Friday, June 25, 2010

Jacksonville Adds 7-day Cruises to Its Portfolio

Carnival Cruise Lines has announced the addition of a new 7-day eastern Caribbean cruise itinerary aboard the Carnival Fascination from the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) Cruise Terminal. The recently renovated 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination will offer a series of six week-long cruises to Grand Turk, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, and Nassau, complementing the ship’s popular 4- and 5-day Bahamas/Key West departures.

Half Moon Cay is a crescent-shaped island offering magnificent beaches, a children’s water park, private cabanas, and a variety of shore excursion opportunities. Grand Turk is an eight-square-mile island with beautiful white-sand beaches, the Caribbean’s largest Margaritaville restaurant, and centuries-old historical sites.

“Jacksonville has already proven to be a successful homeport based on the convenient cruise options that we offer to consumers from across the Southeastern US,” said Rick Ferrin, JAXPORT Chief Executive Officer. “We thank Carnival for this clear sign of its commitment to the bright future of JAXPORT’s cruise business.”

Added Gerry Cahill, Carnival President and CEO, “Guest feedback indicates a strong desire for more eastern Caribbean ports, particularly more intimate destinations such as Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk, and these new itineraries provide guests with an exciting new vacation option.”

Reservations are currently being accepted for the new week-long Caribbean programs aboard the Carnival Fascination. Departure dates include April 30, May 7, July 23 and 30, and Sept. 17 and 24, 2011. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, head to, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, or visit

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