In the last week, Carnival has made three major announcements for 2013 including which ship is headed to Europe and some shuffling between the port of Miami and San Juan and a West Coast-East Coast switcheroo.
-- Currently offering year-round Caribbean cruises out of the Port of Tampa
-- Headed across the pond for 17 European cruises between April 22 and Oct. 31, 2013, visiting 34 ports across 18 countries
-- Currently offering Mexican Riviera cruises out of the Port of San Diego
-- Will spend the summer based out of Seattle for Alaskan itineraries
-- Headed to Australia (with a stop in Hawaii) in fall 2012 where it will operate 8- to 13-day Pacific Islands and New Zealand cruises
-- Currently sailing 8-day southern and eastern Caribbean voyages out of Port Everglades
-- Will head to New York for Caribbean voyages in April 2012 through April 2013
-- Headed to the port of Long Beach in April 2013 for Mexican Riviera cruises, then summers in Seattle for Alaskan cruises, before heading back to Long Beach from October 2013-April 2014 for more Mexican Riviera as well as occasional trips to Hawaii
-- Currently sailing year-round out of the Port of Long Beach on mostly 7-day Mexican Riviera and some Hawaiian trips
-- Headed to New York to replace the Carnival Miracle for year-round 8-day Caribbean and Bahamas cruises
-- Currently sailing 6-, 7- and 8-day Caribbean voyages out of the Port of Miami
-- Headed to San Juan in February 2013 for 7-night southern Caribbean itineraries replacing the smaller Carnival Victory
-- Currently sailing out of the port of San Juan, Puerto Rico on 7-day southern Caribbean trips
-- Headed to PortMiami in February 2013 to take over the Carnival Destiny's 4- and 5-night Caribbean trips
-- Currently sailing 4- and 5-night Caribbean itineraries out of the Port of Miami
-- Headed to Europe on a transatlantic voyage in February 2013 with future itineraries not revealed as of yet
Some interesting takeaways from all these shifts:
-- The Valor shift to Puerto Rico gives the line its largest ship ever deployed out of San Juan for southern Caribbean trips.
-- The Victory taking over for the Destiny gives Miami its largest ship ever for 4- and 5-night Caribbean trips.
-- The Destiny's unannounced future beyond a transatlantic voyage to Europe has some speculating that Carnival will be shifting the ship to sister cruise line Costa.
-- The Legend had been offering year-round service in Tampa, but Carnival still offers year-round service there from the Carnival Paradise. Carnival is the only line offering year-round service in Tampa, which also hosts seasonal cruises from Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Line.
-- The Miracle's departure from Port Everglades leaves Fort Lauderdale with only one Carnival ship, the Carnival Freedom.
-- PortMiami currently hosts five Carnival ships with the Destiny, Glory, Imagination, Liberty and Valor. The Glory leaves for New England and Canada cruises in June, but returns in November with the brand new Carnival Breeze. The Victory and Valor will trade places in February 2013, keeping PortMiami with a total of five Carnival ships in 2013.
-- The Carnival Splendor's departure from southern California marks the end of the line's year-round 7-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera. With its 3,006-passenger regular capacity, the Splendor will dramatically increase the potential customer base in New York over the 2,124-passenger Miracle.
Below is a roundup of the new offerings by ship, including some unique South American itineraries available during the repositioning of all of the ships:
South America and Panama Canal cruises:
Carnival Splendor will offer three South America voyages in February and March 2013. A 17-day "South America Explorer" cruise will depart Long Beach Feb. 3 and arrive Santiago (Valparaiso), Chile, Feb. 20, 2013, visiting Cabo San Lucas and Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Quito (Manta), Ecuador, where guests can embark on an excursion to the Galapagos; Lima (Callao), Peru, offering an opportunity to visit Machu Picchu; and Arica, Chile.
A 13-day "Fjords, Glaciers & Patagonia" voyage will operate from Santiago (Valparaiso) to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb. 20 to March 5, 2013, calling at Puerto Montt, Chile, before cruising the Chilean Fjords and Darwin Channel. This breathtaking itinerary is followed by calls at Punta Arenas, Chile; Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn, Argentina; and Montevideo, Uruguay.
An 18-day "Brazilian & Caribbean Splendor" voyage sailing from Buenos Aires to New York March 5-23, 2013, will feature ports that include Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Recife, and Fortaleza, Brazil; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands.
Carnival Miracle will operate a 15-day Panama Canal cruise from New York to Long Beach March 16-31, 2013, positioning the vessel for its year-round West Coast deployment with stops in Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; Cartagena, Colombia; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Carnival Miracle to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexican Riviera
Carnival Miracle will operate seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach featuring the seaside resort town of Puerto Vallarta and a special two-day visit to beautiful Cabo San Lucas. These popular cruises will be offered in April 2013 and from October 2013 through April 2014.
Carnival Miracle will reposition from Long Beach to Seattle in spring 2013 to operate the line's seven-day "Fun Ship" Alaska program. Following a special eight-day Alaska cruise from Vancouver to Seattle departing April 29, the week-long voyages will depart from Seattle every Tuesday from May 7 to Sept. 10, 2013, calling at the scenic Alaska destinations of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria, British Columbia, and cruising Tracy Arm Fjord.
Carnival Miracle will offer several 15-day Hawaii cruises in 2013 and 2014. Three cruises will operate roundtrip from Long Beach with departures on Oct. 19 and Dec. 7, 2013, as well as Jan. 18, 2014. There will also be a 15-day Hawaii cruise from Long Beach to Vancouver departing April 14, 2013 and another from Vancouver to Long Beach departing Sept. 17, 2013. These voyages feature ports of call including Hilo, Kona, Nawiliwili, Kahului, and Honolulu.
