Carnival Cruise Lines has a number of exciting developments for the coming year, including the debut of the new 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze, the line’s widest array of European cruises ever, and a $155 million makeover of the Carnival Destiny. Here are some highlights from the upcoming changes:
Launch of New Carnival Breeze – The 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze debuted June 3, 2012, with a 12-day voyage from Venice then launches a series of 12-day Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona. Following a 15-day transatlantic crossing, Carnival Breeze will offer a port-intensive six- and eight-day Caribbean year-round cruise schedule from Miami beginning November 24, 2012. Carnival Breeze will also introduce Carnival’s first Thrill Theater, with interactive special effects, as well as new culinary choices such as Bonsai Sushi, the line’s first full-service sushi restaurant, and an open-air outdoor dining venue called Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ.
Carnival Destiny Becomes Carnival Sunshine After $155 Million Refit – Representing Carnival’s most ambitious transformation project ever, Carnival Destiny will undergo a $155 million makeover incorporating all of the “Fun Ship 2.0” dining, bar and entertainment features, as well as adding 182 new cabins. The redesign will be so extensive that the ship will be renamed Carnival Sunshine following a 49-day dry dock, which takes place next spring. Carnival Sunshine will operate a summer schedule of Mediterranean voyages before repositioning to New Orleans on year-round Caribbean cruises in the fall. Carnival Sunshine’s features include the line’s first three-level Serenity adults-only retreat and additions like Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Food Network Personality Guy Fieri, the RedFrog Pub, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and Blue Iguana Tequila Bar, and newly designed spa and children’s facilities.
Carnival’s First Year-Round Schedule from New York – Carnival Miracle kicked off the line’s first year-round schedule from New York April 12, 2012, offering three different eight-day itineraries. Several dining and entertainment choices debuted in conjunction with the new year-round program, including The Taste Bar, a casual dining option offering complimentary bite-size offerings; The Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez, who serves as the line’s “curator of comedy”; and The Punchliner Comedy Brunch presented by George Lopez, offering up heaping servings of laughter along with a new twist on the traditional culinary feast with comedians who entertain guests as they enjoy delicious brunch-time favorites.
Carnival’s Largest European Season Ever in 2013 – Carnival will deploy two ships in Europe offering an exciting choice of options, including the line’s first Norwegian fjords itinerary and its first extended program from the UK. From April to October 2013, Carnival Legend will operate 12-day voyages to Norway/Western Europe, the British Isles and the Baltic departing from Dover (London), along with 12-day Mediterranean cruises departing from Venice, Barcelona and Dover. Carnival Sunshine will launch a series of Mediterranean cruises beginning from either Barcelona or Venice. In total, next year Carnival Legend and Carnival Sunshine will operate 35 European cruises visiting 34 ports across 18 countries.
Carnival Glory to Operate Series of Voyages from Boston – For the first time, Carnival is operating an extended schedule of voyages from Boston with a series of round-trip four- and five-day eastern Canada cruises aboard Carnival Glory that began June 2012. Carnival is the only cruise line offering short cruises from Boston to eastern Canada. Carnival Glory departs Thursdays from the recently refurbished Black Falcon Cruise Terminal on four-day “long weekend” cruises to Saint John, and Mondays and Saturdays on five-day voyages to Halifax and Saint John. The program operates through July 26, 2012. Carnival Glory will offer a similar program from Boston in 2013.
Carnival is “The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line®” with 24 ships operating three- to 18-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, Bermuda, South America, Panama Canal, Tahiti, the Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Norway, the Baltic and the British Isles. The company recently expanded its fleet with the launch of the 130,000-ton Carnival Breeze, which entered service from Europe June 3, 2012.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com. Carnival can also be found on:
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/carnival
Journalists also can visit Carnival’s media site, www.carnival-news.com or follow the line’s PR department on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CarnivalPR
Source: Carnival News
Photo credits: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines