May 8, 2003
Jacksonville, in north Florida, is rapidly putting itself on the cruise port map. Following Celebrity's announcement earlier this year -- Zenith will sail a series of "exotic Caribbean" itineraries from October through April (2004) -- Carnival is planting Holiday there on a year-round basis. Beginning in October 2004, the 1,452-passenger Holiday will offer four- and five-day itineraries calling at the Bahamas and Key West. Holiday is currently sailing out of New Orleans; Carnival, which, additionally, bases Conquest there, says it will replace Holiday in the "Big Easy" with a bigger ship. In a second Jacksonville-related announcement, Carnival also says it will offer a handful of sailings from there aboard Carnival Miracle. The not-yet-delivered ship will offer a series of cruises, ranging from three day Bahamas to five day Caribbean itineraries, between March - mid-April 2004.