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CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines Coronavirus update

CCL-Carnival Cruise Line suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through July 2021.

Next are listed CCL-Carnival's first departure dates by ship/homeport in 2021-2022 - BREEZE (July 15/Galveston Texas), CELEBRATION (Nov 6, 2022/Maiden Voyage/Transatlantic Southampton-Miami), CONQUEST (Dec 13/Miami), DREAM (Sept 19/Galveston TX), ECSTASY (March 7, 2022/Jacksonville FL), ELATION (Oct 11/Port Canaveral), FREEDOM (Oct 9/Miami), GLORY (Sept 19/NOLA New Orleans), HORIZON (July 4/Miami), LEGEND (Nov 14/Baltimore to Bermuda), LIBERTY (February 11, 2022/Port Canaveral), MAGIC (Aug 7/Port Canaveral), MARDI GRAS (July 31/Port Canaveral/Maiden Voyage), MIRACLE (July 27/Alaska from Seattle), PANORAMA (Aug 21/Long Beach LA), PARADISE (March 12, 2022/Tampa), PRIDE (Sept 12/Baltimore to Bahamas), RADIANCE (Dec 13/Long Beach LA), SENSATION (March 5, 2022/Mobile Alabama to Mexico), SPIRIT (March 13, 2022/Brisbane Australia), SPLENDOR (March 8, 2022/Sydney Australia), SUNRISE (Aug 14/Miami), SUNSHINE (January 13, 2022/Charleston SC), VALOR (Nov 1/NOLA New Orleans), VISTA (July 3/Galveston Texas).

  • The 2020-built Mardi Gras ship's inaugural cruise (Caribbean from Port Canaveral) was rescheduled from April 24 to May 29, then June 5, July 3, Oct 2.
  • Carnival Radiance (fka Carnival Victory) restarts from Long Beach (3-4-night Catalina Island and Ensenada) on December 23 (rescheduled from Nov 5th due to revised drydock plans).
  • Carnival Legend's Europe 2021 program (May 17 through October 31/Mediterranean from Barcelona) was canceled and the ship restarts on Nov 14, out of Baltimore to Bermuda.
  • Carnival Australia ships restart in 2022 on March 8 (SPLENDOR from Sydney NSW) and March 13 (SPIRIT from Brisbane QLD).
  • CCL's newest boat (Carnival Celebration) has a Maiden Voyage scheduled for Nov 6, 2022 (Transatlantic from Southampton to Miami).

All affected bookings received full monetary refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through CCL packages and services. With rebooking (made by May 31, 2021), refunds were in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to the new booking. Cruises 5-day or shorter received a full monetary refund or a 100% refund in FCC plus USD 300 in OBC (onboard credit) per stateroom. Cruises 6-day and longer received a full monetary refund or a 100% FCC plus USD 600 in OBC per stateroom. Booking cancelations prior to the final payment were penalty-free - unless the booking was on a specific promo offer with a non-refundable deposit and/or cruise fare.

IMPORTANT: Effective July 31, 2021, all unvaccinated passengers boarding CCL ships in Florida (Miami, Port Canaveral, Tampa, Jacksonville) must first buy a travel insurance policy worth at least USD 10,000 (per person). Proof of travel insurance is required at check-in. The policy has to be in the name of the traveling passenger and feature US$10,000 (medical expense coverage) and US$30,000 (emergency medevac coverage, "without COVID exclusions").

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CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines (carnival.com) is a USA passenger shipping company based in Doral, Florida (Miami suburb). The company was originally private (independent), founded in 1972 by Ted Arison (1924-1999). The initial public offering of 20% common stock in 1987 provided capital for fleet expansion. Today, CCL (global market share 13,6% / passengers and 8% / revenue) is one of the 10 brands owned by Carnival Corporation - currently the world's largest passenger shipping company (followed by RCG-Royal Caribbean Group/24% in 2020). As of 2018, Carnival Corporation controlled ~39% of the global ship cruising market (revenue) and around 48% (passengers/39% in 2020), with full ownership of 9 brands (AIDA, CCL, Costa, Cunard, HAL-Holland America, P&O UK & Australia, Princess, Seabourn).

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CCL has the largest fleet in the Corporation's group of companies and accounts for over 1/5 of group's worldwide market share. CCL's executive control is provided by Corporation's North American division. Carnival pioneered the concept of less expensive, short-break cruise itineraries. In 1996, the 101,000-GT Carnival Destiny (now Sunshine) became the world's biggest passenger ship and the first to weigh over 100,000 tons. In October 2012, Carnival Corporation ordered a new-class liner for CCL. It was built by Fincantieri (Italy) as company's largest ever, with passenger capacity 4000, GT tonnage 133,500, speed 23kn (43 kph / 26 mph). The Panama-flagged newbuild (Carnival Vista) was delivered in 2016.

Company changes 2021

IMPORTANT: On June 23, 2021, CCL announced the addition of two ships to its fleet by 2023 - an EXCEL-class (2023-built Carnival Jubilee) and Costa Magica (2004-built). The Costa boat will be drydock refitted and refurbished, Carnival-named, and joins the CCL fleet in 2022-H1.

In June, CCL signed a limited-time partnership deal with Guy Fieri's Flavortown Kitchen (delivery-only restaurant) for the signature "Straight Up Burger" (US$12). The offer was with app-food ordering (Uber Eats, Grubhub, Bite Squad, Waitr, Postmates, DoorDash) and with free delivery. Guy’s Burger Joint (poolside food bar) was introduced in the CCL fleet in 2011 and by 2021 available fleetwide (on 24 liners). On each ship are daily served ~1000 burgers, or ~8 million annually - per boat!

In mid-April, CCL introduced the Carnival Edition Family Feud (priced at US$25). The cruise-themed version of the board game includes 150 questions related to CCL and cruise travel in general.

On February 16, 2021, CCL officially launched "Carnival Monopoly" available for online purchase for USD 40. The limited-edition board game is cruise-themed (Carnival ship properties, port taxes, Cruise Director announcements).

Company changes 2020

Since January 2020, via partnership with PepsiCo Carnival's North American fleet serves various Pepsi-branded beverages, including sparkling water, energy drinks, iced teas, sodas, juices (also no-sugar and low-calorie variations), Starbucks coffee.

The list of Carnival's PepsiCo beverages includes Bubly (water), Gatorade (sports drink), Naked Juice, MTN Dew (carbonated), Pepsi, Pepsi Zero, Pure Leaf (iced teas), Sierra Mist (lemon-lime flavored), Sierra Mist Zero.

Company changes 2019

In August, CCL signed a deal with The Bahamas to build a new cruise port on Grand Bahama Island. The project (~USD 100 million) will create ~1000 jobs.

In November, CCL partnered with Uplift (travel now and pay over time platform). Instead of paying in full upon booking, Uplift Pay Monthly allows Carnival's customers to pay their cruise over time - by making monthly payments for up to 2 years (24 months). The new option allows securing the ship, stateroom and itinerary with a predetermined payment plan and monthly amounts. The new cruise payment option is available for US and Canadian residents only, for all Carnival cruise destinations and through any travel agent, via Carnival.com and the company's call centers. In late-November 2019 was launched shop.carnival.com (online retail store) selling Carnival-logoed merchandise.

In May, CCL partnered with Harlem Globetrotters (exhibition basketball team) to serve as team's official cruise line sponsor, with Carnival-inspired activations taking place at 150+ shows per year. In July 2019, CCL signed a partnership with "Clean the World" - hospitality recycling organization that recycles hotel soap and amenities. Carnival fleet's discarded remnants from staterooms are taken to a recycling center ashore where are sanitized, melted down and reprocessed. The newly-formed bars are not reused onboard, but distributed to vulnerable communities worldwide. As of 2019, Clean the World recycles and distributes recycled hygiene products to 127+ countries.

In April, CCL expanded the shipboard youth programming (fleetwide) via exclusive partnership with Zumbini. The company specializes in 45-min high-energy classes and activities (for kids 0-4 years-old) that combine playing, singing and dancing. Zumbini classes (created by Zumba and BabyFirst) feature group sing-alongs, using musical instruments and learning activities. Carnival's Zumbini program is free of charge, led by ship's youth staff and with 2 classes (30-min each) held at Camp Ocean and other venues. The program targets Carnival Penguins (2-to-5 years old) and is available on itineraries 6-day or longer.

