Royal Caribbean Announces 2021-2022 Caribbean Sailings

November 20, 2019.

In Summer 2021 Symphony and Allure of the Seas will sail alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries visiting Perfect Day at CocoCay. Both Oasis Class ships will do 7-night cruises, with Symphony sailing from Miami and Allure from Port Canaveral.  Following her $165 million amplification, Allure will see the addition of the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea that touts a 10-story plunge; The Perfect Storm, a trio of multistory waterslides; and an array of culinary options with more restaurants, including the introduction of Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar and returning favorites Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade and El Loco Fresh.  In November 2021, Allure will depart for her winter season, making way for Harmony of the Seas’ return to Port Canaveral. Sailing from Central Florida, Harmony will offer 7-night alternating Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries, all calling on Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Summer 2021 Caribbean sailings on board Symphony, Harmony and Allure open for bookings today.

The newly amplified Oasis of the Seas will return to Cape Liberty NJ for her 2021 summer season.   The updated ship offers new dining options, including Portside BBQ – another first for the cruise line,  as well as new entertainment venues Spotlight Karaoke and Music Hall.

After spending a summer in Southampton, England, in October 2021 Anthem of the Seas will make her way back to Cape Liberty to offer 7-night cruises to The Bahamas, along with a handful of Southern Caribbean sailings for the holidays.  Guests can begin to book sailings on Oasis today and sailings on Anthem the week of Dec. 2, 2019.

Also cruising from South Florida is Vision of the Seas.  Vision will sail another winter season in Fort Lauderdale, offering 10- and 11-night Southern Caribbean itineraries.  Rhapsody of the Seas will spend her winter in Tampa on 7-night Western Caribbean cruises.  Sailings on board Vision and Rhapsody are now open.

Sailings from San Juan, Puerto Rico will feature Freedom of the Seas and Empress of the Seas.  Both ships will take guests on 7-night itineraries for winter 2021-2022, which include visits to Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, Bridgetown, Barbados and St. George’s, Grenada.  These cruises are also open for booking today.

New Ways to See Bermuda & Canada

Freedom of the Seas will homeport in Cape Liberty for the first time in summer 2021, touting brand-new features and fan favorites following a major $116 million amplification.  For the second consecutive summer, Empress will offer 7-night itineraries from Bayonne to Bermuda and select sailings that feature New England and Quebec City, Canada. Just in time for leaf viewing season, she will sail to Montreal offering 10- and 11-night Canadian adventure cruises.

Enchantment of the Seas will call Baltimore home, offering 5- and 9-night sailings to Bermuda and Perfect Day at CocoCay in the summer as well as a mix of 8- and 12-night sailings to The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay and the Southern Caribbean in the winter.  She will take vacationers to enjoy the fall foliage in Canada during select fall sailings.  Adding to the Canadian offerings from the brand, Brilliance of the Seas will spend the fall of 2021 offering 7-night Canada sailings from Boston.  Sailings will open the week of December 2.

Short Getaways

The amplified Mariner of the Seas will sail from Port Canaveral year-round, offering 3- and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay itineraries in the summer.  She will then transition to 4- and 5-night itineraries in the winter.  Sailing from Miami in the summer and Fort Lauderdale in the winter, the amplified Navigator of the Seas will also offer 3- and 4-night getaways to The Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay.  Sailings on board Mariner and Navigator will open the week of December 16.

Texas Sailings

Finally (!),   Liberty of the Seas will sail roundtrip from Galveston, Texas.  The guest favorite will set course for the Western Caribbean on 7-night sailings before she transitions to Miami for the winter to offer 3-and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay itineraries.  Liberty’s 7-night itineraries are open for bookings today and her shorter itineraries will open the week of December 2

‘Carnival Kitchen’ Culinary Studio To Debut on Carnival Panorama

November 14, 2019.

