Carnival Unveils New Enhancements for 2006

More ports of call on the way

By: Ana Figueroa

Carnival Cruise Lines has a number of new developments planned for the 2006 cruise season, including the resumption of service from New Orleans and Mobile, Ala.; new year-round four and five-day cruises from Port Canaveral, featuring a brand new port of call, Grand Turk; and an expanded schedule of 12-day Mediterranean voyages.

A number of shipboard enhancements will be extended fleet wide, including the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system and the Georges Blanc Signature Selection menu items created by the world-renowned chef and restaurateur. Carnival will also continue catering to the family cruise market and expects to carry a record 525,000 children this year the most in cruising.     

Three Carnival ships currently under charter to the U.S. government for hurricane relief efforts will resume their previously operated schedules in 2006.

The Holiday resumes year-round four- and five-day cruises from Mobile, Ala., March 27; the Sensation launches four- and five-day service from New Orleans Oct. 26; and the Ecstasy begins four- and five-day day service from Galveston April 8. Elation, which replaced the Ecstasy on four- and five-day cruises from Galveston, will continue that program through April 3, then reposition to Miami for its new seven-day cruise program beginning April 30. 

A new year-round four- and five-day cruise schedule from Port Canaveral debuts March 23, initially on the Sensation through Oct. 19, and on the Elation beginning Oct. 23. Four-day cruises visit Nassau and either Freeport or Half Moon Cay, while five-day cruises call at Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau.

From April 30-Oct. 15, the Elation will operate a new seven-day cruise program from Miami, featuring four island destinations Half Moon Cay, St. Thomas/St. John, Grand Turk and a rare daytime call at San Juan.

Following a highly successful inaugural Mediterranean schedule in 2005, Carnival Liberty will offer an expanded series of 15 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruises roundtrip from Rome (Civitavecchia) May 7-Oct. 22. The itinerary includes extended port calls in seven magnificent locations: Naples, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Venice, Italy; Messina, Sicily; Barcelona, Spain; Cannes, France; and Livorno, Italy.