In March, CCL signed an exclusive partnership with Lakeland Brewing Company (Florida) to can and keg CCL own private label beers crafted by a professional brewery team on the new liners Vista and Horizon (at sea). The 3 new craft beers (ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat, ParchedPig West Coast IPA, ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale) are based on unique recipes and currently available (on tap and in 16-oz cans) fleetwide and also at CCL's private port destinations. In October were added ParchedPig Pumpkin Ale and ParchedPig Beach Lager. In mid-March 2019 started construction works on the exclusive Carnival Terminal 3 in Port Canaveral (scheduled inauguration in Oct 2020).

In February, CCL added X-ray security 3D scanning at 9 of company's homeports in North America. For the project (installing a total of 91 units) was contracted "VOTI Detection" (Montreal-based company). The 3D scanners feature advanced imaging and remote diagnosis capabilities. They save the image files which (if needed) can be later re-analyzed.

Company changes 2018

In October 2018, the word "tender" (large boat used for ship-to-shore passenger transportation in ports without berthing facilities) was replaced with "water shuttle". Since Dec 1, 2018, violators of company's shipboard smoking policy are disembarked at the next call port. Previously, they were fined USD 500 cleaning fee.

With the 3x Vista-class liners (Vista/2016, Horizon/2018, Panorama/2019) were introduced the fleet-firsts "IMAX Theater at Sea" (87-seats cinema/part of Carnival Multiplex), "SkyRide" (outdoor/aerial bicycle ride/suspended 2-track bike course), Havana Staterooms (cabin complex with a swimming pool, sundeck, lounge, lanai balconies).

NEW Carnival-XL ship

On November 15, 2018, was the steel-cutting ceremony for Carnival's first XL-Class (largest) cruise liner. The 183900 GT-ton newbuild also features a new livery and is LNG-powered.

new Carnival XL xruise ship

The shipbuilder is Meyer Werft (Turku Shipyard, Finland). The first vessel (Carnival Mardi Gras) is scheduled for delivery in 2021 and homeported in Port Canaveral Florida. The second liner/sistership Carnival Celebration is homeported in Miami starting in November 2022 (the year when CCL celebrates company's 50th Anniversary/on March 11th).

The XL-Class design features a new (red-white-navy blue) hull and was created by the NYC-based naval architecture firm "Bluarch Architecture". The new liners have length 1130 ft (344 m) and passenger capacity 5200 (lower berths). Among the various fleet-first and industry-first innovations is The Ultimate Playground (aft on decks 18-19) - a large family-friendly outdoor play area highlighted by fleet's largest Carnival WaterWorks (aquapark) and an expanded SportSquare (sports complex with a basketball court, ropes course, jogging track, mini-golf). Also new is the "BOLT Ultimate Sea Coaster" (first at sea). The aft-located (Deck 19) BOLT was designed and built by Maurer Rides (Munich Germany-based company) specializing in roller coaster manufacturing. The race track has length 244 m (800 ft), with twists, turns, drops and speeds up to 64 kph (40 mph). Individual speeds are posted after the race. Carnival's roller coaster is all-electric and allows 2 riders to race along in motorbike-like vehicles at height 57 m (187 ft) above the sea. The experience features breathtaking top-deck 360-degree seaviews and ends with a high-speed turn around the cruise ship's funnel (smokestack/chimney).

XL-class cruise ship Carnival Waterworks aqua park with waterslides

(NEW) Carnival China cruise brand

In February 2015, Carnival Corporation signed a MoU with China Merchants Group for 2 joint ventures. The MoU outlined an eventual partnership that could result in a new cruise brand (joint shipowner company), as well as joint development plans for Chinese seaports and destination.

  • MoU's joint venture port plans included the development of transit and turnaround/homeports within China. China Merchants Group (founded 1872) is a state-owned company focusing on infrastructure and transportation, also real estate development and financial services. Currently, Carnival Corporation serves the Chinese market through the brands Princess and Costa.
  • In October 2015, Carnival Corp signed an agreement with the Chinese companies SWS (Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co Ltd, a subsidiary of CSSC / China State Shipbuilding Corporation) and China Investment Corp. The USD 3,88 billion deal established the Hong Kong-based joint venture company CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping to place ship orders with SWS. The company plans to build up to 5 new vessels per year for the next 15-20 years. All ships will be China-homeported and with technical support and design plans provided by Fincantieri. SWS builds some of the world's largest container ships (capacity up to 21000 TEUs) for CSCL.

In February 2017, Carnival Corp and CSSC announced an agreement to build 2 new ships for "CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping Ltd". The deal was officially signed on November 6, 2018.

  • The shipbuilding project has total value ~USD 1,5 billion, not including the options for 4 more liners. Additionally, CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping will purchase 2 existing liners from Costa Group - Costa Atlantica (scheduled transfer by 2019-Q3) and Costa Mediterranea (transfer date TBA).
  • The shipbuilder is SWS. Another joint venture - "CSSC Cruise Technology Development Co Ltd" (SWS plus Fincantieri) will grant shipbuilding technology licenses and provide technical services to SWS, including supply chain and project management, components, fundamental marine systems. New liner's design will be specifically tailored for Chinese cruisers.
  • First ship's delivery was scheduled for 2023, a second follows in 2024. Ship design is based on Vista-Class, with GT 85,000 tons and passenger capacity around 2800.

Carnival Cruise Line ships

Carnival Cruise Line is best-known for implementing top-notch marine technologies, innovative vessel construction methods and ship designs. Its customers are mostly Americans, 30% of which under 35 yo, 40% - between 35-55, 30% over 55.

All CCL liners names have the prefix "Carnival", and are also trademarked "The Fun Ships". Also trademarked is the ship's funnel - colored in red-white-blue, and shaped like a whale tail. Company's vessels offer spacious public spaces and staterooms that are one of the largest at sea with a huge variety of stateroom types in several categories. Between the high-quality amenities are Carnival's terry robes and "Comfort Bed" sleep system with deluxe mattresses, linens, duvets, and pillows - Suite guests can even choose from a "pillow menu".

Carnival cruise ship top deck (Breeze, Dream, Magic)

Carnival is famous for its great cuisine and multiple dining options. The long list of dining venues includes the Main Dining Rooms (with 5-course meals), Chef's Table (ship tour and gourmet cuisine), Supper Club with steakhouse favorites (reservations-only), BlueIguana Cantina (Mexican), Sushi Bar, European-style Patisseries and Cafes, Poolside Bars, themed Kids Dining, Midnight Buffets, 24-hour Pizza and Room Service.

Carnival Cruise Lines ships provide a variety of onboard activities - from napkin-folding classes, Vegas-style revues, and gourmet and galley-kitchen tours to cool deck parties, belly-flop pool competitions, and waterslide races. Signature shipboard facilities are Seaside Theatre (outdoors), Thrill Theatre (3D Cinema), Disco Nightclub, Casino (gambling, tournaments), Stage Shows, Playlist Productions, Hasbro Game Show, Carnival Waterworks (aqua park with slides).

Carnival cruise ship WaterWorks AquaPark waterslide

For those who love sports, Carnival has done a great job by creating the SportSquare with ropes SkyCourse, SkyRide and Basketball Court, also used also for Soccer and Volleyball. Since October 2016, Carnival Cruise Line ships offer bocce court activities, due to an inflatable court developed by the company Packaworld (New Zealand). The new activity was added following successful test trials (on Carnival Glory and Carnival Pride) run by American Bocce Company (USA).

Bocce (aka bocci) is a nodules sport similar to lawn bowls. However, the traditional courts are usually made of wood and sized 60x12 ft (1830x365 cm, which is a lot of space to install bocce on cruise ships. To overcome the problem, the NZ company Packaworld developed inflatable "Packabocce", making it easier to bring the game to new locations. The portable courts are sized 30x8 ft / 914x244 cm (recreation) and 22x6 ft / 670x180 cm (mini court) and can be set up in just minutes.

The portable bocce courts are also available in some of the ship's indoor public spaces (including bars). The new onboard activity is offered fleetwide, including on the Australia-based ships, where are also available giant board games (like Trivial Pursuit, Guess Who, Cranium).

new Carnival cruise ship SkyCourse (ropes course) and SkyRide (aerial bicycles ride)

SkyRide is an outdoor/aerial bicycle ride (suspended 2-track bike course) on the newest Vista-class Carnival ships.

new Carnival cruise ship SkyCourse (ropes course) and SkyRide (aerial bicycles ride)

This is cruise industry's first pedal-powered open-air bike ride in hanging bikes encircling around an 800-ft / 245-m long suspended track on the ship's top deck, allowing 360-degree panoramic views 150 ft / 46 m above sea level.

