Carnival Cruise Line has announced it will reposition three of its newest and largest ships to new homeports in 2018: Galveston, Texas, Port Canaveral, FL, and Miami. In September 2018 Carnival Vista will move to Galveston; Carnival Breeze will reposition to Port Canaveral; and Carnival Magic will shift to Miami.
Beginning September 23, 2018, the newest ship in Carnival’s fleet, the Carnival Vista, will begin sailing from Galveston and offer two different seven-day western Caribbean itineraries departing every Sunday and visiting the region’s most popular destinations. The first itinerary includes calls at Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel, while the other offers visits to Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Belize, and Cozumel.
Carnival Vista offers an array of features including SkyRide, a suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX Theatre on a ship; an expansive water park featuring the colorful Kaleid-o-slide, the line’s first tube slide; RedFrog Pub & Brewery featuring the first brewery on a North American-based ship; and Family Harbor with family-friendly staterooms, a family concierge, the Family Harbor Lounge and more.
Carnival Vista, which debuted in 2016, will join Carnival Freedom and Carnival Valor sailing year-round from Galveston.
Carnival Breeze will kick off its new Port Canaveral-based program with a one-time six-day cruise to Nassau; Amber Cove (Dominican Republic); and Grand Turk on September 30, 2018, followed by the start of year-round alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises beginning October 6, 2018. Those voyages will depart every Saturday with eastern Caribbean itineraries calling at Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan, and Grand Turk. Western Caribbean voyages will feature Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Costa Maya, part of Carnival’s exclusive Cozumel Plus itineraries offering extended stays in Cozumel and a variety of shore excursions on the island and on the Mexican mainland.
For guests who desire a longer length experience, Carnival Breeze will operate two Carnival Journeys cruises. On September 16, 2018, as the ship repositions from Galveston to Port Canaveral, it will operate a 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise calling at Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curaçao, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica and St. Maarten.
Another 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise operating round-trip from Port Canaveral Saturday, Nov. 3-17, 2018, includes stops at eight Caribbean destinations including St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten, Tortola, and San Juan.
Carnival Breeze will be the newest and largest Carnival ship to sail from Port Canaveral, which is also the year-round homeport for Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Liberty. Carnival Breeze has the Thrill Theater, an immersive multidimensional special effects experience, as well as a WaterWorks aqua park and SportSquare, a recreation area with a suspended ropes course, mini golf, an outdoor fitness area and more.
Carnival Magic will launch a year-round schedule of seven-day alternating eastern and western Caribbean cruises departing Sundays from PortMiami beginning September 30, 2018. Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Amber Cove, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk. Western Caribbean sailings will feature Grand Cayman, Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel.
Carnival Magic will also offer a special seven-day Cozumel Plus holiday cruise departing Miami December 23, 2018, and calling at Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay and Grand Cayman.
Carnival Magic offers the line’s signature RedFrog Pub, the SportSquare outdoor recreation area and Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant. In 2016 the ship underwent an extensive multimillion-dollar makeover that added a variety of dining and bar options, including Guy’s Burger Joint developed in tandem with Food Network star Guy Fieri, RedFrog Rum Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar, BlueIguana Cantina Mexican eatery, Pizzeria del Capitano and the Alchemy Bar.
Carnival Magic will join Carnival Glory, Carnival Sensation, and Carnival Victory at the line’s busiest homeport.