(12:45 p.m. EDT) -- Northeastern drive-to cruisers rejoice: Carnival Miracle will homeport year-round in New York City beginning in April 2012.
The 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger ship, which is currently a half-year Manhattanite, will sail a trio of eight-day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas.
Eastern Caribbean cruises will visit San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk. These will be offered on a rotating basis April through October.
Bahamas cruises will call at the private island of Half Moon Cay (operated by sister line Holland America), Grand Turk and Nassau. The Bahamas sailing will also be offered on a rotating basis April through October.
From November through April, Bahamas/Florida cruises will visit Port Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau and Freeport.
While Miracle will become Carnival Cruise Lines' first-ever year-round New Yorker, the line has offered seasonal voyages from the city for more than a decade. Currently, Carnival Glory also homeports seasonally in N.Y.C., offering Canada cruises during the warmer months. Carnival will join NCL, which stations two ships year-round in New York, and Cunard in the region during the colder months.
Miracle's year-round deployment isn't the only big news for the Big Apple. In April, Disney Cruise Line announced that Disney Magic will sail 20 eight-, five- and two-night cruises from Manhattan starting May 2012. Read that story here.
--by Dan Askin, News Editor