December 5, 2014
(5:45 p.m. EST) -- Mainly known for its short and affordable cruise itineraries, Carnival Cruise Lines is creating new, longer-than-a-week voyages on six different ships. Beginning in late 2015, Carnival Miracle, Carnival Dream, Carnival Glory and Carnival Sunshine will offer a series of 10- to 14-night cruises to the Caribbean, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Mexican Riviera. Carnival Triumph and Carnival Pride will also handle a few 10- to 14-night sailings.
Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen says the move is in response to feedback from Carnival loyalists, who are "looking for new experiences and want to go to some really off-the-beaten-path ports in addition to those normally associated with the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera."
Twenty of these longer itineraries will be offered in the 2015/2016 winter season. Bonaire will be a maiden call for Carnival; other, less-traveled ports include the Caribbean's Grenada, Tobago and Martinique. A 13-night cruise in the Mexican Riviera adds in destinations like La Paz, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Manzanillo, along with visits to stalwarts like Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.
Reservations opened Friday for these new cruises.
In order to accommodate the new, longer itineraries, the line was forced to cancel some already-booked shorter sailings for 2015. Gulliksen says those with reservations on the canceled sailings will be offered the chance to rebook a similar cabin on a different sailing at the same rate, as well as $25 in onboard credit per person for those booked on three- to five-night voyages or $50 per person for those booked on six- to eight-night voyages.
--By Ashley Kosciolek, Ports and Copy Editor, and Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor in Chief