Foosball and Ping-Pong tables are available, as well as a Walking/Jogging track and Fitness Center with a separate room for Yoga, Aerobics and Pilates classes.

Carnival cruise ship Sports Court

There is also a Mini-Golf course and great golf cruise packages created for keen golfers.

Carnival cruise ship mini-golf course

Carnival caters for families with amazing kids programs. Kids club activities by "Camp Ocean" kids program feature "Dr. Seuss at Sea" entertainment programming. At the same time moms and dads are able to unwind in the many relaxation lounges and complexes: Carnival Cloud 9 Spa, Serenity Adult Retreat, themed Bars (RedFrog, BlueIguana, Alchemy, Havana, Sports), big-size Swimming Pools and Whirlpools.

Carnival cruise ship Serenity Retreat (adults-only deck)

Carnival has been spending a lot on fleetwide refurbishments and upgrades since 2007. The initiative "Evolutions of Fun" cost USD 350 million on 8x Fantasy-class liners and included new open-deck spaces, kids- and family-themed facilities and activities, "Carnival WaterWorks" aqua park with water-slides.

new Carnival cruise ship Serenity Retreat (adults-only deck)

The "Fun Ship 2.0" program (launched in 2011) cost USD 500 million and added fleetwide new dining venues, redesigned cabins, themed bars, lounges, clubs. Program's biggest part was the Carnival Destiny-Carnival Sunshine transformation in 2013 - USD 155 million, 49-day drydock refit-refurbishment.

This official YouTube video reviews Dream-class vessels (Breeze, Dream, Magic) as facilities and onboard amenities.

 

Next link is to CruiseMapper's Carnival cruise secrets, tips, and tricks. At the following link, you can compare Carnival's major rival - Royal Caribbean (fleet and review of RCI's cruising experience).

ATM (cash) machines are available onboard all Carnival ships since 2009. The service is exclusively provided by Cardtronics and available to both passengers and crew. In 2016, ATMs were also installed in ships' crew sections. Each Carnival ship has all 4 ATMs - 2 located in high-traffic passenger areas and 2 are exclusively for the crew.

Since August 2018, CCL doesn't require passengers to complete health-related questionnaires during check-in. Instead, they are asked to self-report illnesses, without answering questions on paper. At port terminals upon departure were installed health signage to remind practicing hand hygiene and reporting any illness to staff crew.

Carnival cruise gratuities (2019-2020 cruises)

Daily gratuities are per person (pp):

  • USD 12,95 pp (standard staterooms - interior, oceanview, balcony, both adults and kids)
  • USD 13,95 (suites). Suite perks (in addition to priority embarkation/debarkation in all ports, confirmed main dining room preference) also receive priority tender service, free in-cabin bottled water, 1 complimentary bag of laundry (per cruise), enhanced turndown service.
  • Cruise gratuities for children - tips don't apply to kids less than two years of age.
  • On Carnival ships departing from Australian ports tipping is not compulsory,
  • On Cruises To Nowhere, the amount of gratuities PP per day is USD 12,95.
  • Carnival Barbados deals (any itinerary visiting Barbados), all gratuities are prepaid and added upon booking.
  • Daily gratuity is an automatic service charge added to the passenger's onboard account each day.
  • Passengers can prepay gratuities.
  • The amount of gratuities is split between the ship's staff (dining, housekeeping, cabin stewards).
  • Room Service staff tipping is not compulsory.

For drinks purchases, an automatic 18% gratuity is added to the bill. Charges are applied directly to the onboard account. An automatic 15% gratuity is added to "Chef's Table" (dining package) cover charge and applied directly to the onboard account.

Follows the breakdown of the gratuities on Carnival cruises (in USD, per day, per person):

  • Housekeeping staff: USD 4,05 (standard cabins) USD 5,05 (suites)
  • Dining/wait staff: USD 6,40
  • Alternative Services (kitchen, entertainment, passenger services, other hotel staff members): USD 2,50.

The following table shows the total amount of gratuities (per person) based on the Carnival cruise itinerary duration:

Cruise Itinerary LengthTips (standard cabin, pp) USDTips (suite cabin, pp) USD

2 days

$25.90

$27.90

3 days

$38.85

$41.85

4 days

$51.80

$55.80

5 days

$64.75

$69.75

6 days

$77.70

$83.70

7 days

$90.65

$97.65

8 days

$103.60

$111.60

9 days

$116.55

$125.55

10 days

$129.50

$139.50

11 days

$142.45

$153.45

12 days

$155.40

$167.40

13 days

$168.35

$181.35

14 days

$181.30

$195.30

15 days

$194.25

$209.25

16 days

$207.20

$223.20

17 days

$220.15

$237.15

18 days

$233.10

$251.10

19 days

$246.05

$265.05

20 days

$259

$279

(NEW) Carnival shipboard Wi-Fi plans

In 2017, Carnival Cruise Line updated the cruise ship WiFi service fleetwide, introducing the option to pre-purchase Internet packages online.

Starting April 19, 2017, the company offers pre-purchasing internet plans (first introduced on Carnival Fascination and Carnival Vista). The option is available via "Manage My Booking" (Carnival.com) where customers can select a package for the duration of the cruise.

The new Carnival WiFi plans can be purchased (at discounted rates) for either the entire voyage or for a day (24-hour period).

  • "Social Package" (cost USD 8 per day, discount price $6,80 if pre-purchased prior to departure) offers access most popular applications and websites, including Facebook (and Facebook Messenger), Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, WhatsApp, plus the most popular airline websites. The Social plan doesn't include Snapchat, Facetime, iMessage, in-app calling or access to any other apps or websites.
  • "Value Package" (cost USD 16 per day) offers access to all websites and apps, including e-mail, news, banking, sports, weather, all social media. The Value plan doesn't support music and video streaming or Skype calls.
  • "Premium Package (cost USD 25 per day) offers the fastest possible Internet connection. Depending on coverage, speeds can be up to 3 times faster compared to the "Value Package". The Premium plan includes all apps and websites, plus streaming services and Skype video calling.

Since May 2017, Carnival offers a new, convenient option for fully booked passengers to select and pre-purchase Wi-Fi packages through carnival.com ("My Cruise Manager" tab). However, when purchasing W-Fi online, passengers must also pre-purchase an Internet package covering the whole voyage. Daily Internet packages are available onboard.

  • WiFi package costs USD 12 per day, with discount price $10,25 if pre-purchased (prior deprture), 24-hour / daily rate $16.
  • Premium WiFi package costs USD 17,70 per day ($14,88 if pre-purchased), , 24-hour / daily rate $25.

Booked Carnival cruise ship passengers can upgrade from one plan to another and are also allowed to use multiple devices per plan (including the ship's onboard computers), but only on one device at a time. All the new Carnival WiFi plans do not include video streaming (Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime) and don't support WiFi Calling (voice calls via the ship's Wi-Fi network) and Facetime (Apple's videotelephony) services. Printing services on the ship are provided at no charge.

Carnival "Future Cruise" booking

In May 2017, Carnival Cruise Line started offering new incentives to customers on current voyages if they book next cruise while on the ship.

  • Cruisers are able to book a future Carnival cruise either while on the ship or within 2 weeks after the current cruise. Booking ashore can be done through travel agent or the Carnival HUB app. Onboard booking is through Loyalty and Cruise Rep. Before May 2017, passengers could only book a future cruise through onboard reps.
  • At the time of booking, passengers are entitled to the following perks: reduced deposit, 2-category cabin upgrade, 20% off "Early Saver" rates with price protection.
  • Passengers who opt to change the cruise date lose their onboard credit. That credit is forfeited in case the price drops and customers opt to rebook. Before May 2017, the amount of onboard credit offered was varying depending on itinerary's length, Now it is a flat rate of USD 25 per person (up to USD 50 per cabin) excepting suite staterooms, which receive USD 50 per person in onboard credit (up to USD 100 per cabin).
  • Travel agents are able to book their customers into a group booking with the offer.
  • Carnival's "Friends and Family" vouchers are not offered anymore. They used to allow passengers who may like to sail with you to get the same discount deal.

Carnival is the only cruise company allowing its customers to take advantage of a "Future Cruise Vacation" promo up to 2 weeks after the end of the voyage (debarkation).

