Carnival Sunshine and Liberty head to Port Canaveral.
Good news from Carnival Cruise Lines today, especially if you live near Florida’s Space Coast or New Orleans. The recently refurbished (to the tune of $155 million) Carnival Sunshine and the Carnival Liberty will sail year-round from Port Canaveral, Florida. To make room for these Funship 2.0 upgraded ships, the Carnival Dream will head to New Orleans.
To kick off the repositioning, after the Carnival Sunshine completes the 2013-2014 winter cruise season in New Orleans, the ship will embark on a special 11-day cruise from the Big Easy to the Space Coast, visiting Montego Bay, Aruba, Curacao and St. Thomas departing on April 6, 2014. On April, 17, 2014, a one-time two-day Bahamas cruise will also be offered from Port Canaveral.
Here’s the skinny on the latest 2014 Carnival cruise ship shuffle:
Year-round, seven-day cruises from Port Canaveral to the eastern and western Caribbean, along with a few eight-day Caribbean cruises and five-day departures featuring Florida, Caribbean and Bahamian ports. Itineraries to be announced.
Beginning May 4, 2014, the Carnival Liberty, will reposition from Miami to Port Canaveral and operate a year-round schedule of five- and eight-day Caribbean cruises. Five-day cruises call at Key West, Nassau and Freeport. There will be two special eight-day cruises to the eastern Caribbean itinerary calling on Grand Turk, St. Thomas, Tortola, and St. Maarten and a southern Caribbean program visiting Aruba, Curacao and Grand Turk. There will be a few seven-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises occasionally, throughout the year.
Carnival Dream to New Orleans
Beginning April 20, 2014, Carnival Dream will launch year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises from New Orleans. There will also be a unique nine-day cruise departing April 5, 2014, from Port Canaveral to New Orleans with calls in Aruba, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, along with a special six-day cruise round-trip from New Orleans departing April 14, 2014, visiting Costa Maya, Roatan and Cozumel. On its regular schedule from New Orleans, Carnival Dream will offer three distinctly different three-port, seven-day eastern and western Caribbean options.
After repositioning from Baltimore to Tampa, the Carnival Pride will cruise seven-day western Caribbean itineraries which include Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Mahogany Bay (Roatan) and Belize, December 2014 through April 2015. A special five-day cruise will be available on Carnival Pride departing Dec. 16, 2014, visiting Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
There will also be unique eight-day one-way cruises available from Baltimore to San Juan on Nov. 30, 2014, and from San Juan to Tampa on Dec. 8, 2014. These voyages include visits to Grand Turk, St. Kitts, St. Thomas and St. Maarten.
The Carnival Paradise will remain in New Orleans sailing four- and five-day western Caribbean cruises.
This ship will remain in Tampa through Aug. 17, 2014, and then reposition to Australia for a seasonal schedule of voyages from Sydney.
It looks like a busy year ahead for Port Canaveral and New Orleans as Carnival Cruise Line significantly increases passenger capacity for both of these easy-to-reach, drive-to ports.
Photo credit: Carnival Cruise Line
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