News Archive - January 2006

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1-27-06 Weekend Cruise News *** The first new ship to enter service in 2006 will be Holland America Line's Noordam on February 22. The 82,000-ton 1,918-passenger vessel is the fourth of the Vista Class ships - sister ship to Zuiderdam, Oosterdam and Westerdam. Noordam is the first HAL newbuild to enter service fully fitted out with HAL's Signature of Excellence enhancements the highlight of which is a Culinary Arts Center. In collaboration with Food & Wine Magazine, more than 60 chefs and culinary experts will present demonstrations and classes in the new onboard show kitchens aboard the HAL fleet this year. The Noordam will sail 10- and 11-day voyages to the Caribbean from New York City, through the spring and again next fall/winter. For the summer Noordam will be in the Mediterranean sailing 10-night cruises.

*** Carnival Cruise Lines has added new features to its web site and launched CarnivalConnections.com, a networking and group planning tool. New on the Carnival web site at www.carnival.com are an interactive destination map with showing itineraries, destination "virtual tours" of Caribbean, Mexican and Bahamian ports, video testimonials from passengers and a "close-to-home" cruise locator. www.CarnivalConnections.com is the line's new on-line community, designed to bring family and friends together and help them plan and manage their cruise. The site's customized "e-vites" can be tailored for family reunions and other groups.

*** Silversea ships are sailing an extended Mediterranean season in 2006. The 296-passenger Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, and 382-passenger Silver Whisper, will call at 90 destinations in over 20 countries from March to mid-November. The extended season offers more sailings in the 'off season' spring and fall when temperatures are cooler and ports not so busy. Itineraries include nine cruises to Libya and six to Lebanon and Syria. A wide range of shore excursions are offered including helicopter and hot air balloon rides. Through Silversea's partnership with FAI, Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano (the National Trust for Italy), passengers can extend their voyage on 19 itineraries with optional four-night, pre- and post-cruise land extensions to Milan, Lombardy and Lake Como. Packages include deluxe accommodations, all transportation, transfers, guided sightseeing and some meals. Prices start from $1,745 per person.

*** Radisson Seven Seas is offering free air on Alaska cruises aboard Seven Seas Mariner, one of two luxury ships sailing in the region this year. The complimentary air from 86 North American gateways is available on six voyages departing May 24 and 31, June 7, August 30, September 6 and 13, 2006. The all-suite, all balcony, Seven Seas Mariner sails between Vancouver and Whittier on seven-night sailings that call at Hubbard Glacier, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka. The "Travel Concierge" program offers optional land, sea and air shore excursions including flight seeing, dog sledding, glacier hiking, whale and bear watching, fly-fishing and kayaking. Customized pre and post cruise land packages are also available which can be arranged to suit individual requests. The Club Mariner children's program will be available on 2006 Alaska voyages from May 24 to August 23, offering supervised programs for three age groups: five to nine, 10-13, and 14-17. The program focuses on Alaska's wildlife and rich heritage. A children's menu will also be served in the Compass Rose dining room.

*** Peter Deilmann Cruises has planned new music, golf, hiking and gardens cruises on European riverboats in 2006. The 2006 music cruise aboard the MV Mozart, April 2-9, will pay tribute to the composer's 250th birthday; escorted garden tours and golf programs will take place in France, Germany and Austria throughout the season; and hiking tours are planned over several months. A fully escorted cruisetour in Holland marks the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's death. One of the line's independent cruisetours is the Cezanne Centenary celebrating the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth. For more, see www.deilmann-cruises.com. Back to Top

1-26-06 QM 2 Pax Get Full Refund *** Cunard Line today stated that passengers on the Queen Mary 2 12-day New York to Rio de Janeiro voyage will get a full refund because the ship had to bypass three ports of call. Previously, Cunard offered passengers a 50% refund. In a statement, Cunard management said, "We had initially hoped that all our guests would have found much to enjoy during this liner voyage and we are sorry that, despite the efforts of the officers and crew, this has not proved to be the case for a significant number of people. In particular we recognize that the mood on board may have further contributed adversely to our guests' experience."

