Northeasterners have some new cruise opportunities from close-to-home embarkation ports to look forward to as Carnival Cruise Lines plans to operate an extended schedule of voyages from Boston. With a series of round-trip 4- and 5-day eastern Canada cruises aboard the 2,974-passenger Carnival Glory beginning in June 2012, Carnival will be the only cruise line offering short cruises from Boston to the Canadian Maritimes. On the all-new program, Carnival Glory will sail from the recently refurbished Black Falcon Cruise Terminal on 4-day “long weekend” cruises departing Thursdays to Saint John, New Brunswick, and 5-day voyages departing Mondays and Saturdays to Halifax, Nova Scotia; and Saint John. The program will operate June 10 to July 26, 2012. A special 7-day cruise will be offered June 3-10, 2012, with visits to Portland, Maine; Saint John, Halifax; and Sydney, Nova Scotia.
“We are thrilled to offer these 4- and 5-day cruises from Boston which is not only a world-class destination but also provides a convenient and affordable drive-to homeport for millions of Northeastern U.S. residents,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival’s president and CEO. “Carnival Glory is a fantastic ‘Fun Ship’ with so much to offer and on these cruises guests can visit charming and historic cities in eastern Canadian Maritimes while enjoying all the fun and excitement that Carnival is known for.”
Saint John is a nature lover’s paradise, highlighted by such landmarks as Reversing Falls, where the highest tides in the world intersect with the St. John River and force it to flow backwards twice daily, and the Bay of Fundy, with its gorgeous backdrop of rugged rock formations. Also popular is Saint John’s Historic District, lined with stately Victorian homes, elegant churches and quaint boutiques and eateries.
Founded in 1749 and known as the “Gateway to the Canadian Atlantic,” Halifax is a charming yet cosmopolitan city with outstanding restaurants, shops, and museums and unique cultural experiences. Here, guests can visit Peggy’s Cove, a fishing village famous for its granite coastline, tour the city’s many lighthouses, or observe the changing of the guard at The Citadel, a centuries-old fortress. Other on-shore activities such as kayaking and hiking are also available.
Passengers can also enjoy the many on-board facilities and features of the Carnival Glory, including a 270-square-foot Seaside Theatre poolside LED screen displaying movies, concerts and other programming; a 13,300-square foot spa; four swimming pools (one with the line’s signature Twister Waterslide); spacious and modern play areas for children, ’tweens and teens; and Serenity, an exclusive adults-only retreat. A wide range of dining venues, from twin full-service dining rooms and a two-level casual poolside eatery featuring a 24-hour pizzeria to a sushi bar and a classic American steakhouse are available as well.
Following up on its cruises from Boston, Carnival Glory will reposition to New York for a series of 4-day voyages to Saint John and 5-day voyages to Saint John and Halifax from Aug 1 through Sept 3, 2012. Carnival Glory will also offer five week-long fall foliage cruises round-trip from New York to Halifax, Saint John, Boston, and Portland, Maine. Departure dates include Sept 8, 15, 22, and 29 and Oct 6, 2012.
The ship will also operate a series of cruises round-trip from Norfolk, Va., in the spring and fall. Spring 6-day Bahamas departures will be available on May 15, 21 and 27. In the fall, there will be a 6-day Bahamas cruise on Oct 14 and 22; a 5-day Bahamas cruise on Oct 28; and a special 2-day cruise on Oct 20, 2012.
Reservations are currently being accepted for the Carnival Glory’s voyages from Boston, New York, and Norfolk. For additional information, visit carnival.com.