May 10, 2001
Carnival's following up on its pledge to offer longer-than-a-week, shorter-than-two Caribbean cruises. Paradise, the line's 2,052-passenger, 70,000 ton ship, will, in the proverbial sticking-a-toe-in-the-water strategy, sail a handful – just a handful – of 10- and 11-day southern Caribbean trips. These six cruises, offered throughout 2002, will include the usual Caribbean hotspots (St. Thomas, Aruba, St. Lucia and St. Maarten) along with some more exotic islands (including Martinique and Curacao). Some will even take in ports in Costa Rica and Panama (with a shore excursion to the canal, though the ship itself will not travel through it). The longer voyages will be roundtrip from Miami. Otherwise, the Paradise will continue to operate its usual seven-day Caribbean cruises to and from Miami.