1-20-06 Weekend Cruise News *** Carnival Cruise Lines' Sensation, Holiday, and Ecstasy will undergo multi-million-dollar renovations following their charter to the U.S. government for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Highlights of the planned refurbishments for Holiday include a redesigned lobby area with new seating and the addition of a nine-hole miniature golf on Verandah Deck. Ecstasy and Sensation, will receive new nine-hole miniature golf courses and new 1,600-square-foot Children's World play areas. Aft lounges will house new family recreation areas featuring audio/visual equipment for displaying movies and other programming. New art galleries and 1,200-square-foot conference rooms will be added. Following the charters, the vessels will resume four- and five-day service this spring, with the Sensation launching a new schedule from Port Canaveral, March 23, the Holiday returning to Mobile, Ala., year-round March 27, and the Ecstasy returning to Galveston, Texas, year-round April 8, 2006. Following its new program from Port Canaveral, the Sensation will return to New Orleans to resume year-round four- and five-day cruises on October 26, 2006.

*** Three finalists have been selected in the search for Freedom of the Seas' Godmother. The 160,000-ton, 3,634-passenger vessel will be the largest cruise ship in the world when it debuts in May 2006. The 'Today Sets Sail' search is being coordinated by Royal Caribbean International and NBC's "TODAY" show. The Godmother should be "an everyday person who has demonstrated exceptional courage, determination, inspiration and dedication". A Web-based viewer vote is now underway and the winner will be announced live from the Torino Winter Olympics in February. The three finalists are Katherine Louise Calder of Portland, Oregon, (a foster parent to over 400 children in the last twenty-seven years, acting as a "level three" special needs foster care provider and adoption advocate in her area); Ieta Kimbrough of Indianapolis, Indiana, (overcame homelessness and domestic violence as a young mother and eventually founded The House of Refuge in 2001, a support system for victims of domestic violence in Indiana); and Robyn Raphael of Roseville, California (founded the Keaton Raphael Memorial, in memory of her five year-old son who died of neuroblastoma in 1998, to assist children and their families in their fight against pediatric cancer.) To vote, go to www.today.msnbc.com. All votes must be submitted by 9:00 P.M. EST on Friday, January 20, 2006.

*** Crystal Cruises has waived the 25% single supplement for its category E outside staterooms for Crystal Symphony's transatlantic crossing departing April 29, 2006. The nine-night sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to Lisbon is a Big Band crossing, featuring The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and includes afternoon dances, trivia contests, swing lessons, special lectures and presentations. Ambassador Hosts to serve as dancing and dining partners will also be onboard. With 15% off all stateroom and suite categories for reservations made by February 15, 2006, cruise fares start at $1,929 for single occupancy accommodations.

*** Princess Cruises is launching a new marriage proposal package called "Engagement Under the Stars" which will debut aboard Crown Princess when she enters service this June. The main component of the new package is a personal video proposal shown on the ship's giant, outdoor Movies Under the Stars screen prior to one of the evening's outdoor feature films. The 'proposer' will create the greeting in a secret session with the ship's videographer. Also included are two glasses of champagne and a red rose presented to the couple immediately following the proposal; a bottle of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in the couple's stateroom the evening of the proposal; an engagement portrait session with 8x10 engagement photo; four candid 8x6 photos of the surprise proposal; a Princess Cruises romantic, in-room breakfast; a dinner for two at one of the ship's sophisticated alternative dining venues; a couple's massage in the Lotus Spa; a complimentary pottery class at which the couple will design a commemorative "engagement plate" souvenir; a 10 percent discount off of fine jewelry in the shipboard boutiques; a $100 credit towards a wedding-at-sea package on a future voyage. Cost of the package is $695. After debuting on Crown Princess the "Engagement Under the Stars" package will be rolled out to all Princess ships that feature Movies Under the Stars, including Caribbean Princess, Grand Princess, and Sea Princess.

*** Silversea Cruises is once again offering its Silver Links 365 golf program in 2006 aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper. Both ships will have an onboard PGA-classed golf professional to provide private instruction in the ships' 22' x 10' custom-built golf cages and supervise complimentary clinics, demonstrations and putting contests suitable for all ranges, levels and abilities. In addition the pros will escort optional excursions to golf courses ashore including the Fairmont Princess Golf Course on Acapulco's Revocadero Beach, Shanghai's Silport Golf Club and Zeebrugge's Royal Zoute Golf Club. Both ships are equipped with V1 video-teaching technology, the same system utilized by Tiger Woods, which compares a golfer's swing to those of professionals. Priced at $55 for a half-hour session, $110 for a full-hour session, and a special package rate of $135 for three half-hour sessions, lessons also include a VHS video of the session with custom voice-over by the ship's golf pro.

