Carnival Cruise Line is launching unique longer cruises. Carnival Journeys are a collection of 9- to 15-day voyages starting 2015 fall and including ports of call the line does not usually go to throughout Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii, along with unique experiences created especially for the new cruise program.
Carnival’s senior vice president Terry Thornton said they kicked off with an 11-day sailing aboard Carnival Dream to San Juan from New Orleans on October 4. He added this was the first cruise ever from New Orleans to call in Bermuda. The Dream would be also calling at Nassau, St. Maarten and St. Thomas.
Another example was a 13-day round-trip voyage on the Miracle from Long Beach, calling at Cabos, La Paz, Mazatlan, Manzanillo, Ixtapa and Puerto Vallarta. The longer sailing allowed adding new port content. According to Terry Thornton, in the Caribbean, Carnival were also going back to Bonarie, Dominica and Grenada - ports they usually did not go to or had not been visiting in a long time.
Currently open for sale are 28 Carnival Journeys. Thornton said more would likely be offered as Carnival opened more of its cruise ships for bookings through 2017 April.
Carnival Journeys will feature the following brand-new shipboard activities:
Authentic Eats: Carnival partners with local chefs and restaurants, so guests will be able to enjoy onboard cooking demonstrations. Local chefs will prepare traditional cuisine and signature dishes from their country. Participants will have an opportunity to accompany the chef during his (her) visits to the local market for regional specialties and dine at the restaurant ashore for a nominal fee.
“Local”-tainment: From Goombay, soca and calypso to folkloric entertainment, Carnival passengers will get a personal look at the destination through local entertainment performances outside the ship or on board.
Academy of Fun: Carnival’s experts will instruct passengers through educational enrichment sessions. The topics range from arts and crafts to cooking, celestial navigation, digital photography or social media. All activities will be performed in Carnival’s “fun” style.
Throwback Seaday: Carnival will set to 1987 the “way back machine” and recreate a fun-at-sea day with deck games, retro pool and old school dining options like the gala midnight buffet and Baked Alaska, a circa 1987 version of Carnival Capers shipboard newsletter, a white glove Captain’s celebration, popular movies from that era, and more.
Shipboard Team Member Connection: Carnival Journeys participants will learn more about onboard life through sessions of questions and answers hosted by the captain, cruise director and others, held throughout the voyage. Team Member Connection provides an opportunity to interact with the team of Carnival in a casual setting. A show performed by the crew during the cruise is also planned.
According to Thornton, these sailings would allow people to enjoy Carnival cruises in a different way. The payback would come from attracting guests who had not yet sailed with the line and repeat passengers. An expected side benefit would be a rise in demand for the regular voyages before and after Carnival Journeys.