Carnival to base seventh ship in South Florida


Carnival Cruise Lines will further bolster its position in the South Florida market when the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor launches seasonal Caribbean cruises from Miami beginning Nov. 9, 2014. Splendor will be the seventh Carnival ship to be based in South Florida.

Including Splendor, Carnival will operate more than 400 three- to eight-day departures from Port Miami and Port Everglades, accounting for approximately 1.2 million guests annually – the most of any cruise operator.

Carnival’s South Florida program features three- to eight-day cruises visiting not only the best of the Caribbean and Bahamas, but also a variety of unique destinations including the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Mahogany Bay in Isla Roatan, along with such islands as Aruba and Curacao on eight-day itineraries.

Carnival Splendor’s new seasonal Miami-based schedule will encompass week-long cruises departing Sundays with itineraries alternating between the eastern and western Caribbean beginning Nov. 9, 2014.  Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at St Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, and Nassau, while the western Caribbean route will call at Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, and Mahogany Bay in Isla Roatan.

Prior to its Miami deployment, Splendor will operate two special eight-day cruises – a New York to San Juan departure calling at St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Antigua and St. Maarten departing Oct. 24, 2014 and a San Juan to Miami voyage visiting St. Croix, Martinique, Grenada, Dominica and Grand Turk departing Nov. 1, 2014.

Also sailing from Miami or Fort Lauderdale are Carnival Breeze, Carnival Glory, Carnival Liberty, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Victory, Carnival Ecstasy and Carnival Freedom.