*** Crystal Cruises is offering 275 active, culinary and cultural excursions ashore with its Crystal Adventures program in 2006, including 33 new shore tours. From May through November 2006, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity explore the Eastern and Western Mediterranean on 17 itineraries. Highlights of new active adventures include driving a Formula 1 race car in Monte Carlo, 4x4 off-road adventures in the Balkan Mountains, the Greek Isles and the hilltop villages of Southern France, kayaking in Croatia and scuba diving off Sorrento.

*** Queen Mary 2 is sailing at reduced speed with three of its four Mermaid pods operational. As reported yesterday, port calls on the first leg of her 38-night South America cruise have been cancelled. QM2 returned to Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday a few hours after sailing when bridge instruments indicated one of the pods was not functioning properly. It was suspected the pod may have struck a submerged object due to noise and vibration in the engine room. Divers inspected the hull on Wednesday and it was determined that the vessel was safe to sail on three pods at reduced speed. Passengers were asked to be back onboard by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday however the vessel did not sail until 6:00 a.m. Thursday morning. No word yet as to the time and location of the pod repairs. Back to Top

1-19-06 QM 2 Port Cancellations Queen Mary 2 made an unexpected stop in Florida when one of the ship's four pods failed and continued on her voyage. However, Cunard Line has announced that the reduced speed will result in the cancellation of visits at St. Kitts, Barbados and Salvador. The ship will now proceed directly to Rio de Janeiro. Cunard said that passengers will get compensation for the missed ports.Back to Top

1-18-06 Cruise West's 2 New Ships *** Cruise West has announced that it purchased the Yorktown Clipper and the Nantucket Clipper from Clipper Cruise Line fleet. The 138-guest Yorktown Clipper and 102-guest Nantucket Clipper have officially joined the Cruise West family. Both ships are U.S.-flagged coastal cruise ships joining Cruise West's fleet of American-owned vessels, and will significantly enhance the company's operational reach. The new ships will sail the 2006 itineraries on the East Coast, Great Lakes, Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico and Central America that were already published by Clipper Cruise Line, but under Cruise West ownership and management.

Cruise West is the largest American small-ship cruise line and will now be operating 10 vessels accommodating 70 to 138 guests on itineraries in Alaska, Mexico, Costa Rica, on the Columbia River, in California Wine Country, the South Pacific, and Japan. The expansion will also increase the destinations that Cruise West guests can travel to with the new vessels' previously scheduled itineraries to the East Coast of the Americas, Great Lakes and Caribbean. For more information, visit www.cruisewest.com or call 1-800-888-9378.

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1-17-06 First Wi-Fi Riverboat *** Uniworld announced today it will launch a new flagship ship, the 132-passenger River Royale, with 2006 itineraries for its popular river sailings in France. River Royale will be the first river cruise ship to provide Wi-Fi and internet access with email and satellite ship-to-shore calling. Among the boat's additional technological advances is a hydraulic system that allows the bridge and the top deck railings to be efficiently lowered for passage under the historic and low-span bridges of the Rhone and Saone rivers. River Royale amenities include flat-screen TV's, spacious and luxuriously decorated public areas, an onboard spa and exercise area, and deck marquees providing ample shade against the sun.

River Royale's 2006 program will focus on the regions of Provence and Burgundy known for artisans, fine cuisine and wines. The ship sails along the Rhone and Saone rivers from the cultural and historical city of Lyon, making port calls in Chalon, Macon, Tournon/Tain l'Hermitage, Viviers, Avignon, and Arles. Along the way, guests will see contrasting terrain of plummeting gorges, salt flats, lavenders fields and sun-drenched vineyards.