Carnival Cruise Line today announced Carnival Kitchen, a hands-on culinary experience led by the line’s chefs, debuting on Carnival Panorama in December. Guests sailing on Carnival’s newest ship can enjoy more than 15 onboard cooking classes inspired by the expansive array of international cuisines showcased on Carnival Panorama.

Sample Carnival Kitchen offerings include:

  • Carnival Classics Workshop Class with Dinner: discover the secrets behind Carnival’s most beloved dishes including tuna tartare from Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse, saffron risotto from the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, and of course, the cruise industry’s most popular dessert, Carnival’s warm chocolate melting cake.
  • The Orient Unknown Class with Dinner: master the flavors of the Far East by exploring the world of savory noodle dishes, silky soups, succulent satays and divine desserts that take participants on a journey through the cuisines of Thailand, Indonesia, The Philippines and more.
  • Cake Workshop: follow step-by-step instructions to create a confectionary masterpiece from layering and filling to using hand-made fondant, ornate and edible decorations and more.
  • Pasta Master Class: explore the art of Italian cooking and preparing homemade pasta by mixing, rolling and molding fresh dough into creative and unique shapes and pair them with delicious sauces from scratch.

Additional classes include sushi rolling, pizza making and pie baking, among many others, and participants have the opportunity to indulge in tastings and sample their creations. One-hour and two-hour morning, afternoon and early evening sessions are available primarily on sea days and can accommodate up to 18 guests at a time. Reservations can be made on Carnival.com pre-cruise or at any restaurant once on board.

Located on Deck 4 aft, Carnival Kitchen boasts nine marbled-granite cooking and prep stations with individual sinks, refrigerators and stove tops as well as all tools, utensils and ingredients necessary to create a memorable meal. The space is accented with white and grey pattern-tiled floors and steel ceilings and walls as well as a dedicated dining area within the Carnival Kitchen for guests in the evening classes to enjoy a themed sit-down dinner included in the price once the classes commence. Class prices range between $30 and $59, and Carnival Kitchen-branded items are available for purchase onboard.

A look at Carnival Kitchen can be viewed in the virtual video here: https://youtu.be/Bb9YRYU2hOA

Carnival Panorama debuts with a special three-day voyage on Dec. 11, 2019, followed by year-round Mexican Riviera cruises beginning Dec. 14, 2019. Voyages depart from the newly renovated Long Beach Cruise Terminal and feature stunning destinations including Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.

MSC Cruises Delays Opening of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve

November 13, 2019.

MSC Cruises today announced that Ocean Cay’s opening date is now set for December 5, 2019.   The island was scheduled to open last weekend but the inaugural cruises to the new private resort were rerouted to other ports.

The development of Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve has been a multiyear project in which MSC Cruises worked with multiple contractors and partners to transform what was once an industrial sand excavation site into a new destination, including designating the surrounding waters as a marine reserve.

According to MSC Cruises, “This has been an extremely complex project as MSC Cruises has been fully committed to developing the destination in the most eco-friendly and sustainable way. At the same time, while the Company anticipated that the island would be ready to receive guests mid-November, as it reached the final stages of readying the island for its opening, some adverse weather conditions and unexpected last-minute operational challenges slowed down the completion of the island.”

First, despite Hurricane Dorian and the demobilization of 600 workers, the Company took measures to remain on track and deliver the project on time. However, in the weeks that followed, further adverse weather conditions with strong winds and heavy swell caused several days of interruptions and created additional delays. This included heavy weather in early November which required part of one of the beaches to be further reinforced.

Secondly, last-minute issues with the leveling of the sand in certain areas of the island, the completion of the second breakwater and the landscaping aspects to be fully in line with the Company’s exceeding environmental criteria, have created further last-minute operational issues that could impact the guest experience.

The ships that were scheduled to call the island before December 5, 2019 will be rerouted to alternative Caribbean destinations or will add a day at sea to their schedule. Guests will be compensated for the missed call at Ocean Cay.  Those on the first cruises to be rerouted received $100 onboard credit and 20% off a future booking, so I’d expect the same for the newly revised cruises.

