|There's more good news for Gulf Coast cruise homeporters. Carnival, which announced yesterday it would pull Carnival Fantasy out of New Orleans and place it in Mobile, has proclaimed today that its Big Easy replacement will be the larger Carnival Triumph.|
As we noted yesterday, the 70,367-ton, 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy will relocate to Mobile in November 2009. The 102,000-ton, 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph, currently based in Miami, will begin its year-round stint in its New Orleans homeport on November 10 -- again, that's 2009. The addition of Carnival Triumph represents a 34 percent increase in passenger berths.
Beyond a higher passenger capacity, those sailing out of New Orleans will have the benefit of a much larger, more amenity-laden ship. Where Carnival Fantasy has only around 50 balconies, Carnival Triumph has over 500. Triumph also features larger children's, spa and gym facilities, and, following a fall 2008 dry dock, the Seaside Theatre, an outdoor big-screen movie setup located poolside.
Neither ship, however, has its own "supper club," Carnival's critically acclaimed alternative restaurant concept that's found on new vessels in the fleet.
In addition, passengers sailing on Triumph out of New Orleans will enjoy two new seven-night itinerary options, one Bahamas cruise and one Western Caribbean cruise. The seven-day cruises will depart on Saturdays, with Western Caribbean voyages visiting Belize City, Roatan and Cozumel; and Bahamas cruises calling at Key West, Freeport and Nassau.
As well, Carnival Triumph will continue to offer the traditional, New Orleans-based four- and five-night trips that Carnival Fantasy has been sailing. The four-night cruises will depart Thursdays with just a Cozumel stop; five-night trips will depart Mondays and Saturdays and stop in Cozumel and Progreso.
Carnival Triumph will begin its residency in New Orleans with a four-day cruise departing Tuesday, November 10 (remember -- 2009), then launch its new year-round four-, five- and seven-night schedule beginning with a weeklong voyage departing Saturday, November 14, 2009.
--by Dan Askin, Assistant Editor