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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
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.