 

Carnival Cruise Line Selects PepsiCo as Preferred Beverage Partner

November 13, 2019.

Carnival Cruise Line will begin serving PepsiCo products in January 2020

PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) is partnering with Carnival Cruise Line to become the preferred beverage partner for its North American fleet. Beginning in January 2020, Carnival Cruise Line will begin serving a variety of beverages from the PepsiCo portfolio.

Carnival guests will see some of their favorite PepsiCo brands such as bubly, Pure Leaf, Naked Juice, Gatorade, MTN Dew, Starbucks, Pepsi, Pepsi Zero Sugar, Sierra Mist and Sierra Mist Zero Sugar among others.

 

 

Royal Caribbean 2021 Alaska Cruises Open For Booking

November 6, 2019.

Royal Caribbean International begins to unveil the lineup of adventures in store for 2021-22 with the opening of its Alaska itineraries. The cruise line invites guests to visit the Last Frontier on returning favorites Ovation, Radiance and Serenade of the Seas in summer 2021For the second consecutive year, Royal Caribbean will bring three ships to the region–each featuring the brand’s first line of spa staterooms–and offer varying 7-night itineraries sailing from Seattle, Vancouver, British Columbia; and Seward, Alaska.  The cruise line’s 2021 Alaska sailings are now open for bookings.   

  • Ovation will sail as the largest ship in the region. The Quantum Class ship’s series of 7-night cruises round trip from Seattle include destination highlights such as state capital Juneau and Skagway, Alaska.
  • Radiance is set to embark on 7-night, open-jaw itineraries between Seward and Vancouver.
  • Serenade sails from Vancouver on 7-night adventures that include time in Ketchikan and cruising through Tracy Arm Fjord.
  • Before and after the Alaska season, Serenade and Radiance will island-hop and visit Kailua, Hilo and Lahaina, Hawaii. Radiance’s 10-night itineraries–from Honolulu, Hawaii or Vancouver–will each offer a late-night call in Lahaina, while Serenade’s 11-night sailing from Honolulu features an overnight stay in the far-flung locale.
  • All three ships will debut Royal Caribbean’s spa staterooms. The brand-new lineup of balcony accommodations will allow guests to relax in between adventures with an array of amenities and perks, including priority spa reservations, lush bedding and bath products, tranquil décor, daily delivery of tea, water and coffee; and priority boarding at embarkation.

Royal Caribbean Unveils New Features For Odyssey Of The Seas

October 24, 2019.

Royal Caribbean International has unveiled new features set for the cruise line’s newest ship, Odyssey of the Seas.  

Odyssey’s highlights include the ultimate SeaPlex activity space that delivers a dose of adrenaline with new thrills, a little friendly competition and the most interactive arcade at sea. Adding to the mix, Odyssey will debut a reimagined Adventure Ocean where young adventure seekers can choose their own immersive experiences across an entirely new layout, while a new maxed-out teen lounge with gaming consoles, music and movies will provide endless hangout options indoors and outdoors on an exclusive patio. When it’s time to refuel, guests can enjoy the new Teppanyaki restaurant serving Far East flavors, and Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar with rustic Italian dishes and a contemporary flair. Entertainment across the ship will be punctuated by high-tech signature productions in the Royal Theater and Two70, where art and multimedia merge for surrounding, jaw-dropping performances only on Odyssey.

In November 2020, the ship’s inaugural year will kick off in the Caribbean with destinations like Curaçao, Aruba, Grand Cayman and Mexico on 8- and 6-night itineraries from Fort Lauderdale, FL.   Odyssey will then sail to her homeport of Rome in May 2021 and become the first Quantum Ultra Class ship to cruise Europe for the summer. Ashore, travelers can explore storied towns in Turkey and Greece, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the ruins of Ephesus, the ancient Acropolis of Athens, the classic Cycladic architecture of Mykonos and more. Odyssey will share a whole new perspective of some of the world’s most legendary shores from 300 feet above sea level in the iconic North Star glass capsule, boasting 360-degree views.

