With the arrival of fall, Carnival Miracle is getting ready to head back to its winter home at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for its popular eight-day Caribbean cruises. The ship will offer alternating Southern Caribbean itineraries beginning Oct. 16 through the winter and spring. Carnival Miracle sailed eight-day Caribbean from New York during the spring and summer.

Carnival Miracle’s two Fort Lauderdale-based routes will give consumers a taste of the region’s most colorful beautiful destinations. One itinerary stops at Grand Turk, with its distinctive Bermudan-British colonial architecture; La Romana, or Catalina Island, both in Dominican Republic, and visits to vibrant Aruba and Curacao.

The second itinerary visits St. Lucia, with its lush tropical rainforests and volcanic mountains, St. Maarten, distinguished by its dual Dutch-French identity, and St. Kitts, offering excellent shopping and beaches.

Both Southern Caribbean cruises include two fun days at sea to provide opportunities to explore the ship. Carnival Miracle offers all of the line’s signature offerings, including comprehensive children’s programs for kids ages 2-17, great nightspots, a variety of formal and casual dining experiences, captivating entertainment and more.

For those New Yorkers who were looking forward to sailing from their hometown to the Caribbean, don’t despair. Carnival Miracle will return to the Big Apple next spring for another season of eight-day voyages, with its first cruise departing April 28, 2011.