Carnival Cruise Line announced deployment changes for 2016 in Galveston and Port Canaveral FL, two of its key homeports.
According to Carnival’s president, Christine Duffy, Galveston and Port Canaveral were "two important markets for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising". The deployment changes provided line's guests and travel agent partners with new options featuring various on-board innovations and visiting top destinations in Mexico, Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean.
Carnival Breeze, which was originally planned to reposition to Galveston in December 2016, will now move there several months early - in May 2016 to replace the Magic and assume its 7-night Western Caribbean and Bahamas voyages. Additionally, the Carnival Splendor ship will take over the 6- and 8-night Caribbean year-round sailings of Carnival Breeze from Miami, beginning May 2016. Currently, the Splendour splits time between Miami, Norfolk and New York. Carnival Sunshine is scheduled to fill in the gaps in the latter two ports, left by Splendor.
Carnival Magic will relocate to sail from Port Canaveral in April 2016 and take over Valor's 7-night Caribbean cruises, while Carnival Valor will stay in Port Canaveral where it will offer a different set of itineraries. Following an extensive dry dock in early spring, the ship will offer 3- to 5-night short sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean in April and May 2016. Starting June 2016, Carnival Valor will sail 5- to 8-night Bahamas, Eastern and Southern Caribbean voyages.
All bookings for Carnival Breeze sailings between May and December 2016 from Miami will be transferred automatically to Carnival Splendor. As Splendor's fares are lower, all travelers affected will receive price adjustments and a $50 onboard credit per person. If those passengers want to rebook on a different cruise ship, they can do so and will still receive the onboard credit of $50 per person. Affected passengers who choose to cancel completely can do so and receive a full refund.