New Level of Play
It’s all about the journey and adventure when guests take on Odyssey’s top deck. The Quantum Ultra Class ship will introduce the next generation of Royal Caribbean’s signature SeaPlex, the largest indoor activity space at sea, where the whole crew can partake in pastimes together or solo. The most interactive arcade to ever sail will dominate the upper level of SeaPlex with VR games for individual and group play, augmented reality walls and floors for high-tech competitions and family experiences.

Travelers can feed their need for speed while dodging and dashing their way across a full-sized sports court with the only bumper cars at sea or soar from a flying trapeze. The space will also double as a glow-in-the-dark laser tag arena, pitting Yetis and Snow Shifters against each other as they battle for survival and control of the mythical ice city in Clash for the Crystal City.

Combining the best of Quantum Class with new Royal Caribbean favorites, Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade boasts a prime location within SeaPlex, with TVs at every angle to cheer on the home team. Offering club-level views of the competition below and onscreen, sports enthusiasts will catch every play on the court and back at home. Gameday bar fare like buffalo wings, sliders and the signature Playmakers Burger, alongside ice-cold brews, will make for the perfect snack. Guests can also enjoy classic board games, step up to the most interactive arcade at sea, play trivia and pool. Also available is the Owner’s Box VIP area for an MVP experience.

Vacationers will max out memory-making moments, whether catching waves on the signature FlowRider surf simulator and feeling the freedom of freefall on RipCord by iFly – the skydiving simulator – or scaling the 40-foot rock wall. Adrenaline seekers can also defy gravity with SkyPad, the bungee trampoline experience that transports travelers to another time, place or planet using a VR headset.

Primed to Unwind
Odyssey’s vibrant, two-level pool deck will offer a variety of options to sit back and soak up the sun with two open-air, resort-style pools and four whirlpools, surrounded by plenty of shady casitas and hammocks. Nearby, The Lime & Coconut serves up two stories of prime pool-front views and vacation-mode libations, keeping the island vibes going all day and into the night. Guests can enjoy grab-and-go, authentic Mexican fare at El Loco Fresh, from tacos and burritos, to quesadillas and an array of fresh salsas.

For a splash-filled day, the youngest globe-trotters can head to Splashaway Bay, an aqua park that boasts colorful waterslides, fountains, water cannons and more. Adults can retreat to the Solarium, an exclusive space on the top deck, for some much needed “me time,” including swimming pools and whirlpools, a full-service bar, daybeds and hidden nooks for ultimate relaxation.

Teched-Out Entertainment
The global cruise line’s 27th ship will up the ante on Royal Caribbean signature productions, featuring unrivaled talent, immersive technology and unparalleled special effects. Fusing art and technology, Two70 boasts 270-degree panoramic windows with sweeping ocean views from an expansive open area living room, which transforms in plain sight into a 135-foot-wide and 22-foot-tall screen, captivating onlookers into another world with its Vistarama technology.  As day turns into night, the iconic venue at the aft of the ship becomes a multidimensional theater – where a troupe of six agile Roboscreens come to life in sync with music, special effects and multitalented live performers and aerialists – to create unimaginable visuals.

Guests looking to hit up the dance floor can head to Music Hall for an always-changing set list of live performances but not before grabbing a drink at the Bionic Bar. While some of the best cover bands take center stage, music lovers can dance, sit back and sing along with friends, or take it all in from intimate lounge spaces.

Diverse Dining
Culinary cravings will be met with options to please every palate. Never before seen in North America is Teppanyaki, the restaurant serving authentic oriental flavors cooked in one of Japan’s traditional styles. Whether ordering top-grade steaks or succulent seafood, the Far East dishes are prepared and served with a sizzle at the table. Also joining the lineup is Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Royal Caribbean’s new take on its signature Italian trattoria. Inviting guests to gather for authentically rustic dishes, from hand-tossed pizzas fresh out of the oven and made to order, to charcuterie delights, the elevated menu caps off this “Sunday supper” experience with a wide selection of wines and limoncellos from many of Italy’s well-known regions. Travelers can also expect to find Royal Caribbean favorites, including sushi and sashimi at Izumi, hand-cut steaks at Chop’s Grille, the Chef’s Table epicurean intimate experience and imaginative cuisine at Wonderland.

