Carnival Cruise Lines has a bit o' good news for close-to-home cruisers and fans of less-lengthy sailings -- the line is adding new short-cruise itineraries departing from Jacksonville, Fla. and Mobile, Ala. to its list, drastically increasing its shorter-voyage offerings for 2004.
This move puts Carnival ahead of the curve in the shorter-sailing segment (journeys of five days or less). This market is of particular interest to cruise lines right now because it is the fastest-growing -- and for good reason. Many travelers are jumping on the latest travel-trend bandwagon: shorter, more frequent vacations. Also, passengers living within driving distance of popular embarkation ports are realizing that quick, at-sea getaways are a convenient and cost efficient alternative to traditional trips.
The new additions will beef up the line's short-cruise offerings by 50 percent, and a grand total of 39 different itineraries will be available on 13 of Carnival's 20 "Fun Ships." Carnival will be operating short cruises from 13 different homeports throughout North America this year -- more than any other cruise line.
Interested in booking a short-term cruise? Here are just a few of Carnival's programs:
Celebration -- 4- & 5-Day Mexico Cruises from Galveston, Texas are available through October 4.
Ecstacy -- 3- & 4-Day Baja Cruises from Long Beach, Calif. are available through September 13.
Imagination -- 4- & 5-Day Western Caribbean Cruises from Miami are available year-round.
Jubilee -- 4-Day Bahamas & 5-Day Key West/Bahamas Cruises from Jacksonville are available May 11 through August 26.
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Carnival Increases Number of Short-Cruise Offerings
March 26, 2004