Building upon its position as the leader in Gulf Coast cruising, Carnival Cruise Line is expanding its short cruise offerings from the region with Carnival Dream repositioning to Galveston and Carnival Valor to New Orleans.

Carnival Valor will launch four- and five-day cruises to Mexico from New Orleans May 11, with Carnival Dream offering a similar program from Galveston beginning May 13, becoming the largest Carnival ships ever to offer year-round short cruise programs from these ports.

Four-day long weekend cruises depart Thursdays and visit Cozumel, while five-day voyages depart Mondays and Saturdays calling at Cozumel and Progreso. Some five-day itineraries from Galveston feature Cozumel and Costa Maya.    

Each of these stunning Mexican destinations offer world-class beaches, excellent shopping and dining experiences and opportunities to visit historical attractions and landmarks, including centuries-old Mayan ruins. A wide variety of “fun in the sun” shore excursion choices, from paddle-boarding and ziplining to ATV adventures and watersports like scuba diving and snorkeling, is also available.

Carnival Dream and Carnival Valor offer a wide range of onboard features, including hundreds of balcony staterooms and suites, top-rated children’s programs and captivating entertainment such as the award-winning Playlist Productions shows. There’s plenty of outdoor fun and relaxation as well with deck parties, poolside watering holes like the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, corkscrew water slides and more.