Cruise lines are constantly tweaking their schedules. Sometimes it’s just the addition of a single port to a long-established itinerary. Other times it’s the rollout of an all-new route.
Here, some of the more notable new itinerary announcements from the past few weeks.
Carnival adds more sailings from Mobile …
Cruise giant Carnival will continue to offer voyages out of Mobile, Ala., through at least the end of next year.
The Miami-based line has exercised an option in its contract with the city to continue sailing out of the Mobile cruise terminal through December 2018.
Carnival resumed year-round sailings from Mobile in late 2016 after a five-year absence. It’s the only line offering voyages from the city.
Carnival has a single ship, the 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy, based in Mobile. Its initial schedule has been limited to four- and five-day cruises to Mexico, but the line recently announced plans for several longer voyages that will include stops in the Cayman Islands, Honduras, Belize, the Bahamas and the Panama Canal.
Christened in 1990, Fantasy is one of the oldest cruise ships operated by a major North American brand.
The 26-year-old vessel underwent a multi-million-dollar refurbishment before sailing for Mobile that included the addition of a Guy Fieri-themed burger stand, two new poolside bars and a Mexican-themed eatery.
… and adds more Cuba sailings
Carnival also has added five more sailings to Cuba for 2018, citing strong demand for voyages to the island nation.
Three of the new departures are five-day trips that include an overnight stay in the Cuban capital of Havana as well as a stop in Cozumel, Mexico or Key West, Fla. They begin on Feb. 17, July 2 and Sept. 5, 2018.
The other two departures are a six-day sailing featuring Havana and a stop in Grand Cayman that begins on Aug. 26, 2018; and an eight-day voyage with stops at Havana, Grand Cayman and Cozumel that begins on Aug. 18, 2018. The eight-day trip includes two full days in Havana.
All of the cruises will begin in Tampa and take place on Carnival’s 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise.
Carnival kicked off cruises to Cuba for the first time in June. The line initially announced plans for 12 sailings to the country through May 2018.
Carnival is one of half a dozen cruise lines that have begun sailing from the USA to Cuba in recent months.
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