In late-December 2018 was signed a contract with Speedcast (world's largest global satellite comm provider) to improve fleet's connectivity at sea. By this contract, Carnival increased fleet's bandwidth in order to provide highest-quality Internet at sea. Utilizing a total of 40 mini-satellites, Carnival now has the world's largest maritime satellite network. Specifically for Carnival, Speedcast developed the TrueBeam system, which constantly looks for weaknesses which would impact the satellite signal and instantly reroutes it to avoid interruptions. Such interruptions could be weather ("rain fade"), overcrowded networks and line-of-sight blockage.

Carnival fly-cruise deals Fly2Fun

Since 2015, Carnival offers a "flight and cruise" program (branded Fly2Fun) providing the company's potential customers with choice, convenience, and value when making flight arrangements in connection with the cruise.

Fly2Fun deals allow customizing flight reservations with different options, including the specifying preferred departure ports, flight schedules, airline/carrier, type of accommodation. Confirmations are received after making the reservation. Flights can be customized to allow pre- or post-cruise hotel stays.

  • The Fly2Fun program is operated with Carnival's "Flight Protection". It guarantees that in case of missing the cruise departure (due to aircraft mechanical or weather-related issues) Carnival will fully cover the airfare, plus all the expenses related to transportation, meals, and hotels for the booked passengers to meet the ship in the next call port of the cruise itinerary.
  • Within Carnival's flight cruise program there are 2 options available - "Restricted Air" and "Flexible Air".
  • With Flexible Air, potential Carnival customers (or travel agents) can book cruise up to 4 days prior to departure with the "Book Now-Pay Later" feature. With this option, flights payment is collected together with the cruise's final payment. There are no fees if air changes are made outside of 60 days prior to departure.
  • With "Restricted Air", flight tickets are non-refundable and due paid in full upon booking. Change fees are based on the airline's policy, once air tickets are issued.

Fly2Fun (Carnival fly-cruise deals) are bookable only via phone. After the cruise reservation is made, customers can call "1-800-CARNIVAL" to make a flight reservation.

In November 2018, Carnival partnered with American Airlines for a new exclusive fly-cruise offer.

  • Members of the airline's loyalty program (AAdvantage) can earn up to 10,000 miles on voyages. AAdvantage cardholders can earn up to 20,000 miles.
  • The deal includes Citi AAdvantage Platinum Card and Citi AAdvantage Platinum Select World Elite Mastercard.
  • AAdvantage members earn 1 mile per dollar spent on Carnival cruises. AAdvantage cardholders earn 2 miles per dollar spent.
  • Miles are awarded per stateroom, but only 1 passenger per booking can earn rewards. AAdvantage cardholders must book the cruise through "American Airlines Cruises" using their card to get an additional mile per dollar spent.
  • The exclusive deal was offered on Carnival voyages November 1, 2018, through August 31, 2021.

In late-February 2020, was introduced a new Fly2Fun option - upon online booking customers now can secure the flight arrangements (Flexible Air or Restricted Air) right after completing the voyage booking. The upgraded Fly2Fun allows booked customers to select flight dates and preferred airline and receive (online) immediate confirmation.

Carnival's "Great Vacation Guarantee"

Since 2013, Carnival is the company providing industry's biggest and strongest vacation guarantee ever - "Great Vacation Guarantee". Starting with the Victory ship cruise from Miami (September 12, 2013), this new brand-building initiative allows CCL passengers to end their cruise vacation early if they aren't happy with the experience - and to receive a 110% refund in OBC. And this is not all!

  • Unhappy customers also get a free air transportation home.
  • Plus free ground transportation from the next call port.
  • Plus free hotel stays (if necessary).
  • Plus USD 100 onboard credit for a future Carnival cruise booking.
  • Booking shore excursions through Carnival is the best deal in terms of money, quality of service and guaranteed ship departure/arrival times.

The only requirement is passengers must claim their unhappiness on the ship and within the first 24 hours after boarding.

Carnival HUB app

HUB app is a free download mobile app allowing onboard chatting between Carnival passengers. The app also provides access to ship-related information. A fee of USD 5 per device per cruise is required to activate the chat feature. The other functions are at no cost.

The HUB app was last updated in June 2017 and now offers the хew features weather forecast (for each day of the itinerary), dining menus, tips info (dress code, shipboard events schedules, deck plans, ports info). App's design was also updated.

Hub app also allows checking the Sail & Sign onboard account, viewing maps, scheduled events, dining and drinking options, add favorites. On select ships via Hub app can also be purchased tours/shore excursions. The app is available for Apple and Android mobile devices.

Carnival EasyPay

"Carnival EasyPay" was introduced in June 2017. This is Carnival Cruise Line's pay-over-time program allowing customers to book a cruise and pay for it in 3 monthly installments.

  • The program (cruise ship industry's first) is designed as a hassle-free cruise payment option. It allows booked passengers' to deduct cruise payments automatically (from the credit card on file). Then the payments are applied to the current balance over a 3-month period - interest-free.
  • The customer makes the initial deposit, then the balance of the cruise is charged in 3 equal payments - taken out automatically (on the designated day) for 3 consecutive months.
  • Booked cruise passengers can either register for "Carnival EasyPay" (at carnival.com) or call.
  • Travel agents can sign up in order to process payments on behalf of their clients.

Since 2017, Carnival Cruise Line accept PayPal as digital payment method available from any device. Via PayPal, customers can securely choose their payment methods for purchases - credit card, debit card, bank account or PayPal balance.

PayPal can be used by cruise ship tourists upon making their initial deposits on the voyage or any balance due. In addition to PayPal, Carnival also accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club, MasterPass.

PayPal allows CCL customers to make online purchases more quickly and securely. PayPal can be used as a payment option for any of Carnival cruise itineraries with durations 3- to 15-days, visiting ports both USA and international ports and destinations.

(NEW) Carnival cruise passengers debarkation policy

In August 2018 the company changed its passengers' debarkation policy.

  • Only customers who exceeded duty-free allowance must complete one US Customs Declaration Form per household, including family members traveling with them and residing at the same address.
  • On the day prior debarkation, new Zone-numbered luggage tags are offered in a shipboard designated area (listed in Carnival's Debarkation Flyer). This doesn't apply to passengers who choose self-assist debarkation.
  • Passengers may pick up luggage tags with desired debarkation time (subject to availability). Each tag has to be filled out and attached to luggage. It's recommended not to disembark until your zone has been called as your luggage will not be available for pick-up.
  • Passengers who use the new luggage tag system must leave luggage outside the stateroom (in the hallway) the night before debarkation (collection between 10 pm and midnight).
  • To avoid confusion, luggage tags used during boarding must be removed, leaving just the zone-numbered tags.
  • Passengers with confiscated stuff can reclaim them starting at 6:30 am (debarkation morning) in the designated area.
  • Upon debarkation, each passenger must present Sign & Sail card for scanning by ship's security (to know when the entire cruise liner has been cleared of travelers).

Carnival ship lifeguards

In April 2017, at the Clia Cruise 360 conference in Fort Lauderdale Florida, Carnival Cruise Line's president Christine Duffy reaffirmed that the company wouldn't add onboard lifeguards to the Fun Ships soon. Mrs. Duffy stated that "the responsibility for pool safety must be with the parents onboard and our employees".

On each of the Carnival ships, there are three full-time attendants (at the waterworks facility/ aqua park with slides), which are swimming pool safety, CPR and first aid trained. Still, the safest system remains "vigilance and awareness".

  • For comparison, NCL Norwegian Cruise Line started employing certified lifeguards (on its largest vessels only) in summer 2017. NCL's lifeguards were employed fleetwide by 2018. The announcement made NCL the 3rd major cruise company with lifeguards onboard its ships - following Disney and Royal Caribbean. The onboard NCL lifeguards are stationed only at the family pools during scheduled swimming pool hours. This staff is "American Red Cross" trained and certified. NCL also offers complimentary swim vests for both adults and kids. Parents can obtain safety vests at the Lido Deck's towel station during daytime hours.
  • NCL started testing monitoring through CCTV cameras at family pools (on fleet's largest ships only) since 2015. So adding full-time lifeguards was a decision for more safety on pool decks. However, it should be known that lifeguards don't replace parental supervision and that parents (legal guardians) remain the best form for preventing onboard accidents.
  • RCI Royal Caribbean employs cruise ship lifeguards since February 2017 (by the line's "water safety program"). RCI's onboard lifeguards are dressed in special uniforms (bright red and white) and stationed at every onboard swimming pool, including at the Solarium (adults-only retreat) during the complex' opening hours.
  • Disney Cruise Line employs certified lifeguards since 2013.

