Carnival Cruise Lines has confirmed it will base two larger ships in Galveston, Texas, for the coming season and move two smaller ones to New Orleans.
The decision will return New Orleans to capacity levels last reached before the impact of Hurricane Katrina.
Carnival added the decision – which will see Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph based in Galveston - marks the largest capacity commitment by a cruise line to Texas.
Carnival Magic - which is slated to debut in Europe in May 2011 – will offer two different week-long itineraries from Galveston, including seven-day western Caribbean voyages to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, and week-long eastern Caribbean cruises to Nassau, Freeport, and Key West.
Also being deployed to Galveston is the Carnival Triumph which will operate year-round four- and five-day western Caribbean cruises beginning on October 6th, 2011, becoming the newest and largest ship to operate a year-round short cruise program from that port.
Four-day cruises depart Thursdays to Cozumel, while five-day voyages depart Mondays and Saturdays and visit Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.
“Deploying the new Carnival Magic to Galveston and increasing capacity on our popular short cruise program with the Carnival Triumph is a clear indication of the tremendous appeal and growth of this key homeport, which consistently earns high marks from our guests,” said Carnival president Gerry Cahill.
Expanded Capacity from New Orleans
Carnival Conquest will reposition to New Orleans for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning November 13th, 2011.
The ship will offer three different week-long Caribbean options from New Orleans: a new western Caribbean program featuring Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, an eastern Caribbean itinerary to Key West, Freeport and Nassau, and exotic western Caribbean cruises to Belize, Roatan and Cozumel.
Carnival Ecstasy will operate year-round four- and five-day western Caribbean voyages from New Orleans beginning September 22, 2011.
The ship underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation last year that added an expansive water park, tropical-style main pool area, adults-only retreat and 98 balconies to existing staterooms.
On the Carnival Ecstasy’s new itinerary, four-day cruises departing Thursdays visit Cozumel, while five-day cruises departing Mondays and Saturdays call at Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.
“We are very pleased to return to pre-Katrina capacity levels in New Orleans with the Carnival Conquest and Carnival Ecstasy – a wonderfully positive indicator of the city’s continued growth and recovery,” concluded Mr Cahill.