Travellers eager to take a longer cruise holiday from various corners of the United States will have a wider choice in 2018 and 2019 after Carnival Cruise Line unveiled a significantly enhanced calendar of “Carnival Journeys” – cruise itineraries of 13 days or longer.
In line with growing trends which indicate a cruise is the major or entire component of a holiday, the American juggernaut has added the extra departures to cater to travellers keen to spend longer away and see more of Central and South America, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama and the Caribbean from a Carnival cruise.
In all, 13 new itineraries have been released, setting sail from all corners of the USA. These are in addition to existing longer voyages already scheduled for 2017 and 2018 and, listed by ship, include:
- A 14-day round-trip cruise to Alaska, sailing from Long Beach in California on 25 August 2018, visiting Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau, Sitka and Victoria, British Columbia.
- Three separate 14-day return cruises from Long Beach to Hawaii, departing on 13 October, 01 December and 12 January 2019, calling in Maui, Honolulu, Kona and Hilo.
- A 14-day one-way cruise to the Southern Caribbean, sailing from the port of Galveston, Texas on 16 September 2018. It will arrive in Port Canaveral, Florida after stops in Grand Cayman, Aruba, Curacao, Grenada, Barbados, Dominica and St Maarten.
- Two-week round-trip cruise, sailing from Port Canaveral on 03 November 2018, calling in St Thomas, Antigua, St Lucia, Grenada, Barbados, St. Maarten, Tortola, and San Juan.
- A fourteen-day cruise to the Panama Canal where the ship will do a partial transit. Sailing from Galveston, Texas on 27 October 2018, the cruise will stop at Montego Bay, Aruba, Curacao and Cartagena, followed by Limon (Costa Rica) and Cozumel on the way home.
- A 14-day cruise to the Southern Caribbean, sailing from Port Canaveral on 19 January 2019 and visiting Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, and Cartagena. After a partial transit of the Panama Canal, the cruise ends with stops in Limon and Cozumel.
- A two-week cruise to the Southern Caribbean from Baltimore on 04 November 2018, visiting Grand Turk, Aruba, Curacao, Barbados, St. Lucia and St. Maarten.
- A 14-day Southern Caribbean cruise from Baltimore, sailing on 06 January 2019 and visiting St Thomas, Antigua, Grenada, Dominica, St. Maarten, San Juan and Grand Turk.
- A 12-day voyage to the Southern Caribbean, sailing from Charleston in South Carolina on 10 November 2018, visiting Amber Cove, Aruba, Curacao, St Maarten and San Juan.
- A two-week voyage to the Panama Canal, sailing from Tampa on 02 December 2018. The cruise will stop in Cozumel and Limon prior to completing a partial transit of the Canal before also calling in Cartagena, Aruba, Curacao and Ocho Rios.
- A 13-day round-trip Southern Caribbean cruise, sailing from Port Canaveral on 12 January 2019 and visiting Aruba, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber Cove.
As these cruises are longer in duration, Carnival shakes things up a bit in terms of the range of entertainment, with extra educational seminars and demonstrations including cooking classes, digital photography and social media lessons and more. Guests can also get to know the crew members looking after them a bit better through Q&A sessions.
Extra perks of these longer voyages include what Carnival calls “Throwback Sea Days” where the crew turn the clocks back to 1987, dressing in uniforms from the era and recreating the fun of a 1980’s cruise experience with retro deck games, dance parties featuring music of the day, 80’s movies, classic dining items such as Baked Alaska and a midnight buffet.