Carnival Corporation & Royal Caribbean Sign Memorandum of Understanding with Government of St. Lucia

October 22, 2019.

The MOU was signed during a ceremony October 21 at the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Cruise Conference & Trade Show in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The ceremony included (from left) David Candib, Vice President, Development & Operations, Carnival Corporation; Marie McKenzie, Vice President, Global Ports & Caribbean Government Relations, Carnival Corporation; Micky Arison, Chairman, Carnival Corporation; Arnold Donald, CEO, Carnival Corporation; Hon. Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister, Saint Lucia; Adam Goldstein, Vice Chairman, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Hon. Dominic Fedee, Minister of Tourism, Saint Lucia; Miguel Reyna, Associate Vice President, Commercial Development, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.; Russell Benford, Vice President, Government Relations, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the government of Saint Lucia to form a joint venture to manage the existing cruise pier and terminal facilities in Saint Lucia, and to design, construct and operate a new cruise port on the island.

As part of the MOU, Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean and the government of Saint Lucia will establish a long-term concession agreement to formalize the terms and responsibilities for the joint venture to manage and operate the current cruise pier and terminal facilities at the Port of Castries.  Additionally, the joint venture will design, finance, construct and operate a new cruise port in Vieux Fort on the southern part of the island that will be able to accommodate the latest and most innovative ships in the cruise industry.

Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Honourable Allen Chastanet has called the signing of the MOU “historic” and “a major step towards enhancing Saint Lucia’s tourism product.”

 

Together, the cruise line brands of Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.  account for 75% of all cruise ship visits to Saint Lucia. Under the new agreement, the joint venture would optimize the experience for guests visiting Saint Lucia while developing additional cruise infrastructure to support the industry’s latest ships and promote the growth of cruise tourism on the island.

Step One Dance Company, Postmodern Jukebox and Cantaré Coming To Mainstage on Holland America

October 21, 2019.

Holland America has transformed its approach to entertainment with the introduction of three touring companies on the Mainstage: Step One Dance Company, featuring works by leading contemporary choreographers; an exclusive license for the international musical phenomenon Postmodern Jukebox to create two unique shows just for the cruise line; and the latest addition, male vocal group Cantaré.

Holland America Line’s innovative Music Walk also is expanding to three more ships by spring 2020. Music Walk offers venues with distinct musical genres: classical and chamber music, chart-topping hits, rhythm and blues and classic rock.

Throughout the year, Step One Dance Company, Postmodern Jukebox and Cantaré will tour select ships in Holland America Line’s fleet.

Postmodern Jukebox — Bringing a Vintage Style Sound to Modern Music
Postmodern Jukebox is known for transforming modern hits into vintage soul, doo-wop and roaring 20s jazz renditions that are as popular as the originals. Holland America Line features its own iteration of this musical collective that rotates among select ships performing two shows that can only be seen on board the premium cruise line. “Bandstand” features modern hits performed as if they were recorded in the 50s & 60s.  “Speakeasy” re-imagines today’s songs as standards from the 20s & 30s.

Step One Dance Company — A Transcendent Dance Experience
Innovative and exciting, Step One Dance Company brings a multimedia approach to entertainment with performances that marry vivid imagery with contemporary choreography. Step One Dance Company, comprised of six elite dancers, presents works from notable choreographers who have blended high-caliber dance with technology to create three unique shows.

“Humanity” is a vibrant and energetic exploration of the human spirit though dance and music. Utilizing state-of-the-art theater projection systems to add a new dimension to dance, the show immerses guests in a dazzling compilation of segments that are a feast for the senses as performers interact with dynamic visuals on the floor and walls. “Resonance” fuses movement and sound as the dancers interact with imagery of musical instruments.   “Stages” is a three-act ballet featuring three couples in three different stages of their relationship, fusing contemporary dance with a brilliant backdrop told by three unique styles of dance.

