Last week the 1,452-passenger Holiday sailed its final voyage for Carnival Cruise Lines when it departed on a 5-day western Caribbean cruise from Mobile, Alabama. For the past 24 years, the 46,052-ton vessel has operated a wide variety of itineraries for the line, playing a critical role in the company’s rise to world’s largest cruise operator.
Launched in 1985, the Holiday was revolutionary for its enclosed double width promenade and inventive interior design, which included a1930s-era bus that sat along the promenade. The Holiday also played an important role in pioneering the short cruise market, introducing 3- and 4-day service from Southern California and, most recently, 4- and 5-day voyages from Mobile. Upon returning from its final Carnival voyage, the Holiday will undergo a refurbishment and be transferred to IberoCruises, Carnival’s Spanish cruise operator. The 2,056-passenger Fantasy will replace the Holiday in Mobile beginning Nov. 10.
Meanwhile, with little fanfare, Norwegian Majesty has wrapped up service in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Originally launched as Royal Majesty for Majesty Cruise Line in 1992, the 1,462-passenger Norwegian Majesty sailed for more than a decade under the NCL flag, most recently to Bermuda from the northeast and the Caribbean from Charleston, SC. At this time NCL has no plans to replace her winter cruise itineraries from Charleston with another ship. Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Spirit will carry on the tradition of NCL cruises to Bermuda.