In mid-October 2019, Carnival issued the following safety briefing video that outlines all the fleet's main shipboard safety regulations.

 

"Fun Ship Freddy" is Carnival's mascot in the shape of the company's distinctive funnel.

Fun Ship Freddy (Carnival Cruise Line mascot)

Former Carnival liners

All vessel names have the prefix "Carnival", and are also referred to as "Carnival Fun Ships". The first Carnival liner (second-hand vessel) was "MS Mardi Gras".

Carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship

Next, are listed Carnival ships no longer part of the company's fleet. In brackets are shown the years the vessels served CCL.

 
  • MS MARDI GRAS (1972-1993), the first-ever Carnival cruise ship/1961-built ocean liner ("Empress of Canada"), scrapped 2003, weight 27300 GT, passengers 1240, former names Olympic, Star of Texas, Lucky Star, Apollo, Apollon.
  • MS CARNIVALE (1975-1994), an ocean liner built in 1956 as "Empress of Britain", scrapped in 2008, weight 25500 GT, passengers 1124, former names Queen Anna Maria, Fiesta Marina, The Topaz.
  • MS FESTIVALE (1977-1996), an ocean liner built in 1961 as "RMS Transvaal Castle", scrapped 2003, weight 32700 GT, passengers 726, former names SA Vaal, Island Breeze, Big Red Boat III.
  • MS TROPICALE (1982-2001), built 1982, tonnage 36700 GT, the first newbuild Carnival liner. Names after its Carnival service - Costa Tropicale, Pacific Star, Ocean Dream (2008-2020/scrapped).
  • MS JUBILEE (1986-2004), 47300 GT, passengers 1490-1900 (max), sold to P&O Australia in 2004, renamed Pacific Sun, sold in 2012 to a Chinese company (serves as the gambling ship MS Henna (scrapped in 2017).
  • MS CELEBRATION (1987-2008), now Grand Celebration, Sweden-built, weight 47300 GT, passengers 1490 (max 1900), transferred to iberoCruceros, currently operated by Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
  • MS HOLIDAY (1985-2009, now MS Magellan), Denmark-built, weight 46000 GT, passengers 1450 (max 1800), transferred to iberoCruceros, currently operated by CMV (Cruise and Maritime Voyages).

On May 10, 2018, in Miami was officially opened Carnival's "Fleet Operations Center". The 35,000 ft2 facility allows simultaneous real-time monitoring of all ships in the fleet. The main feature is its 74 ft (22,5 m) long video wall composed of 57x LED screens. The data processed here includes itinerary information, current position, weather conditions, logistics, environmental status, guest operations. The interactive world map shows also current locations of all Carnival Corporation ships (all brands). The center is staffed 24 / 7. The Corporation also owns similar monitoring centers in Seattle and Hamburg.

 

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021

Due to the Coronavirus crisis, CCL-Carnival Cruise Line suspended its fleet's passenger shipping operations by canceling all voyages with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through July 2021.

Next are listed CCL-Carnival's first departure dates by ship/homeport in 2021-2022 - BREEZE (July 15/Galveston Texas), CELEBRATION (Nov 6, 2022/Maiden Voyage/Transatlantic Southampton-Miami), CONQUEST (Dec 13/Miami), DREAM (Sept 19/Galveston TX), ECSTASY (March 7, 2022/Jacksonville FL), ELATION (Oct 11/Port Canaveral), FREEDOM (Oct 9/Miami), GLORY (Sept 19/NOLA New Orleans), HORIZON (July 4/Miami), LEGEND (Nov 14/Baltimore to Bermuda), LIBERTY (January 3, 2022/Port Canaveral), MAGIC (Aug 7/Port Canaveral), MARDI GRAS (July 31/Port Canaveral/Maiden Voyage), MIRACLE (July 27/Alaska from Seattle), PANORAMA (Aug 21/Long Beach LA), PARADISE (March 12, 2022/Tampa), PRIDE (Spet 12/Baltimore to Bahamas), RADIANCE (Dec 13/Long Beach LA), SENSATION (March 5, 2022/Mobile Alabama to Mexico), SPIRIT (March 13, 2022/Brisbane Australia), SPLENDOR (March 8, 2022/Sydney Australia), SUNRISE (Aug 14/Miami), SUNSHINE (January 13, 2022/Charleston SC), VALOR (Nov 1/NOLA New Orleans), VISTA (July 3/Galveston Texas).

  • The 2020-built Mardi Gras ship's inaugural cruise (Caribbean from Port Canaveral) was rescheduled from April 24 to May 29, June 5, July 3, Oct 2.
  • Carnival Radiance (fka Carnival Victory) restarts from Long Beach (3-4-night Catalina Island and Ensenada) on December 23 (rescheduled from Nov 5th due to revised drydock plans).
  • Carnival Legend's Europe 2021 program (May 17 through October 31/Mediterranean from Barcelona) was canceled and the ship restarts on Nov 14, out of Baltimore to Bermuda.
  • Carnival Australia ships restart in 2022 on March 8 (SPLENDOR from Sydney NSW) and March 13 (SPIRIT from Brisbane QLD).
  • CCL's newest boat (Carnival Celebration) has a Maiden Voyage scheduled for Nov 6, 2022 (Transatlantic from Southampton to Miami).

All affected bookings received full monetary refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through CCL packages and services. With rebooking (made by May 31, 2021), refunds were in FCC (future cruise credit) transferred to the new booking. Cruises 5-day or shorter received a full monetary refund or a 100% refund in FCC plus USD 300 in OBC (onboard credit) per stateroom. Cruises 6-day and longer received a full monetary refund or a 100% FCC plus USD 600 in OBC per stateroom. Booking cancelations prior to the final payment were penalty-free - unless the booking was on a specific promo offer with a non-refundable deposit and/or cruise fare.

IMPORTANT: Effective July 31, 2021, all unvaccinated passengers boarding CCL ships in Florida (Miami, Port Canaveral, Tampa, Jacksonville) must first buy a travel insurance policy worth at least USD 10,000/ EUR 8450 (per person). Proof of travel insurance is required at check-in. The policy has to be in the name of the traveling passenger and feature US$10,000 (medical expense coverage) and US$30,000 (emergency medevac coverage, "without COVID exclusions").

IMPORTANT: In mid-June 2020, Carnival Corporation (CCL's parent company) announced that intends to sell 13 ships in FY2020 - instead of the previously expected fleet optimization planned over the next 3-5 years.

  • The list of sold for scrapping liners includes Carnival Inspiration (1996-built, age 24) and Carnival Fantasy (1990 / 30-yo). On July 23, CCL announced that Fantasy and Inspiration are sold but not to be scrapped. The same statement mentioned that the ships Fascination and Imagination move to a cold lay-up (long term no-sail) status.
  • Carnival Fascination's schedule 2020-2021 based on homeporting in San Juan (Puerto Rico) and Bridgetown (Barbados) was canceled. The ship's new homeport (Mobile AL) and itineraries in 2022 were also canceled. On September 16 was announced that Carnival Fascination is sold (to an undisclosed buyer, hopefully not for scrap).

Itinerary of Carnival Cruise Line

Itinerary changes

Due to scheduled drydock refurbishment projects, in September 2020 CCL canceled all planned for 2020 and 2021-Q1 itineraries for 4 ships.

  • Carnival Magic itineraries (15 total) from Miami Florida were canceled from November 7, 2020, through March 13, 2021 (1st departure).
  • Carnival Paradise itineraries (25 total) from Tampa Florida were canceled from November 2, 2020, through March 19, 2021 (1st departure).
  • Carnival Valor itineraries (28 total) from NOLA New Orleans were canceled from November 2, 2020, through April 29, 2021 (1st departure), including two Transatlantic crossings - from NOLA (January 25) and from Barcelona (February 26).
  • Carnival Spirit itineraries from Brisbane Australia were canceled from December 6, 2020, through September 2021).
  • CCL's Alaska 2021 programs (2 ship deployments) were canceled - Freedom (from Seattle) and Miracle (from San Francisco). Eventually, Miracle was rescheduled for Alaskan roundtrips from Seattle (July 27 thru Sept 14).

In mid-March 2019, CCL updated its website eliminating all scheduled cruises to Antigua (St Johns). The itinerary change affected the schedules of the Carnival liners BreezeLegendPride and Magic.

