Carnival Repositioning Two Cruise Ships

Carnival Cruise Lines' new Carnival Breeze departs Salerno, Italy, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. The 1,004-foot-long cruise ship accommodates 3,690 passengers and Is is sailing through the summer and early fall on a series of 12-day Mediterranean voyages prior to being based in Miami in late November, where it is to enter year-round six- and eight-day Caribbean cruise service. Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines
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Above: Carnival Magic

By Dana Niland
CJ Contributor

Carnival Cruise Line has announced two deployment changes intended to bolster its position in the homeports of Galveston, Texas and Port Canaveral, Fla.

The repositioning is effective in 2016; Carnival Magic will shift to Port Canaveral in April, while Carnival Breeze will shift to Galveston in May.

At the launch of its new Galveston-based program, Carnival Breeze will be departing each Sunday on three different week-long itineraries: western Caribbean cruises calling at either Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, or Belize Mahogany Bay, and Cozumel, and a Bahamas-Florida route, stopping in Nassau, Freeport, and Key West.

The line’s newest ship, Carnival Breeze offers innovations including a multi-dimensional cinema experience called “Thrill Theater,” the Bonsai Sushi full-service Asian restaurant, and WaterWorks, a park that includes a 312-foot-long-slide, and a variety of other attractions.

Carnival Splendor will take over Carnival Breeze’s six- and eight-day Caribbean schedule out of Miami starting on May 1, 2016.

“Galveston and Port Canaveral are two important markets for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising and there deployment changes provide our guests and travel agent partners with exciting new options featuring a variety of on-board innovations and visiting top destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas, and Florida,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s President.