|Carnival Cruise Lines is pulling the old switcharoo -- but for good reason.|
In an effort to give their repeat homeporting guests from New York, Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa a fresh experience on a new ship, Carnival's swapping Carnival Legend's and Carnival Miracle's departure ports beginning next spring.
Carnival Legend -- which currently sails to the Caribbean from New York and Ft. Lauderdale -- will call Tampa its new home beginning April 15, 2007. All cruises will depart on Sundays for seven nights and visit Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya.
Carnival Miracle -- which currently sails from Tampa -- will be repositioned to Carnival Legend's original departure cities: New York in the summer and Ft. Lauderdale in the winter, beginning on April 25, 2007. Its eight-night summer sailings from New York will include ports of call San Juan, St. Thomas/St. John and Tortola/Virgin Gorda. The ship's winter scheduling from Fort Lauderdale will not be so cut and dry, but offers passengers a choice: Eight-night itineraries will rotate between exotic Southern Caribbean (St. Maarten, St. Lucia and St. Kitts) and exotic Western Caribbean (Colon, Panama; Limon, Costa Rica; and Belize City, Belize) beginning October 22, 2007.
Additional sailings that have swapped ships prior to the kick-off of this new program include:
Carnival Miracle (originally Carnival Legend's sailing)
April 19, 2007: Six-night cruise from New York to Bermuda
October 18, 2007: Two-night "cruise to nowhere" from New York
Carnival Legend (originally Carnival Miracle's sailing)
April 9, 2007: Four-night Eastern Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale
Have you already booked an upcoming cruise on either of these ships? No need to worry about changing your reservations; since Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle are sister ships, all booking and stateroom numbers will be transferred to the new ship immediately.
Although they are sister ships weighing in at 88,500 tons -- the ambience does differ. Carnival Legend's great legends of the world theme is featured throughout this mid-size vessel, whereas the slightly newer Carnival Miracle is also slightly understated compared to the rest of the Spirit class, with fictional icons gracing the public rooms of the ship.
--by Erica Sapio, Assistant Editor