Carnival established cruise ship operations in China via a partnership with its local subsidiary company Costa Asia (in China since 2008).

On June 4, 2019, the US Government announced new regulations (economic sanctions) that ended group travel to Cuba, including via US-homeported cruise liners, effective immediately. The ban relates to "private and corporate aircraft, cruise ships, sailboats, fishing boats, and other similar aircraft and vessels". The US travel restrictions impacted hundreds of pre-scheduled cruise itineraries, which were adjusted to no longer stop in Cuban seaports. Due to the US Gov's ban for group travel to Cuba from the USA, Carnival's Cuba-visiting itineraries were modified replacing Havana with Bermuda, Half Moon Cay Bahamas, Princess Cays Bahamas, Ocho Rios Jamaica, Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, Key West FL. Depending on the itinerary, these call ports serve as either a Cuban port replacement or as part of a new itinerary.

NOTE: Carnival Cruise Line announced plans for more cruise ship restarts for January & February 2022, as the company is working towards the return of its full fleet sailing from homeports in the United States during the spring. With 17 liners scheduled to be operating by the end of 2021, Carnival Sunshine is to restart from Charleston SC (South Carolina) on January 13 and Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida) on February 11, 2022.

Carnival’s U.S.-based operations are expected to cover the following homeports and cruise ships by February 2022, and represent 90% of Carnival’s U.S.-based capacity:

Cruises on the 3 remaining U.S.-based Carnival ships: Carnival Sensation from Mobile ALCarnival Ecstasy from Jacksonville (JAXPORT), and Carnival Paradise from Tampa FL, have been cancelled through February 2022.

Carnival Splendor cruises from Sydney (Australia) were cancelled through February 7, and Carnival Spirit sailings from Brisbane (Australia) were cancelled through February 20.

Follows a review of CCL-Carnival Cruise Lines' itinerary program for 2021-2022 scheduled itineraries. For sailing dates (departures, arrivals), call ports times and cruise prices (per person) follow the ship pages listed below.

Ship NamesHomeportsItineraries Changes

Carnival Breeze

Galveston Texas

Port Canaveral Florida

operates roundtrips to Eastern Caribbean (Grand Turk, Puerto Rico, St Kitts, St Maarten), Western Caribbean (Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel Mexico) and Southern Caribbean (Dominican Republic, Curacao, Aruba).

Since September 30, 2018, the ship is homeported in Port Canaveral for year-round Caribbean itineraries.

Carnival Celebration

PortMiami

new ship (2022 November) Carnival Celebration operates year-round roundtrips from Miami Florida (preferential berthing at Carnival Terminal 3). The Maiden Voyage is scheduled for November 6, 2022 (14-day Transatlantic repositioning cruise from Southampton to Miami) that visits La Coruna, Vigo, Funchal (Madeira) and Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Canaries).

The new ship's Caribbean itineraries are yet to be announced.

Carnival Conquest

Fort Lauderdale Florida

Miami Florida

operates on itineraries to Southern Caribbean (Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Dominican Republic), Western Caribbean (Key West FL, Cozumel Mexico, Jamaica, Belize, Roatan Honduras), Eastern Caribbean (St Maarten, St Kitts, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk, Grand Cayman) and Bahamas (Freeport, Nassau, Half Moon Cay).

Carnival Dream

NOLA New Orleans Louisiana

Galveston Texas

operates on 7-day round-trips to Bahamas (Key West, Freeport, Nassau), Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Belize, Roatan Honduras) and Eastern Caribbean (Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel)

starting May 2019, the ship offers year-round 4- and 5-day Mexico itineraries from Galveston

Carnival Ecstasy

Charleston SC

Jacksonville FL

 

operates on round-trips to Western Caribbean (Key West FL, Cozumel Mexico) and Bahamas (3-day to Nassau).

Starting May 2019, the ship is homeported in JAXPORT (Jacksonville Florida) to operate year-round on 4-5-day cruises to The Bahamas. In JAXPORT, Ecstasy replaces Carnival Elation.

Carnival Elation

Jacksonville FL

Port Canaveral Florida

operates on cruises to the Western Caribbean from New Orleans (4-day to Cozumel, 5-day Cozumel, and Progreso).

Carnival Fantasy

(left the fleet)

Western Caribbean Mexico 4-5-day roundtrips to Cozumel and Progreso Yukatan

IMPORTANT: In mid-July 2020, CCL Fantasy ship was sold for scrap. The vessel was dismantled at Aliaga Ship Recycling Facility (near Port Izmir, Turkey).

In 2022, Fantasy was planned for homeporting in San Juan Puerto Rico (replacing there CCL Fascination).

Carnival Fascination (now Century Harmony)

(left the fleet)

IMPORTANT: Carnival Fascination itineraries from Barbados and Puerto Rico 2020-2021 were canceled. Fascination was also scheduled for homeporting in Mobile Alabama (replacing Fantasy) starting on January 16, 2022, which also was eventually canceled.

On August 16, 2020, CCL announced that the liner is sold (to an undisclosed buyer, hopefully not for scrap).

Carnival Freedom

Galveston Texas

Fort Lauderdale FL

(2021-2022) operates on 6-8-day roundtrips to the Bahamas-Eastern Caribbean and Southern Caribbean from Port Everglades/Fort Lauderdale.

Carnival Horizon

NYC New York

Barcelona

Miami Florida

As of September 22, 2018, the ship has been homeported in Miami for year-round 6- and 8-day Caribbean itineraries.

Carnival Glory

Miami Florida

NOLA New Orleans Louisiana

operates on 7-day round-trips to Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Roatan Honduras, Belize, Cozumel Mexico) and The Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean (Half Moon Cay, St Thomas, Puerto Rico, Grand Turk). The ship also offers trips to Southern Caribbean (St Croix, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao). 

Carnival Imagination

(left the fleet)

Baja cruises to Ensenada Mexico (3-day) and to Santa Catalina Island and Ensenada (4-day). Itineraries from Long Beach CA were canceled through June 2021.

IMPORTANT: In mid-August 2020, CCL Imagination ship was sold for scrap. The vessel will be dismantled at Aliaga Ship Recycling Facility (near Port Izmir, Turkey).

Carnival Inspiration

(left the fleet)

Baja Mexico cruises to Ensenada (3-day) and Ensenada+Santa Catalina Island CA (4-day). Itineraries from Long Beach CA were initially canceled through June 2021.

IMPORTANT: In mid-July 2020, CCL Inspiration ship was sold for scrap. The vessel is to be dismantled at Aliaga Ship Recycling Facility (near Port Izmir, Turkey).

Carnival Jubilee

Galveston TX

The new ship is currently under construction and enters service in 2023. Itinerary details (besides the Eastern-Western Caribbean as regions and Galveston Texas as homeport) are yet to be announced.

Carnival Legend

Baltimore MD

Before the COVID crisis, the ship was deployed in the South Pacific Ocean (Australia-New Zealand-New Caledonia-Vanuatu-Fiji) and seasonally to Alaska (Seattle).

(2021) homeporting in Baltimore MD starts on November 14, 2021. The program includes 7-day roundtrips departing on Sundays. Carnival Legend's Europe 2021 program (April - November) was canceled.

In September 2021 CCL scheduled two unique voyages leaving roundtrip from the USA and visiting Greenland. The 14-night "Greenland and Canada" itineraries from Baltimore are in 2023 (departures August 13 and September 2). This ever-first for CCL North Atlantic crossing itinerary visits Greenland's Nanortalik and Qaqortoq, as well as Canada's St. Anthony NF, Corner Brook NF and Sydney NS, and features 8 sea days.

Carnival Liberty

Port Canaveral Florida

operates on 7-day round-trips to Eastern Caribbean (St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten, St Thomas).

Carnival Magic

Port Canaveral Florida

Miami Florida

operates on 7-day round-trips to Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Belize, Roatan, Grand Cayman, Jamaica) and Bahamas (Key West FL, Nassau, Freeport).

(2021) The 2021 schedule from Norfolk of Carnival Magic offers a variety of options, from longer length cruises to the Caribbean to short getaways to The Bahamas and Bermuda, all departing from the convenient and centrally located homeport.

