|Well, sort of. Carnival's latest new build, the 88,500-ton, 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle, still under construction at a shipyard in Helsinki, will sail seven-day roundtrip itineraries from New York next summer.|
Like Norwegian Cruise Line's precedent-setting Norwegian Dawn, this ship's mostly-U.S. itinerary features a call at Port Canaveral (Orlando) as well as the necessary "toe touch" at the Bahamas (both in Freeport and in Nassau) due to the Jones Act. Unlike Norwegian Dawn, the ship will not call at Miami.
Interestingly, Carnival Miracle's 14-hour stop at Port Canaveral/Orlando is a long day – and that's good news for passengers who want to explore Walt Disney Word and other Orlando attractions. What's challenging about Port Canaveral as a port of call as opposed to a place of embarkation/debarkation, is the relative distance from the port of the area's big-magnet attractions, such as Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando (though passengers who confine their explorations to nearby Cape Canaveral's John F. Kennedy Space Center may not be so pressed for time).
Schedule-wise, Carnival Miracle – as opposed to Norwegian Dawn – will not offer this New York-based itinerary on a (near) year-round basis; the ship will sail out of the Big Apple, on Saturdays, from June to August. Carnival Miracle launches on March 1, in Jacksonville.