Carnival Splendor to cruise year-round from New York
Beginning March 23, 2013, Carnival Splendor will launch a year-round schedule of eight-day Caribbean cruises from New York with three unique itineraries that showcase the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida. The eight-day itineraries include Bahamas/Florida cruises with port calls to Port Canaveral (Orlando), Fla., Nassau and Freeport, The Bahamas; Eastern Caribbean departures with visits to San Juan, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and Grand Turk; and Eastern Caribbean cruises to the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Nassau. There will also be a special seven-day Bermuda cruise departing April 16, 2013.
Carnival Destiny's transatlantic voyage
Carnival Destiny will offer a 16-day transatlantic crossing departing Miami Feb. 4 and arriving Civitavecchia (Rome) on Feb. 20, 2013. Featured ports on the crossing include Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal; Malaga, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Genoa and Livorno, Italy.
Port-intensive weeklong cruises from San Juan
Beginning Feb. 10, 2013, Carnival Valor will launch seven-day Southern Caribbean sailings from San Juan becoming the port's newest and largest year-round ship. The itinerary features extended calls at five tropical islands St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. Lucia, West Indies; St. Kitts, West Indies; and St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. In addition to featuring some of the Caribbean's most beautiful beaches, these seaside destinations are known for their world-class snorkeling and scuba diving, as well as water sports opportunities.
Four- and five-day voyages from Miami
Carnival Victory will become the newest and largest ship to offer year-round four- and five-day cruises from Miami when it launches service on Feb. 4, 2013. Carnival Victory's Miami-based schedule features three distinctly different itineraries, providing consumers with a variety of convenient and affordable cruise options departing from one of America's top tourist destinations.
Four-day "long weekend" cruises departing Thursdays call at Key West, Fla., and Cozumel, Mexico; five-day cruises departing Mondays include stops at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay; and Nassau, The Bahamas. Five-day voyages departing Saturdays feature George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Each of these destinations offers a truly unique vacation experience, with miles of gorgeous white-sand beaches and an interesting array of shore excursion choices such as zip-lining, horseback riding, kayaking, and more.
Special voyages from Miami and San Juan
Carnival Victory will also offer a one-of-a-kind eight-day cruise from San Juan to Miami departing Jan. 27, 2013, with stops at St. Thomas, Aruba, Curacao and Nassau, while Carnival Valor will feature a one-time seven-day cruise from Miami to San Juan departing on Feb. 3, 2013, visiting Grand Turk, Antigua, St. Kitts and St. Thomas.
Norway/Western Europe, British Isles cruises round-trip from Dover
For the first time, Carnival Legend will offer an extended series of voyages from Dover (London) with 12-day cruises to Norway/Western Europe, the British Isles and the Baltic, each offering a spectacular array of interesting and awe-inspiring ports of call, from quaint villages to cosmopolitan cities.
The program includes a "Norway & Western Europe" which will operate Sept. 1-13, 2013, and visit Alesund, Bergen, Stavanger, and Oslo, Norway; Hamburg, Germany; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Zeebrugge (Bruges), Brussels, Belgium; and Le Havre (Paris), France.
A "British Isles, Norway & France" voyage will depart Sept. 13, 2013, and feature stops at Stavanger, Norway; Edinburgh, Invergordon, and Glasgow (Greenock) Scotland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; and Le Havre (Paris), France.
Six "Baltic Wonders & St. Petersburg" cruises will also be offered, visiting Copenhagen, Denmark; Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia (overnight call); Tallinn, Estonia; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Departure dates include June 21, July 3, 15 and 27, and Aug. 8 and 20, 2013. The June 21 departure will visit Zeebrugge (Bruges), Brussels, Belgium, instead of Amsterdam.
12-day Mediterranean cruises
Several different Mediterranean cruises will also be offered. The schedule includes 12-day cruises from Venice to Barcelona departing May 4 and 28, and Oct. 31, 2013. On these voyages, guests visit Dubrovnik, Croatia; Messina, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Livorno, Italy; and Marseilles, France. The May 4 and Oct. 31 departures also include Athens, Greece; and Izmir, Turkey; while the May 28 voyage stops at Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Carnival Legend will also operate 12-day Western Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona to Dover June 9-21 and from Dover to Barcelona Sept. 25-Oct. 7, 2013. These cruises visit Marseilles, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Livorno and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy; Malaga, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal.
Also featured are three "Grand Mediterranean" voyages sailing from Barcelona to Venice April 22, May 16 and Oct. 19, 2013. These voyages feature stops at Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Marseilles, France; Livorno, Naples, Civitavecchia (Rome) and Messina, Italy; and Dubrovnik, Croatia, along with an overnight call in Venice. The Oct. 19 voyage will include a stop at Olbia (Sardinia), Italy, instead of Monaco.
Rounding out Carnival Legend's 2013 Europe program is a 12-day voyage round-trip from Barcelona Oct. 7-19, 2013, with calls at Marseilles, France; Livorno, Civitavecchia (Rome), and Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Venice (overnight call) and Messina, Italy.
15-day transatlantic crossings in April and November 2013
Carnival Legend will operate a 15-day transatlantic crossing departing Tampa on April 7 and arriving Barcelona April 22, 2013. Featured ports on this voyage include King's Wharf, Bermuda; Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal; and Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
Following its European schedule, the ship will operate another 15-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to Tampa Nov. 12-27, 2013, calling at Palma de Mallorca and Malaga, Spain; Funchal (Madeira), Portugal; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay.
From Tampa, Carnival Legend will sail on a special four-day cruise before resuming seven-day Caribbean service Dec. 1, 2013. The week-long cruises call at Half Moon Cay; Nassau, The Bahamas; and Key West, Fla.; or George Town, Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; Mahogany Bay, Roatan; and Belize City, Belize.
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