The new schedule includes:

  • May 16 and June 5: 6-day voyages to Freeport, Nassau, and Half Moon Cay
  • May 22 & 31, June 11, October 4 & 30: 5-day cruises visiting Freeport and Nassau
  • May 27: 4-day long weekend cruise to Bermuda returning on Memorial Day
  • September 29: 5-day cruise to Bermuda
  • October 9: 8-day cruise to Grand Turk, San Juan, and Saint Thomas
  • October 17: 6-day cruise to Bermuda
  • October 23: 7-day cruise visiting Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, and Nassau.

Prior to the start-up of her Norfolk schedule in 2021, Carnival's Magic will offer a series of Mediterranean sailings and undergo a 2-week dry dock in Cadiz before repositioning to the United States.

NOTE: On January 25, 2021, CCL announced that voyages on Carnival Magic out of Norfolk (embarkations from September 29 through October 30) had been canceled.

Carnival Mardi Gras

Port Canaveral Florida

new ship (enters service in 2020), XL-Class, LNG-powered

On July 6, 2020, Carnival announced that Mardi Gras will be delayed by ~4 months. The ship's Caribbean program's start was rescheduled from November 14 (2020) to February 6 (2021), with a total of 11x more itineraries canceled:

  • (August 31-September 9, 2020) a 9-day maiden cruise from Copenhagen to Southampton UK, visiting Kiel (Hamburg), Gothenburg, Oslo, Rotterdam, Zeebrugge (Brussels), and Le Havre (Paris).
  • (September 9-23, 2020) a 14-day transatlantic crossing from Southampton UK to New York with visits to Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Funchal (Madeira), and Ponta Delgada.
  • (September 24-30, 2020) a 6-day voyage round-trip from New York to Portland and Saint John.
  • (September 30-October 15, 2020) a 15-day Carnival Journeys cruise from New York to Port Canaveral FL, visiting Amber Cove, San Juan, Saint Thomas, Saint Maarten, Saint Kitts, Aruba, Curacao, Grand Turk, positioning the ship for year-round Caribbean voyages.

Following a special 8-day Caribbean voyage from Port Canaveral (October 16), Mardi Gras was planned to start its regular program on October 24, 2020, offering two different 3-port-7-day itineraries, alternating weekly to Eastern-Western Caribbean ports.

  • Eastern Caribbean voyages visit San Juan, Amber Cove, Grand Turk.
  • Western Caribbean voyages visit Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan).

Carnival Miracle

Tampa Florida

San Diego CA

Los Angeles (Long Beach)

operates on 7-day roundtrips to Mexican Riviera (Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta). The 7-day Tampa departures are on Saturdays or Sundays. Itineraries visit Cozumel Mexico, Grand Cayman Island, Roatan Island (Mahogany Bay), and Belize City. The 6-day itineraries offer day-long port stays in Cozumel, Belize City, and Costa Maya (or Roatan).

On January 25, 2021, CCL canceled Carnival Miracle's seasonal homeporting in San Diego CA until further notice, except 7x Hawaii cruises, which were rescheduled to Long Beach. With Miracle's repositioning to Los Angeles (Long Beach), the ship assumes the 3-4-day itineraries for Carnival Radiance (May 3 through November 1, 2021), as well as the 7x Hawaiian sailings. Miracle also launches a new program (4- 5-day roundtrips to Baja Mexico) during winter (November 2021 through April 2023).

Carnival Panorama

Long Beach (Los Angeles) California

operates on 7-day Mexican Riviera cruises leaving out of Long Beach CA. This makes it the first newbuild Fun Ship based in California in 20 years.

Long Beach roundtrips are 7-day Mexican Riviera cruises (Saturday departures) with call ports Cabo San Lucas (Baja California), Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta.

Carnival Paradise

Tampa Florida

operates on round-trips to the Western Caribbean - 4-day to Cozumel Mexico, and 5-day to Cozumel and Grand Cayman. Ship's Cuban itineraries include 4- and 5-day roundtrips from Tampa to Havana (4-day) and to Havana-Key West (5-day), both with an overnight in Havana. 

NOTE: On January 25, 2021, Carnival announced that Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa FL (embarkations from June 5 through October 28) had been canceled.

Carnival Pride

Baltimore MD

operates on round-trips to Florida-Bahamas (Port Canaveral, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk), and occasionally out of Tampa to Western Caribbean (Grand Cayman, Cozumel Mexico). Panama Canal.

(2021) Carnival Pride is due to assume Legend’s schedule of 6-, 7-and 8-day voyages from Tampa FL beginning November 14, 2021. The ship also sails on a 14-day Carnival Journeys voyage from Baltimore to Tampa (October 31- November 14, 2021), featuring a partial Panama Canal transit.

Carnival Sensation

Miami Florida

operates on round-trips to Bahamas (3-day Nassau, 4-day Nassau and Freeport, 5-day with Half Moon Cay), Western Caribbean (Cozumel Mexico, Key West FL) and Eastern Caribbean (Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, Dominican Republic).

Carnival Sensation moves from Miami Florida to Mobile AL and takes up itineraries previously assigned to Fantasy and Fascination, with passengers on those 2 ships being re-accommodated on Sensation.

Carnival Spirit

Brisbane QLD Australia

 

operates on roundtrips from Queensland to New Zealand, South Pacific Islands (Fiji, New Caledonia, Vanuatu), also 3-day Getaways (themed Cruises to Nowhere).

The ship was homeported in Sydney NSW Australia between 2012-2020.

(2021-2022) Carnival Spirit Australia program includes the following itineraries:

  • 3-day Getaway (cruise to nowhere)
  • 4-day Airlie Beach
  • 7-day "Great Barrier Reef" (Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island)
  • 7-day "South Pacific Islands" (New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji/including Dravuni Island)
  • 10-11-days "Papua New Guinea" (Alotau, Kitava Island-Trobriand, Rabaul, Kiriwina Island-Trobriand, Conflict Islands)

Carnival Splendor

Sydney NSW Australia

Since 2019, the ship is homeported in Sydney NSW.

(2021-2022) Carnival Splendor Australia program includes the following itineraries (Sydney roundtrips):

  • 3-day Getaways (themed cruises to nowhere)
  • 4-day Tangalooma - Moreton Island
  • 5-day Tasmania (Port Arthur, Hobart)
  • 8-9-10-days "Great Barrier Reef" (Airlie Beach, Cairns, Port Douglas, Willis Island, Moreton Island, Willis Island)
  • 8-10-11-12-days "South Pacific Islands" (New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji/including Dravuni Island)
  • 10-12-days "New Zealand" (Wellington, Lyttelton-Christchurch, Port Chalmers-Dunedin, Fiordland NP)

Note: The ship was to be transferred to the P&O Australia fleet in late 2019, but the plan was revised and canceled.

Carnival Sunshine

Port Canaveral Florida

Charleston SC

operates on roundtrips to Bahamas (Nassau, Freeport, Half Moon Cay), Eastern Caribbean (Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Grand Turk, Dominican Republic), Canada New England (Saint John, Halifax, Boston), Bermuda.

The ship used to offer also Cruises to Nowhere (out of New York and Norfolk).

Carnival Sunrise (Triumph)

NOLA New Orleans Louisiana

NYC New York

Fort Lauderdale Florida

Norfolk VA

Triumph operates on round-trips to the Western Caribbean - 5-day Mexico (Cozumel, Progreso) and 4-day Mexico (Cozumel).

Due to the global Coronavirus crisis, Carnival Sunrise was taken out of service in 2020-2021, and planned to restart cruises on March 3, 2022 (2-night itinerary out of PortMiami to Nassau Bahamas).

Carnival Sunrise is part of the company's 50th birthday celebration and there are no changes to her birthday sailing, scheduled for March 5, 2022. The special sailings feature at-sea ship rendezvous, special entertainment, onboard activities, and offerings.

Carnival Valor

NOLA New Orleans Louisiana

Since May 2019, the ship offers year-round 4- and 5-day Western Caribbean itineraries. The 4-day weekend itinerary (to Cozumel) departs on Thursdays, while 5-day itineraries depart Mondays and Saturdays and visit Cozumel with Progreso or Costa Maya.

Valor is the largest liner ever homeported in NOLA. In 2021, due to a scheduled drydock in Cadiz Spain, the ship offers two 15-day Transatlantic cruises - departures January 25 (NOLA to Barcelona) and February 26 (Barcelona to NOLA).

NOTE: On January 25, 2021, Carnival announced that Carnival Valor voyages from New Orleans (embarkations from September 16 through October 28) had been canceled.

Carnival Victory-Radiance

Miami Florida

operates on round-trips to Bermuda and Southern Caribbean (St Thomas, Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten). 

