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Carnival Live Concert Series hits Galveston

Carnival is bringing its popular Carnival Live Concert Series to Galveston this summer.

The July 26 sailing of the Carnival Magic will feature a show from Grammy winners The Band Perry who have also been named the Academy of Country Music Vocal Group of the Year.

The show will take place in the ships 1,200 seat theater.

Carnival has focused a lot of attention on its onboard entertainment in recent years with the launch of George Lopez Punchliner comedy clubs on board its ships. The concert series is another facet of that effort. Styx and Journey have performed in the series.

And it also provides those onboard with a unique experience of catching popular acts in an up close environment.

“What really makes this a different concert experience is that the band and fan vibe is phenomenal,” Carnival director of brand relations Jay Rand said. “Guests are in vacation mode, and the band is at guard-down ease. These artists are tearing it up in intimate venues that host fewer than 1,200 fans.”

While there is an admission charge to Carnival Live Concert Series performances on ships, the ticket costs are reasonable. For example, upcoming Styx shows later this month will cost $35 with an option to pay more to have VIP meet and greet with the band.

Magic is one of the line’s newer ships. Launched in 2011 it features everything one would expect a cruise ship to have including dining options ranging from the Mongolian Wok to the Tex Mex themed Cucina De Capitano. The ship also features an adults only retreat and Dr. Seuss at Sea for kids.

The voyage will also include stops in the Bahamas and Key West.

While Carnival cruises are extremely popular with Texans they draw a fairly large number of passengers from Oklahoma. On just about any given sailing, on just about any line, when a cruise director asks the crowd where they’re from at the welcome aboard shows about 80 percent of the crowd applause for Texas and just about everyone else is from Oklahoma.

Carnival’s presence in Galveston also includes th Freedom which offers seven day cruises and the Triumph which offers shorter voyages.

Princess, which is also part of the Carnival brand, operates sailings out of the new Houston Bayport Cruise Terminal as well, giving the parent company a sizeable presence in the Lone Star State.




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