An exciting update by Carnival Cruise Line has revealed that all of their ships are set to return to the waves once more next year, as the cruise line looks to put the misery of the past two years behind them and make the most of the new year. Carnival’s update also saw more of their itinerary for the coming years published, giving travelers even more choices when it comes to booking a cruise, as well as revealing more information about the cruise line’s newest addition.
The update from Carnival – the world’s largest cruise line – comes hot on the heels of this week’s announcements by Norwegian Cruise Line, in which they launched a sale and published information about their future sailings. Here’s a closer look at these latest news stories to come out of Carnival, including where they’ll be sailing to and where their new ship will be based.
Carnival’s Fleet Set To Sail – What Travelers Should Know
When it comes to cruise lines, they don’t get bigger than Carnival. In 2018 alone, Carnival took more than 12,000,000 passengers on cruises around the world – more than any other cruise line, and some 6 million more than their closest competitors, Royal Caribbean. Whilst numbers may be down this year as a result of Covid-19, Carnival’s decision to sail their entire fleet next year is a statement of intent from the cruise industry giants.
After a lengthy period without any cruises as a result of the pandemic, Carnival resumed its cruise on August 15th with several conditions in place, such as a vaccination requirement for passengers and some restrictions in place on board ships to keep passengers safe. Whilst they may have returned to action with a scaled-down operation, March 2022 will see all of its 22 US-based ships back on the water once more as Carnival Sensation, Carnival Ecstasy and Carnival Paradise return to the fold.
Carnival’s website is now showing a wide range of cruises for every budget that travelers can take advantage of, ranging from short, two day trips from the Bahamas to Florida on board Carnival Sunrise to longer, two week outings that depart from Tampa and end up in Barcelona, via the Caribbean. The website also features a wide range of promotions in order to further entice travelers back onto the open seas.
Carnival’s website also offers more information about their latest ship. Named Carnival Jubilee, the newest addition to the fold is set to debut in 2023, and it will homeport in Galveston, Texas. The ship will boast a range of eye-catching features, such as six distinct zones and a roller-coaster on board, whilst it also comes equipped with state of the art clean-burning fuel tech.
Carnival Jubilee will be equipped to carry as many as 5,400 guests and 1,700 crew, putting it firmly amongst Carnival’s largest ships. Speaking about the new ship, Carnival’s CEO Christine Duffy said:
“Carnival was the first cruise line to offer year-round cruising from Galveston in 2000, and we have continued to grow our presence and support of the Port of Galveston’s expansion, so we are thrilled to bring our brand-new Carnival Jubilee to Texas and the greater southwest region.”
Duffy went on to add: “This beautiful, innovative ship will bring an entirely new cruise experience to our guests, and we’ve got some great surprises to fun it up in ways we know they are going to love.” Whilst cruise enthusiasts might have to wait a little while longer to board Jubilee, they can rest safely in the knowledge that cruising looks like it is back with a bang.
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