Cantaré — A Quartet of Pop Vocalists is Latest Addition to the Fleet
In 2020 Holland America Line welcomes the return of Cantaré, a male, pop vocal group who perform intricate harmonies. Cantaré will perform two concerts. “I’m Your Man” features songs by some of the most popular male artists of all time, and “Classics” covers timeless songs from every era.

Performances From the Most Authentic Live Music Experiences at Sea
At Music Walk, memorable performances from world-class musicians fill each cruise with an unforgettable rhythm from four distinct genres with Lincoln Center Stage, Billboard Onboard, B.B. King’s Blues Club and Rolling Stone Rock Room. Guests can spend time in one place or enjoy several venues over the course of the night.

Through spring 2020, Holland America Line is adding the chamber music of Lincoln Center Stage and chart-topping hits of Billboard Onboard to Amsterdam, Volendam and Zaandam, while on Rotterdam, Billboard Onboard joins Lincoln Center Stage, which debuted earlier this year on the ship.

Beyond the Touring Companies
Enriching and engaging Holland America Line exclusives also take center stage, such as the BBC Earth Experiences live show “Planet Earth II in Concert.”

Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve Opening In November

October 15, 2019.

Photo Credit Conrad Schutt

This November MSC Cruises will welcome its first guests onto its new private island destination in The Bahamas, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. Today the cruise line revealed more island experiences awaiting MSC Cruises’ guests.

A few of the newest island experiences awaiting visitors include:

Feel a new Thrill

  • Deep Sea Fishing: Catch, Tag and Release – After a short boat ride, guests can reel in an adventure-filled day as they Catch, Tag and Release to learn about the different species of regional fish and how they migrate in one of the most famous fishing areas of the world. Gray Fish, the only tagging research center in The Bahamas, will help guests as they catch and tag their fish to report information on the specific catch. Once the fish caught and tagged, it is then released.
  • Rum Rendezvous (Adults Only) – Enjoy a scenic boat ride to a stunning Bahama bank where guests can enjoy a lively, adults-only atmosphere and pristine shallow waters while sipping on complimentary rum punch, surrounded by live music and dancing.
  • Ceclo Luxury Electric Pedalo Rentals – Explore or simply slowly drift for hours in the tranquility of the beautiful Bahamian waters on the newest invention on the market, the Ceclo the luxury yacht of pedal boats, with electric assistance ready for all your adventures and made of recycled champagne cork, wood, and aluminum.
  • Glow Night-time Stand-Up Paddle Boarding – Discover the marine life after dark and enjoy a calm evening paddle under a starry sky with a specially equipped stand-up paddle board, fitted with LED illumination that allows guests to glide on a beam of light across the calm waters of The Bahamas.

    Photo Credit Conrad Schutt

Fun for the Whole Family:

  • Ocean Cay Family Club – The whole family sets out on a great adventure across the island to help Captain Doremi save the island while learning about the environment and animal species living on the land, and how to preserve the island and oceans around them.
  • The Bahama Bank Escape (Family Tour) – This tour is fun for the whole family aboard a spacious double decker power catamaran. The captain and crew take families on a charming boat ride to Bahama Banks where visitors can splash around in the shallow tropical waters, enjoy sport activities and relax on the beach with complimentary local rum punch for adults.
  • Kids Beachside Stargazing Adventure – This fun learning activity for kids allows them to discover everything about the universe, planets, stars, time and space. Led by Captain Doremi, children will help a little star find her way back home to the skies through stories, games and riddles.

