Carnival increases cruises from Port Canaveral in 2016

By ,   April 15, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Carnival Cruise Line is deploying its newest class on 7-day 2016 Caribbean voyages from Port Canaveral. The line is also expanding capacity on 3- and 4-day Bahamas cruises by 34%.

On 25 February 2016 Carnival Victory will replace the 2,052-passenger Carnival Sensation, offering short cruises to the Bahamas. Besides being larger, carrying 2,758 passengers, the Victory boasts more features, including four swimming pools and a larger spa. 3-day Bahamas cruises will depart Thursdays and call at Nassau, while 4-day - Sundays and visit both Nassau and Freeport

Carnival Victory will remain in Port Canaveral through October 2016, when its short Bahamas voyages will be taken over by the Valor (currently based there). Carnival Valor is scheduled for an extensive drydock in 2016 March to add the Fun Ship 2.0 features of the line.

Additionally, Carnival Sensation will be repositioned to Miami to offer year-round 4- and 5-day cruises calling in at top ports in the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and Florida. On ship’s new Miami-based schedule, 4-day cruises depart Thursdays and visit Key West and Cozumel or Nassau and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, while 5-day sailings depart Mondays and Saturdays and feature some of the top ports in the Caribbean and Bahamas, including Ocho Rios, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman, Freeport, Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Amber Cove (Dominican Republic).

In December 2016, Carnival Magic will join the Sunshine in Port Canaveral, offering week-long Caribbean itineraries. The 3,690-passenger ship is the only one in the fleet to boast all Fun Ship 2.0 features. Before arriving in Florida, the Magic will reposition from Galveston with a special 8-day Carnival Journey itinerary, departing 9 December 2016 and calling at less-visited ports for Carnival - St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Amber Cove.  Carnival Magic will then launch year-round 7-day cruises from Port Canaveral with two distinctly different itineraries – an eastern Caribbean visiting St. Thomas, Grand Turk, San Juan and Nassau or Amber Cove; and a western Caribbean route featuring Belize, Cozumel, Mahogany Bay and Costa Maya.

In preparation for her Space Coast debut, the Magic will sail on a special 12-day voyage departing from Galveston on November 27 and arriving in Port Canaveral on December 9, 2016.  Featured ports include Cozumel, Limon, Colon, Cartagena, Santa Marta, Aruba and Grand Turk.