Three’s the charm: Carnival deploys its third ship from Port Canaveral
MAKE ROOM FOR LIBERTY: A third Carnival ship is now sailing out of Port Canaveral.
Carnival Liberty, which made its inaugural voyage from the port last weekend, joins sister ships Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Sensation. The additional ship will increase Carnival Cruise Lines’ annual passenger count from Port Canaveral to 600,000.
Carnival Liberty’s five-day cruises call on Nassau, Freeport and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay or Key West, while seven-day western Caribbean voyages visit Cozumel, Belize, Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan) and Costa Maya. Week-long eastern Caribbean sailings feature the ports of St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Nassau. Two different eight-day options are offered: an eastern Caribbean itinerary featuring Grand Turk, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and San Juan, and a southern Caribbean voyage visiting Aruba, Curacao or Bonaire, and Grand Turk.
More details can be found at www.carnival.com.
ALL THAT JAZZ: Sail for 11 days on a special jazz-themed cruise sailing through the Panama Canal and Central America aboard Crystal Serenity this fall.
Departing from Caldera, Costa Rica on Nov. 30, the ship calls on Puerto Limón, Costa Rica; Roatán Island, Honduras; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West before docking in PortMiami.
Entertainers include band leader/trombonist Bill Allred with his Classic Jazz Band; Eddie Metz and Danny Coots on drums; Pieter Meijers, Antti Sarpila, Robert Veen and Harry Allen on clarinet/saxophone; Nicki Parrot and Kristin Korb on bass and vocals; Warren Vaché, Greg Varlotta, and Bobby Pickwood on trumpet; Jacob Fischer on guitar; Paolo Alderighi, Stephanie Trick, John Cocuzzi, Randy Morris, and Yve Evans on piano, with Evans also adding vocals; and Banu Gibson, featured vocalist.
Musicians will perform daily and nightly shows in the ship’s theatres, nightclubs and lounges. Activities also include expert theme lectures.
Through June 30, all-inclusive “Book Now” cruise fares start at $3,135 per person. Visit www.crystalcruises.com for more information.
BACK TO MOTHERLAND: MSC Divina is heading to the Mediterranean during the summer of 2015. The ship, the first of MSC Cruises’ fleet to be dedicated to North American travelers, homeports in Miami.
MSC Divina will begin its Grand Voyage on April 26, sailing from PortMiami and making a stops in New York, Bermuda and then continuing on to Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Cadiz, Barcelona, Naples and Civitavecchia.
The ship will sail seven-night Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Civitavecchia and visiting the ports of La Spezia, Cannes, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Naples. Book a 2015 Mediterranean cruise on MSC Divina by July 31 and receive a balcony upgrade and up to $200 onboard credit per stateroom.
Before the ship heads back home to South Florida in November 2015, she will be in dry dock in Europe. The cruise line promises the ship will receive some “surprise enhancements specifically tailored to appeal to North American passengers.”
Learn more at www.msccruisesusa.com.
BOGO FOR CRUISERS: “Buy One, Get One” may be a familiar grocery store pitch — but getting this kind of deal from a cruise line?
Norwegian Cruise Line has a “Buy Once, Cruise Twice” offer for guests who book on Norwegian Getaway or Norwegian Breakaway and sail between May and September. They’ll receive a complimentary three- or four-day Bahamas cruise on Norwegian Sky, departing from PortMiami. Guests cruising on the three-day itinerary will visit Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay. Those embarking on the four-day will visit Grand Bahama Island, Nassau and Great Stirrup Cay.
But you have to book fast —The offer ends Sunday. Find information at www.ncl.com.