Inaugural season pricing for the seven-night sailings begins at $2,748 per person, double occupancy, including air from New York with attractive add-ons from cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Departures begin April 12 and run through Nov. 1, 2006. Pre-and post-trips include three-night visits to Paris or the French Riviera for an additional $898 per person, double occupancy. For reservations and additional information contact your travel agent, call Uniworld at 800.733.7820, or visit www.uniworld.com

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1-13-06 Weekend Cruise News *** Dawn Princess will remain in San Francisco next winter, sailing Mexican Riviera itineraries. The vessel had been slated for 10-day Southern Caribbean sailings from San Juan in early 2007 but Princess has announced a change in plans. Dawn Princess will now sail round-trip from San Francisco on 11-day cruises from September 26, 2006 right through the winter to April 23, 2007. Ports of call are Mazatlan, Acapulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas. A full-day and evening call in Acapulco highlights the itinerary.

*** The Mississippi steamboat, American Queen will not return to service until 2007. Delta Queen Steamboat Company announced this week that the return of American Queen, currently under charter in Texas, will be delayed due to conditions in New Orleans and along the lower Mississippi River system, the vessel's home base. The previously announced itineraries for 2006 have been canceled. The line's smaller steamboats Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen will return to service this April and sail the Upper Mississippi and Northern Rivers for the summer.

*** Carnival Cruise Lines and the Ocean Players Club will host four WINNERS Slot Tournament Cruises in 2006. Tournaments take place aboard Carnival Conquest, March 5, 2006 (seven-night Western Caribbean from Galveston); Carnival Pride, May 14, 2006 (seven-night Mexican Riviera from Long Beach) and Carnival Legend, September 9, 2006 (eight-night Caribbean from New York). The Grand Final Event takes place aboard Carnival Victory on the November 12, 2006 sailing (seven-night Eastern Caribbean from Miami). Each tournament is offering over $10,000 in cash and cruise prizes which will be awarded at a private cocktail party. For the Grand Final Event aboard Carnival Victory, over $50,000 in cash and cruise prizes will be presented including a First Prize of $25,000. The top three finalists from the Grand Final tournament win a stateroom for two on a cruise in 2007. The Tournament entry fee is $50 per person and $250 for the Grand Final. Passengers are encouraged to pre-register for the tournament on the Ocean Players Club web site at www.oceanplayersclub.com to confirm their entry as registration upon boarding is dependent on availability.

*** Special events are being planned around the first visit to Los Angeles of Queen Mary 2 including a meeting with the original Queen Mary , now an attraction in Long Beach. The historic meeting of the two Queen Marys will take place twice on Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 a.m. and again at 5:00 p.m. when Queen Mary 2 sails through outer Long Beach harbor, sounding a special greeting to the Queen Mary. The event takes on additional significance as Queen Mary 2 carries one of the original Mary's whistles, whose deep bass A note can be heard up to ten miles away. Retired from maritime service for nearly 40 years, the Queen Mary, sailed from 1936 through 1967, her final voyage being to South America and around Cape Horn to reach Long Beach. Queen Mary 2 will have just completed her 38-day South America Odyssey, via Cape Horn, when she arrives in Los Angeles. Queen Mary 2 will be berthed at the Port of Los Angeles for a series of inaugural voyages sailing on February 22, February 25 and March 8. Details regarding related festivities and specific viewing areas for the public will be announced soon.

*** Clipper Cruise Line has several military-themed cruises planned to honor those involved in World War II and the Vietnam War. The 122-passenger Clipper Adventurer will take passengers to battle sites along the Mediterranean and Western European coast on the May 17 cruise from Malta to Rome and May 29 sailing from Lisbon to Plymouth. Dr. Kevin McCranie, a 20th-century Europe historian and Civil War and World War II expert Edward Bearss will lead the May 17 cruise. Dr. McCranie will also lead the May 29 sailing which concludes with visits to the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth and Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms in London. The 128-passenger Clipper Odyssey will feature Vietnam and the islands of the South Pacific on its March 30 cruisetour from Sydney to Guam and September 27 sailing from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Dave McComb, who specializes in the role of American destroyers in World War II will be aboard the March 30 cruise and Major General James Livingston, the Operations Officer for the evacuation of Saigon in 1975 who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his efforts in liberating the village of Dai Do, will be guest lecturer aboard the September 27 sailing. The line is also planning several military-themed adventures in 2007. Back to Top

