Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Carnival Cruise Lines’ Ships Are On The Move

Some of the world’s best “islands” are those that float and move—they’re called cruise ships. Avid cruise passengers have their favorite lines and ships, but sometimes those ships’ itineraries get stale when repeated too often. Carnival Cruise Lines fans now have some new routes to look forward to as the line shuffles things up a bit to offer more choices in homeport as well as destinations.

Carnival Liberty to San Juan; Carnival Valor to Port Canaveral
Beginning in March 2015, the Carnival Liberty and Carnival Valor will swap homeports with the Carnival Liberty shifting to San Juan to operate year-round 7-day Caribbean cruises, a program currently operated by Carnival Valor. At the same time, Carnival Valor will shift to Port Canaveral to take over Carnival Liberty’s program of 5- to 8-day year-round Caribbean cruises.

Carnival Liberty’s San Juan-based schedule kicks off March 29, 2015, with an itinerary featuring day-long visits to six tropical destinations: St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten, each featuring gorgeous beaches, a distinctive island ambiance and a variety of water sports.

Carnival Valor will launch a 5- to 8-day schedule from Port Canaveral March 27, 2015. Five-day cruises call at Nassau, Freeport and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay or Key West, while 7-day Caribbean voyages visit Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) and Costa Maya or St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Nassau. Two different 8-day itineraries will be offered—one featuring Grand Turk, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and San Juan, and another calling at Aruba, Curacao or Bonaire, and Grand Turk.

Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty will also operate two special voyages in March 2015 in preparation for their new homeport deployments. Carnival Liberty will offer a four-port, 7-day voyage from Port Canaveral to San Juan March 22-29, 2015, calling at St. Thomas, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, and Tortola. Carnival Valor will offer a one-time 5-day voyage departing San Juan March 22 and arriving in Port Canaveral March 27, 2015, featuring visits to St. Maarten and St. Thomas.

Carnival Sunshine, Carnival Pride & Carnival Splendor Sail to Bermuda in 2015-2016
Carnival Sunshine will offer an 8-day cruise to Bermuda round-trip from Port Canaveral, Florida, Oct. 2-10, 2015, featuring three full days at this island paradise. During their visit to Bermuda, guests can relax on the island’s legendary pink sand beaches, partake in a wide variety of watersports, including snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving, and visit landmarks such as the Royal Naval Dockyard and Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere.

In addition to Carnival Sunshine’s 8-day voyage, Carnival will offer three other Bermuda cruises in 2015-16—a 7-day voyage on Carnival Splendor from Norfolk departing Oct. 23, 2015, and two 5-day cruises on Carnival Pride from Baltimore departing Oct. 26, 2015, and April 10, 2016.

Images Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines

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