From the launch of the new 130,000-ton Carnival Magic – set to debut in May with a series of Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona -- to an expanded schedule of Bermuda cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines has a number of exciting developments on tap for the coming year:
New Carnival Magic set to debut
Carnival’s newest “Fun Ship,” the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic is set to debut on May 1 with a series of seven- to 12-day Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona.
After a 16-day transatlantic crossing, Carnival Magic launches seven-day Caribbean service from Galveston Nov. 14, becoming the largest ship based at the port year-round.
Carnival Magic will offer a host of exciting innovations, including the Caribbean-themed RedFrog Pub featuring its own private label beer, Cucina del Capitano, an Italian restaurant that brings the heritage of Carnival’s captains to the table and SportsSquare, an outdoor recreation area featuring the first-ever ropes course and outdoor fitness area on a cruise ship.
Other features include a spectacular water park, an exclusive adults-only retreat, a wrap-around promenade with whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides, expansive spa and children’s facilities and a variety of accommodation choices.
Dramatic expansion of Bermuda cruises
Carnival will dramatically expand its Bermuda cruise schedule this year, offering 16 departures to the island from four popular eastern U.S. homeports -- Baltimore, Norfolk, Va.; New York and, for the first time, Charleston, S.C.
Carnival will be the only cruise line offering Bermuda cruises from Charleston. The 16 Bermuda voyages -- the most the line has ever offered -- will encompass a variety of six-, seven- and eight-day cruises from April through November 2011.
Carnival to base third ship in Port Canaveral
Carnival Ecstasy will reposition to Port Canaveral, Fla., for a one-of-a-kind schedule of four- and five-day Bahamas cruises beginning November 7.
The move further bolsters Carnival’s position as Port Canaveral’s largest cruise operator with three year-round ships carrying approximately 600,000 guests annually.
On Carnival Ecstasy’s new schedule, the ship will depart Thursdays on four-day “long weekend” cruises visiting Nassau and Half Moon Cay or Freeport, while five-day cruises will depart Mondays and Saturdays and call at Nassau, Freeport and Half Moon Cay or Key West.
New homeports for Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Paradise
Starting in the fall, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Inspiration will reposition to Long Beach, Calif., for three- and four-day Baja departures beginning Dec. 19, while the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise will be deployed to Tampa, Fla., on four- and five-day western Caribbean voyages beginning Dec. 12.
Carnival Inspiration is currently based in Tampa and Carnival Paradise operates from Long Beach. To reposition to their new homeports, each ship will offer a 14-day Panama Canal voyage that will provide consumers with a highly attractive longer length “Fun Ship” cruise option, as well as the unforgettable experience of transiting the Panama Canal.
New Punchliner Comedy Clubs, SuperStar Live Karoake
Carnival has introduced two exciting new shipboard activities – Punchliner Comedy Clubs and SuperStar Live Karaoke.
Building on the success of its first comedy club on Carnival Dream, Punchliner Comedy Clubs will offer five 35-minute shows on multiple nights each voyage, with both family-friendly and adult-oriented performances. SuperStar Live Karaoke allows guests to channel their inner rock star, performing with a live four-piece band and even their own back-up singers. Guests can select from more than 100 classic and contemporary hits spanning a variety of musical genres.
Serenity adults-only retreats now on 13 Carnival Ships
Serenity, the popular adults-only retreats that debuted on the line’s eight Fantasy-class vessels, are now featured on 13 ships within the fleet. Designed as an oceangoing oasis for relaxation and tranquility, Serenity offers colorful umbrellas, comfortable chaise lounges and chairs, thatched roofing offering shaded comfort, oversized whirlpools, teak-like decking, full bar service and, of course, breathtaking sea views.
Carnival is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line," with 22 "Fun Ships" operating voyages ranging from three to 16 days in length to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, New England, Canada, Bermuda, Europe, the Panama Canal, the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. The line has two new 130,000-ton ships scheduled to enter service – Carnival Magic set to debut May 1, 2011, and Carnival Breeze, slated for delivery in spring 2012.
For additional information on Carnival’s “Fun Ship” vacations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
(News release published courtesy of Carnival Cruise Lines)