Due to the global Coronavirus crisis, Carnival Radiance's Inaugural Cruise was initially rescheduled for June 24, 2020 (4-day roundtrip from NYC to Kings Wharf Bermuda) and later for November 5 (6-day Eastern Caribbean from Port Canaveral Florida).

Carnival Radiance was taken out of service in 2020-2021, with an Inaugural Cruise planned for May 2, 2022. The out of Port Long Beach 4-night itinerary visits Catalina Island CA and Ensenada Mexico.

Carnival Radiance moves directly from Europe after the ship's USD 200 million drydock refit and will be homeported in Los Angeles (Long Beach, California). Since May 2022, the ship assumes Baja Mexico short-break itineraries previously served by the fleetmates Imagination and Inspiration.

Carnival Vista

Galveston Texas

Since September 23, 2018, the ship is homeported in Galveston TX for year-round Western Caribbean itineraries to Jamaica (Montego Bay), Grand Cayman, Roatan, Belize City, Mexico (Cozumel).

Carnival AirShip

The 128-ft (39-m) long Carnival AirShip is a painted like cruise ship dirigible. The blimp floated around Galveston and Houston (September 7-8-9, 2018) as part of a 30-day air voyage across Southern USA. The voyage started in Nashville TN (Aug 25) and ended in Atlanta GA (Sept 26-30), visiting along the route Memphis TN (Aug 29), Dallas (Sept 1-3), Austin (Sept 4), San Antonio (Sept 5), Houston (Sept 7-9), Galveston (Sept 9), New Orleans (Sept 10), Mobile AL (Sept 13), Tampa (Sept 15), Miami (Sept 16-20), Orlando (Sept 21), Canaveral (Sept 22) and Jacksonville (Sept 23).

Carnival AirShip is part of the company's marketing campaign about homeport changes (new ship deployments) - Carnival Vista (Galveston, since September 23), Carnival Horizon, (Miami, since September 22), Carnival Breeze (Port Canaveral, since September 30), and Carnival Magic (Miami, since September 30).

 

Carnival cruises to Cuba

Carnival expanded its cruises to Cuba with an additional 23 three- to five-day itineraries to Havana in 2020 planned for 5 different liners departing from 4 US East Coast homeports - Carnival Triumph (from Fort Lauderdale), Carnival Sunshine (from Charleston SC), Carnival Sensation (from Miami). Carnival Sunshine was the biggest passenger ship to ever visit Havana and the liner with the first-ever Cuba cruise from Charleston SC. The new Cuba cruises include:

  • Carnival Sunshine: 8 five-day voyages featuring Freeport and Havana departing January 6, February 3 and 17, March 2, 16 and 30, April 13 and 27, 2020.
  • Carnival Triumph-Sunrise: 8 five-day itineraries featuring an overnight in Havana and a day-long visit to Nassau departing January 11, February 8 and 22, March 7 and 21, April 4 and 18, 2020; as well as a 5-day cruise featuring an overnight in Havana and a visit to Half Moon Cay departing January 20, 2020.
  • Carnival Sensation: 4-day voyage featuring an overnight in Havana and an extended visit to Nassau departing on March 19, 2020, as well as a couple of 5-day trips with an overnight in Havana and visits to Nassau and Freeport departing February 15 and 29, 2020.

The list of passenger shipping lines offering cruises to Cuba included:

Note: According to the current Cuban law, US citizens of Cuban origin (born in Cuba) are not allowed to visit the island country (including on cruise ships). Regardless of their US citizenship status, Cuban-born Americans were denied booking on cruise itineraries visiting ports in Cuba. However, the situation changed in April 2016, after Carnival Corporation negotiated with the Cuban government for allowing ships with Cuban-born passengers, as such US citizens are allowed to visit the country on USA-Cuba charter flights. The Carnival-fathom cruise line started Miami to Cuba cruises in May 2016 with the P&O UK ship Adonia (now Azamara Pursuit). The brand was terminated in April 2017.

Alaska Airlines offers regular nonstop flights to Havana from Los Angeles (California USA). An 80-min ling JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to Havana costs less than USD 100. Previously, air travel from the USA to Cuba was thought charter flights only.

Carnival Journeys cruise itineraries

Since 2015, Carnival Cruise Line offers the so-called "Carnival Journeys" itineraries. These are longer than usual voyages with length ranging between 9 and 15 nights. Some are one-way (relocation cruises).

"Carnival Journeys" offer a more in-depth port of call experiences than the shorter itineraries of 7-8 nights. Among the highlights are live entertainment and exotic culinary experiences that reflect the local cuisine and cultural traditions.

The onboard "journey" experiences feature local cuisine specialties (served in the Main Dining Room), cooking demonstration, Academy of Fun (expert lectures), traditional dance performances, themed deck parties, crew connections (opportunities to connect with the ship's staff and crew). The new program "Carnival Journeys" features destinations like Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Europe.

Among the wide variety of offers are over cruises of up to 5 days, providing passengers with many "mini-cruise" options, including new 4- and 5-day deployments for Carnival Valor( from Port Canaveral) and Carnival Victory-Radiance (from Miami). Longer Carnival Journeys visit exotic ports. Bermuda cruises depart from 7 East Coast USA homeports. The unique Panama Canal cruises on Carnival Pride leave from Tampa.

New Carnival Caribbean cruise shore excursions

Since July 2015, Carnival Cruise Line offers new shore excursions, new customized private tours and new family-friendly enhancements with complimentary beachside activities and complimentary land tours in select Caribbean ports of call. The min age requirement is 5 yo.

The new tour deals pertain to over 50 call ports in Mexico, Hawaii, Bahamas, Caribbean, Canada New England, South America.

      • Cozumel (La Casa en la Playa) 5-hour tour offers luxury limited to 30 participants who have access to a beach house for the day with 5-star service provided by the wait staff and personal chef. They also can learn Mexican cooking, making Margaritas and mojitos.
      • Cozumel ("Photo Safari and Beach Expedition') is a 2-days tour starting with a 1-hour photo seminar on the cruise ship. On the next day, the tour continues with visiting a national park and beaches.
      • Ocho Rios ("Eat, Drink and Dance') is a food-themed tour about Jamaica's culture, music, and food. After food tasting at jerk hut, passengers enjoy dining at Miss T's Kitchen. Follows a visit to a beach bar (where mixologists create rum cocktails), then ends with reggae dance lessons.
      • Ocho Rios ("Jamaican Home for the Day') is a day-long tour on which cruise passengers enjoy their own Jamaican home, with included home-cooked lunch.
      • Charlotte Amalie / St Thomas Island ("Eat, Drink and Walk") is a walking tour starting with a bus-drive to StPeter Mountain Great House and Botanical Gardens. Passengers can try 24 different local rums and learn how to make banana daiquiri and local food.

Carnival also offers new "family-friendly" cruise shore excursions in the Bahamas, Mexico, and the Caribbean. On these tours, kids aged 5 and under receive complimentary beach excursions if their parents book the excursion.

      • Freeport Bahamas ("Family Beach Escape') tour starts with a bus ride to a beach resort, where kids enjoy treasure hunts, face-painting, sandcastle-making competitions, and other supervised outdoor activities. Lunch is included.
      • Cozumel ("Island Beach Escape for Families by Power Catamaran') tour starts with a power catamaran ride to Passion Island and its white-sand beaches and resort facilities. Adults enjoy water trampolines, pedal boats, beach volleyball, while kids play is a dedicated beachside playground. A Mexican-style buffet is included.
      • Nassau Bahamas ("Family Treasure Hunt with Lunch at Blue Lagoon') - discover hidden treasures, answer trivia questions, win Pirate's Bounty. Grilled lunch at Blue Lagoon Island is included.
      • Montego Bay Jamaica ("All Inclusive Family Beach Resort Getaway') tour is at Seawinds Beach Club and includes live entertainment and complimentary buffet lunch.

Carnival offers private tours via motor coaches, yachts, and helicopters. These excursions are all guided by experienced locals. Carnival ships have a new tour dispatch system, from where tours depart as local operators board the ship to meet the participants.

All new cruise tour offers to complement the company's "Shore Excursion Best Price Guarantee" that provides a 110% refund in OBC (onboard credit) if passengers find a better price on similar tour deals. Each Fun Ship also has a dedicated "shore excursion desk" with experienced staff to answer any questions and to recommend particular tours. The company's tour section was revamped with enhanced navigation, more videos, and photos, online reservations, guest-written tour reviews.

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