September 28, 2000
Rushing in where Premier -- and Cape Canaveral -- no longer tread, Carnival has announced it will be sending the 36,674-ton Tropicale to Port Canaveral for “unique” two- and three-day cruises. The two-day voyages depart on Thursdays and Sundays and stop in Freeport, the Bahamas. Prices start at $179, per person, double. The three-day cruise, departing Mondays and Thursdays, will call in at both Freeport and Nassau -- with the somewhat unusual addition of spending part of the night in the latter town. Fares are from $239 per person. Carnival is positioning Tropicale’s move from its port in Tampa to Port Canaveral as its “latest foray into the booming short cruise market” but in effect the ship, which also did “short” four- and five-day itineraries is simply being repositioned. Whether or not Tropicale’s move to Port Canaveral is a response to the “booming” short cruise niche --since two lines that specialized in short cruises have now ceased operations from that very location -- is debatable. Reservations will be taken beginning October 4; call 1-800-CARNIVAL.