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Carnival to make fleet changes for 2016

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  •   03-04-2015  8:09 am

Carnival to make fleet changes for 2016

Carnival Cruise Line is making several changes to its 2016 schedule, repositioning Carnival vessels Elation, Triumph, Fascination, and Liberty to new ports and introducing a number of new voyages.

Carnival Cruise Line’s 2016 changes are designed to offer guests who have previously sailed with Carnival from New Orleans or Jacksonville with new itineraries that visit more exotic ports of call.

Beginning spring 2016, following a previous announcement from the company that Carnival Liberty will replace Carnival Triumph on the line’s year-round four- and five- day cruise program from Galveston, Carnival Triumph will replace Carnival Elation in its short cruise program from New Orleans. In turn, Carnival Elation will reposition to Jacksonville, Fla., exchanging with Carnival Fascination, which will begin sailing out of San Juan.

On April 4, 2016, Carnival Triumph will launch year-round four- and five-day cruises out of New Orleans to Mexico.  On this route, four-day cruises depart Thursdays and call at Cozumel, while five-day cruises depart Mondays and Saturdays and visit Cozumel and Progreso. During these voyages, consumers will visit centuries-old Mayan ruins, including Chichen Itza, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Carnival Triumph will also offer a special three-day cruise round-trip from New Orleans April 8-11, 2016.

Carnival Triumph will join Carnival Dream, which operates year-round seven-day cruises from New Orleans.  Together, these two ships are expected to carry 450,000 guests annually from New Orleans – the most of any cruise operator. Carnival Cruise lines intends for this move to expand capacity on its New Orleans short cruise program by 34 per cent.

Carnival Elation will shift from New Orleans to Jacksonville, assuming Carnival Fascination’s former schedule to operate year-round four- and five-day cruises from Jaxport, beginning April 23, 2016. This will mean a newer ship on the only year-round program from that port, which departs Mondays and Thursdays and visits the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay and Nassau.

In anticipation of this new program, Carnival Elation will also offer two longer length cruises, including an 11-day cruise will depart New Orleans April 2 and arrive in San Juan April 13, 2016, with ports in Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, Antigua, and St. Thomas. In addition, a 10-day cruise will sail from San Juan to Jacksonville April 13-23, 2016, featuring Barbados, Grenada, Tobago, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Thomas.

These 10- and 11-day cruises offer higher commission opportunities for travel agents, due to the longer cruise duration.  

Following its move from Jacksonville, Carnival Fascination will reposition to San Juan to operate year-round seven-day southern Caribbean cruises beginning April 24, 2016. These week-long adventures feature five Caribbean islands: St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.

Carnival Fascination will also offer a special six-day cruise departing Jacksonville April 18 and arriving in San Juan April 24, 2016.  Featured ports on this one-time voyage will include St. Thomas, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.

For additional information and reservations visit the line’s travel agent Internet portal,