CARNIVAL TO EXTEND EXOTIC EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE PROGRAM FROMMIAMI
Launch of Seven-Day New Orleans Program to be Postponed
MIAMI (February 15,2007) – Carnival Cruise Lines is expanding its previously announced program ofseven-day, four-port "Exotic Eastern Caribbean" voyages from Miami, featuringvisits to stunning Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamian island, and Grand Turk,Turks&Caicos Islands, on the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph. Theitinerary also features the widely popular ports of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and SanJuan, Puerto Rico.
The cruises were originally scheduled to be offered every otherweek from April through August 2007 followed by Carnival Triumph’s shift to NewOrleans to operate weekly Caribbean cruises from that port beginning late August2007. Instead, Carnival Triumph will remain in Miami at least through April2008and the "Exotic Eastern Caribbean" itinerary will switch from everyother week to weekly beginning August 25, 2007.
"We’ve received a tremendous amount of enthusiasm fromconsumers and travel agents in response to the Carnival Triumph’s new ExoticEastern Caribbean itinerary," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO."By the same token, there are lingering misconceptions by the vacationing publicas to the recovery of New Orleans’ tourism infrastructure, which hasnecessitated a re-evaluation of our timeline for adding a second ship to thatport."
Carnival re-introduced its cruise program from New Orleans inOctober 2006 with the launch of four and five-day cruises on the SuperLinerFantasy. According to Dickinson, "We are committed to New Orleans and, not onlywill the Fantasy remain there, but we will continue our efforts to buildconsumer interest in cruising from New Orleans and to counter some of theerroneous perceptions of the city that are currently posing a challenge. In themeantime, we do not feel the timing is right to place a second ship there justyet," said Dickinson.
Highlights of the Carnival Triumph’s ‘Exotic Eastern Caribbean’itinerary from Miami include Half Moon Cay, a stunning Bahamian private island;St. Thomas, U.S.V.I., whose postcard-perfect beaches, gorgeous mountain terrainand endless shopping make it an ever-popular favorite; a daytime call in SanJuan, Puerto Rico, known for its rich cultural heritage and fascinatinghistorical sites; and Grand Turk, Turks&Caicos Islands, the Caribbean’snewest port of call, offering world-renowned snorkeling, diving and spectacularbeaches, along with an expansive shopping complex and spaciouspool/entertainment facility, including a Caribbean-themed bar and restaurant,Margaritaville.
On certain sailing dates, the ports of call on the CarnivalTriumph’s ‘Exotic Eastern Caribbean’ program may vary.
The Carnival Triumph features a wide variety of amenities,including a 15,000-square-foot spa, a jogging track, full casino gambling, and18 stylish lounges and bars. Dining options include twin two-level restaurantsoffering extensive menus and wine lists and a casual poolside eatery offering awide array of tempting cuisine, as well as 24-hour pizza and ice cream/frozenyogurt.
The ship also features cellular phone service, an Internetcafé, and wireless Internet access in virtually all public rooms and areas.
Carnival Triumph offers a wide variety of spaciousaccommodations, including spectacular suites and an expansive array ofstaterooms featuring ocean views from private balconies – ideal for scenicCaribbean cruising. All accommodations feature the new Carnival Comfort Bedsleep system including plush mattresses, luxurious duvets, and high qualitypillows and linens.
All Carnival ships feature the line’s top-rated "Camp Carnival"children’s program, as well as "Club O2," created in partnership with Coca-Cola,which offers specialized activities and facilities for teens.
Carnival will begin accepting reservations for the CarnivalTriumph’s ‘Exotic Eastern Caribbean’ cruises on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. Pricesstart at $399 per person based on double occupancy. Special rates for third andfourth guests sailing in the same stateroom, along with round-trip airtransportation from a variety of North American gateways and pre- andpost-cruise land packages in South Florida, are also available.
For additional information and reservations, contact any travelagent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
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