1-10-06 HAL Increases Alaska Departures *** Holland America Line is bullish on Alaska this year and nearly doubled departures from Seattle. In 2006, the Zaandam joins Oosterdam and Westerdam on sailings between May 5 and Sept. 22. The added capacity will increase results in 61 Seattle departures, versus 37 in 2005. Back to Top

1-6-06 Weekend Cruise News *** Norwegian Pearl and Norwegian Gem are the names of Norwegian Cruise Line's newbuilds, scheduled to enter service in February and October, 2007 respectively. The sister ships of Norwegian Jewel, which entered service last August are currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Germany. The sister ships are 93,502 tons and feature modifications in both technical and passenger areas including the Courtyard Villas and Garden Villa suite complexes. The new "Bar Central" which debuted aboard Norwegian Jewel, connects three venues - a martini bar, champagne and wine bar and beer and whiskey pub. The ships have 10 restaurants, a passenger capacity of 2,376 and are capable of 24-25 knot speeds. Details of the new ships' hull art, onboard decor and itineraries will be announced soon.

*** New at Carnival Cruise Lines for 2006 are the introduction of original menu items in the main dining rooms, Lido restaurants and supper clubs fleetwide, expansion of the Comfort Bed system fleetwide and a record number of junior cruisers in 2006. French master chef Georges Blanc, who has maintained three stars from Michelin for 25 years, is creating the one-of-a-kind gourmet specialties for Carnival's dining areas. Blanc and his staff are also providing training to Carnival chefs both at his restaurants in Vonnas, France, and aboard the line's ships. The new menu items are being introduced and will be available fleetwide by year end. Carnival's Comfort Bed system, consisting of high-end mattresses, sheets, duvets and a pillow menu, was introduced last year and will be added to the remaining ships in the fleet during 2006. This year, Carnival expects to entertain a record 525,000 children and teens, a 325 percent increase over 11 years ago. Recent enhancements include the new fleetwide "Club 02" teen program developed in tandem with The Coca-Cola Company and featuring expansive facilities, a dedicated teen counselor aboard each ship, as well as a variety of new "Camp Carnival" activities focusing on art, reading, science, geography, and physical fitness for younger cruisers.

*** Holland America Line will introduce new stateroom amenities in 2006. The Elemis Aromapure products are used in the line's Greenhouse Spas and Salons. "Time to Spa" miniatures will now be found in individual staterooms. The shampoo, conditioner, Citrus Soap Slice, Pure Zest Cleansing Soap, bath gel and body lotion are made with natural ingredients. The upgrade is part of HAL's 'Signature of Excellence' program of fleet enhancements. The fleetwide roll out of the new amenities begins with the launch of the Noordam on February 22, 2006. Time to Spa products can also be purchased onboard, or online at timetospa.com.

*** Radisson Seven Seas Cruises reports improvements to its high tech options aboard its fleet: Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator and Paul Gauguin. Early this year all four will be outfitted with upgraded Internet access, digital satellite feed TV, wi-fi "hotspots", shipboard cell phone service, and additional online capabilities through the line's web site. Increased Internet bandwidth means faster connection times. The cost is 35 cents per minute or 25 cents per minute for a package of 100 minutes for $25. The wi-fi "hotspots" will be located in several public areas for wireless Internet access on passengers' laptop computers. The new digital satellite feed will add Fox News to supplement CNN on the in-suite television. Passengers will be able to use their own cell phones aboard ship with the exception of the Paul Gauguin in French Polynesia. Rates should be roughly equivalent to Caribbean roaming charges, even in Europe, Asia or the South Pacific, with billing via the cell phone service provider. (Passengers are advised to check with their cell phone providers to verify rates and to make sure that their plans offer international roaming.) Passengers already booked to sail can make reservations at the alternative restaurants online, and in the near future, book spa appointments at a shipboard Carita Spa. Another new online feature to be added in the near future: guests in upper level suites will be able to pre-register any of their special requests directly with their butler.

