Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Carnival Adds Unique 'Spirit' to Mexican Riviera Cruises

Carnival Cruise Lines will introduce a new one-of-a-kind schedule from San Diego encompassing 5- and 9-day Mexican Riviera voyages aboard the 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit beginning Dec. 10, 2010.

On this unique program, 5-day cruises will visit the popular resort town of Cabo San Lucas for two full days. The 2-day visits to Cabo San Lucas were selected based on guest feedback requesting more time to enjoy this popular destination, which is highlighted by its distinctive rock formations, lush landscape, and aqua-blue waters teeming with tropical fish. Five-day cruises depart Sunday and return Friday, offering the ideal short cruise vacation at an attractive price.

Nine-day cruises depart Friday and return Sunday so guests can enjoy a longer cruise with more time in the ports of call, all within a typical weekend-to-weekend vacation period. In addition to a 2-day call in Cabo San Lucas, the 9-day cruises will also visit Puerto Vallarta, a charming city where guests can relax on white-sand beaches or stroll along the famed Malecon, a seaside walkway lined with restaurants, art galleries, and shops. Also featured is Mazatlan, known as the Pearl of the Pacific for its beautiful beaches, abundant marine life, and myriad fishing and diving opportunities. Rounding out the itinerary is La Paz, a sun worshippers’ paradise famous for its sportfishing, snorkeling and scuba diving, with white-sand beaches stretching the length of its waterfront. This is the first time La Paz has been featured as a regular stop on a Carnival itinerary.

Carnival Spirit will operate its new 5- and 9-day Mexican Riviera schedule through April 1, 2011. The Carnival Spirit will then offer its previously scheduled 12-day Hawaii cruises (April 10 and 22, 2011) and a full season of 7-day Alaska cruises departing from Seattle (beginning May 10, 2011).

The new 5- and 9-day cruises replace the Carnival Spirit’s previously scheduled 8-day Mexican Riviera program. Guests scheduled to sail on the 8-day voyages have the following options: switch to a new 9-day Mexican Riviera cruise with their 8-day cruise fare protected; re-book an alternate Carnival sailing and receive a $50 per person on-board credit; or cancel and receive a full refund.

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