    Photo Credit Conrad Schutt

The Perfect Setting for a Touch of Romance:

  • Honeymoon Harbour Stingray Adventure – Interact with a variety of different ray species including the local friendly stingrays on an adventurous boat ride to Honeymoon Harbour where guests can also enjoy the gorgeous beaches and lighthouse on Gun Cay.
  • Sunset Beach Picnic – A romantic picnic on the beach awaits couples looking for a secluded experience while enjoying the sunset and blue Bahamian sea over a bottle of wine and picnic basket of snacks.

Starting November 2019, four MSC Cruises ships will call at Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve on different days – MSC Meraviglia, MSC Seaside, MSC Divina and MSC Armonia.

Carnival To Add Fourth Ship To Galveston

October 15, 2019.

Carnival Cruise Line announced today that it will have four ships homeported in Galveston, year-round, beginning in 2021.

Carnival said that Carnival Radiance will join the Galveston-based fleet in May 2021.  In addition, Carnival Breeze will return to Galveston from Port Canaveral, becoming the newest and largest ship to operate a short cruise program from Galveston.  Carnival Dream will shift to six- and eight-day Caribbean voyages while Carnival Vista will continue its popular week-long Caribbean cruises.

All Galveston-based ships and itineraries opened for sale today.  With these four ships, Carnival Cruise Line will carry an estimated 900,000 guests annually from Galveston.

Details on Carnival Radiance to Galveston

Carnival Radiance will launch a new schedule of five- to 14-day voyages from the Port of Galveston beginning on May 14, 2021.  On this route:

  • Five-day cruises depart Sundays and feature the seaside Mexican ports of Cozumel and Progreso or Costa Maya.
  • Three different nine-day options departing Fridays will be offered – one calling at Cozumel, Limon (Costa Rica), and a partial Panama Canal transit or a visit to Colon (Panama), another featuring Key West, Grand Turk, the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and Nassau, and a third stopping at Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel.
  • Two eight-port, 14-day Carnival Journeys cruises visiting top destinations throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America and the Panama Canal will also be offered departing Oct. 24, 2021 and Jan. 16, 2022.

Carnival Radiance will undergo an extensive bow-to-stern $200 million renovation next year that will add all of the line’s food, beverage and entertainment innovations, bringing an exciting new option to the Galveston market. Its sister ship, the transformed Carnival Sunrise, debuted earlier this year and has quickly become a very popular addition to the Carnival fleet, which Carnival Radiance is sure to match.  The extensive 38-day renovation of the ship will add a host of new food and beverage outlets including Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse created by Food Network star Guy Fieri, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, Bonsai Sushi, and Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub, and the first Big Chicken restaurant created by Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer, Shaquille O’Neal.  All of the ship’s spaces will be transformed including the water park, youth facilities, retail shops, Cloud 9 Spa and a new Liquid Lounge home to Carnival’s dazzling, high-tech Playlist Productions shows.

Carnival Radiance will reposition to the Port of Galveston with a 12-day Carnival Journeys Panama Cruise departing Port Canaveral May 2 and arriving in Galveston May 14, 2021.

Fun-Filled Short Cruises to Mexico aboard Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze will become the newest and largest ship to operate a short cruise itinerary from Galveston when it kicks off year-round four- and five-day cruises from that port May 5, 2021.   The program includes:

  • Four-day long “weekend cruises” departing Thursdays and featuring a day-long visit to Cozumel.
  • Five-day voyages departing Mondays and Saturdays with stops at Cozumel and either Progreso or Costa Maya.

 

Longer Length Cruises from Galveston on Carnival Dream, Carnival Vista

Carnival Dream will shift to a new six- and eight-day cruise schedule from Galveston beginning May 8, 2021.

  • Six-day cruises visit Costa Maya, Cozumel and Belize or Mahogany Bay.
  • Eight-day cruises feature Key West, Freeport, Half Moon Cay and Nassau.
  • Carnival Freedom, which currently operates this itinerary, will be deployed to another homeport to be announced shortly.

Carnival Vista will also continue its popular week-long cruise program from Galveston with two different three-port, seven-day western Caribbean options, with stops at:

  • Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel;
  • Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Ocho Rios or Montego Bay.