*** Norwegian Cruise Line and ABC television's Good Morning America is offering dozens of women and their friends a week aboard NCL's newest ship, Norwegian Jewel, for the popular morning news program's "Girls Week Out!" event. Good Morning America is inviting women from around the country to write a 500-word essay describing why they and up to nine of their girlfriends deserve a get-away from their everyday lives. At least 15 teams of entrants and their friends will be selected to sail aboard Norwegian Jewel's February 5, 2006 cruise from Miami which will call at Roatan, Honduras; Georgetown, Grand Cayman; Ocho Rios, Jamaica and NCL's private island, Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. The morning program will host special events and activities for the winners during the week-long cruise and broadcast live with a special correspondent from the ship for five days. The deadline for entries is January 11 and winners will be announced by January 18, 2006. Details on how to enter can be found at www.gma.abcnews.com.

*** Two luxury lines have already announced their itineraries for 2007. Here are the highlights:

  • Silversea Cruises will visit 350 destinations on 137 different itineraries ranging from six to 126 days in 2007. Silver Shadow will sail the line's first World Cruise. Calling in nearly 120 countries, the line's four, all-suite ships will visit 29 new ports. In the Mediterranean, there will be inaugural calls in Antibes, Cassis, Porquerolles, and Cherbourg, France; Vigo, Spain; Sibenik, Croatia; Batumi, Georgia; and Latakia, Syria. In Northern Europe, new ports include Oye, Norway; Vaasa, Finland; Lulea and Ornskoldsvik, Sweden; Oban, Scotland; and Plymouth, England. New island destinations in the South Pacific are Norfolk Island, Pine Island, Easter Island, Pitcairn Island, Corregidor Island and the port of Alotau in Papua New Guinea. In the Indian Ocean and Arabian Peninsula inaugural calls are Dzaoudzi, Mayotte; Tulear, Madagascar; Curieuse, Seychelles; and Al Manamah, Bahrain, while Pare Pare, Indonesia and Guangzhou, China will debut in the Far East. Other firsts include a visit to the Caribbean island of Marie Galante, Guadeloupe and the island of La Horta in the Azores.
  • Crystal Cruises will visit 152 different ports on 63 itineraries, ranging from seven to 109 days in length in 2007. Crystal Serenity will sail the line's 12th annual World Cruise. New in 2007 will be a return to Asia, a call in Israel for the first time since 1999, Antarctica, more seven-day cruises than ever before, more overnight stays, an emphasis on more ports per cruise and eight maiden calls in Chile, Norway, Vietnam, Tunisia, Lithuania, Mozambique, Mexico and Russia.
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1-6-06 New York Expects One Million Cruisers *** New York City expects to welcome more than one million cruise passengers in 2006 with the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook officially opening in April. According to city officials, the economic impact of the cruise industry in the City was $600 million in 2004, which is expected to climb to $900 million by 2011. The industry supported 3,200 jobs in 2004, and the new Brooklyn facility will add another 330 jobs. Based on projections for the industry’s growth, New York City’s cruise sector is expected to support 5,000 jobs by 2014.

Cruise lines positioning vessels in New York for the first time in 2006 include Holland America (Noordam, Feb) and Princess Cruises, which will offer 10- and 11-day Caribbean cruises from Carnival's new terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn on the Crown Princess. Celebrity Cruises' Constellation will sail from Bayonne NJ to New England, Canada, the Bahamas and Caribbean. Beginning April, 2007, Mediterranean Shipping Company will position the Lirica on year-round cruises from New York to the Caribbean, New England and Bermuda. Back to Top

1-4-06 New Carnival Itineraries *** Carnival Cruise Lines has announced new four- and five-day itineraries from Miami visiting the new port of Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands. From March 23 through Oct. 19, 2006, Sensation's five day cruises will visit Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau. Beginning Oct. 23, Elation will commence the same itinerary. From April 30 to Oct. 15, Elation will sail on a new seven-day itinerary from Miami visiting Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas, Grand Turk and a daytime stop in San Juan.

Carnival also announced it will resume service from Mobile and New Orleans, with Ecstasy returning to the home port of Galveston. The Holiday resumes year-round four-and five-day cruises from Mobile, Ala., March 27; the Sensation launches four- and five-day service from New Orleans Oct. 26; and the Ecstasy begins four- and five-day service from Galveston April 8. Elation, which replaced the Ecstasy on four- and five-day cruises from Galveston, will continue that program through April 3, then reposition to Miami for its new seven-day cruise program beginning April 30. Back to Top


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