Cruise NewsCarnival Cruise Line Adding Additional Seven Night Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line Adding Additional Seven Night Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line is expanding capacity in two key cruise markets with the addition of seven night cruises from Tampa, Florida and Long Beach, California.

Carnival Miracle will be the cruise line’s second cruise ship based out of Tampa, Florida year round.  The ship will sail week long cruises to the Caribbean starting on January 27, 2018 and stop in Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize.

The seven-day voyages from Tampa are part of Carnival’s exclusive Cozumel Plus program, which feature extended stays that provide guests even more opportunities to experience and explore one of the Caribbean’s most diverse vacation destinations.  On Cozumel Plus itineraries, guests have access to a variety of new excursions, many taking place on Mexico’s mainland – with unforgettable tours like swimming with whale sharks, visiting centuries-old ruins and swimming in hidden caverns, complementing nearly 50 existing tours already available.

The 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle joins the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise which operates year-round four- and five-day Caribbean cruises from Tampa.  Carnival is the only year-round cruise operator from Tampa. The two ships will offer the widest variety of four-, five- and seven-day itineraries from Tampa and carry 320,000 guests annually.

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Beginning on January 27, 2018, the 3,000 passenger Carnival Splendor will launch seven night cruises to the Mexican Riviera from Long Beach. The ship will offer three different itineraries from Long Beach including overnights in Cabo and Puerto Vallarta.  Carnival Splendor will join Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration and carry around 700,000 cruise passengers out of Long Beach on 250 cruises a year.

Carnival Splendor will also offer a special 13-day Panama Canal cruise departing Miami Jan. 14, and arriving in Long Beach Jan. 27, 2018, becoming the first Carnival ship to transit the newly opened Panama Canal locks and providing guests the opportunity to experience this engineering marvel firsthand.  The cruise will visit Cartagena prior to the Panama Canal transit, then call at Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Carnival Splendor will sail two 14 night Hawaiian cruises in 2018, with stops in Honolulu, Maui, Kona, and Hilo, with an additional stop in Ensenada, Mexico.

Carnival Miracle will offer a 14-day Panama Canal cruise departing Long Beach, Calif., Jan. 13, and arriving in Tampa Jan. 27, 2018.  Ports of call include Cabo San Lucas; Puerto Quetzal; and Puntarenas; followed by a transit of the Panama Canal, then stops at Cartagena, Colombia; and George Town, Grand Cayman. Carnival Miracle will also offer a unique eight-day Panama Canal cruise round-trip from Tampa April 14-22, 2018, with stops at Limon, Costa Rica; prior to a partial transit of the Panama Canal, then a call at Grand Cayman.

A special 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise featuring a partial transit of the Panama Canal along with visits to Cozumel, Limon, Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Ocho Rios, will also be offered by Carnival Miracle round-trip from Tampa Dec. 2-16, 2018.

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