Carnival Cruise Lines announced Port Canaveral will be getting a third ship joining two Disney Cruise Line and two Royal Caribbean International ships and will begin sailing in November.
The 20-year-old Carnival Ecstasy, currently based in Galveston, will join the Carnival Sensation and Dream at the port. Disney bases the new Disney Dream and Disney Magic while Royal Caribbean bases the Freedom of the Seas and Monarch of the Seas at the port. The Norwegian Sun currently sails out of Port Canaveral, but will be leaving in April.
The 2,052-passenger Ecstasy will operate four- and five-day Bahamas cruises beginning Nov. 7, 2011.
"In addition to offering a convenient departure point for millions of consumers in the southeastern U.S., along with attractive port facilities and excellent flight options into nearby Orlando, Port Canaveral is an extremely popular homeport and we're excited to provide our guests with some fantastic new cruise choices from Central Florida," said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.
Ecstasy's new schedule will feature two different four-day and two different five-day voyages. The ship will depart Thursdays on four-day 'long weekend' cruises visiting Nassau and Half Moon Cay or Freeport. The five-day cruises will depart Mondays and Saturdays and call at Nassau, Freeport and Half Moon Cay or Key West.
The Carnival Sensation offers three-day Bahamas trips while the new Dream offers seven-day voyages to the eastern and western Caribbean.
Ecstasy will continue operation from current homeport Galveston, Texas through Sept. 8, 2011 and then from New Orleans Sept. 22 through Nov. 5, 2011, as previously scheduled before coming to Port Canaveral. The newest Carnival Ship, the Carnival Magic, a sister ship to the Dream, will be based in Galveston after it debuts with Mediterranean sailings this summer.
One other piece of news in Carnival's game of musical chairs is bad news for Mobile, Ala. The Carnival Elation will be moving from that port to New Orleans to fill the Ecstasy's departure, and offer year-round four- and five-day western Caribbean cruises beginning Nov. 5, 2011. With the Elation, Carnival will be operating two ships out of New Orleans for the first time in six years. The Elation joins the Carnival Conquest.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun