Cruisers from the northeast U.S. will have one less option close to home as Carnival Cruise Line deploys the New York-based Carnival Splendor to Miami next autumn. Carnival Cruise Line announced in a Dec. 20 press release that Carnival Splendor will join six other ships in south Florida beginning Nov. 9, 2014.
After the move is complete, Carnival will have five ships in Miami and one in Port Everglades, increasing the cruise line’s passenger capacity in south Florida to approximately 1.2 million annually.
Carnival Splendor will leave New York on Oct. 24, 2014 for an eight-night sailing to San Juan. From there, a separate repositioning cruise departing Nov. 1 will bring her to Miami. Effective Nov. 9, she will sail week-long eastern and western Caribbean cruises. Ports of call will include St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk, and Nassau in the eastern Caribbean and Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan in the western Caribbean. According to Carnival’s website, these cruises will be seasonal; future itineraries have not yet been announced.
This news comes seven months after Carnival announced a wide variety of year-round departures on Carnival Splendor from New York.
Carnival Splendor will join the following ships in south Florida:
- Carnival Breeze will offer year-round six- and eight-night Caribbean cruises from Miami.
- Carnival Conquest will offer year-round seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami.
- Carnival Ecstasy, after repositioning to Miami in Jan. 2014, will offer three- and four-night Bahamas cruises from Miami.
- Carnival Freedom will offer five- to eight-day Caribbean cruises year-round from Port Everglades. She is scheduled for an extensive refurbishment in Apr. 2014.
- Carnival Glory will offer year-round seven-night Caribbean cruises from Miami. The ship moved to Miami in Nov. 2013 after previously homeporting in Norfolk and, seasonally, Boston and New York.
- Carnival Victory will offer year-round four- and five-night cruises to the Bahamas or western Caribbean from Miami.