When the 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny begins a new schedule of four- and five-day cruises from Miami on Saturday, Sept. 27, it will not only provide consumers with an exciting new â€œFun Shipâ€ vacation option but will also be the largest ship to be deployed year-round on short cruise itineraries.
Additionally, the Carnival Destiny offers nearly 500 balcony staterooms and suites â€“ the most of any ship operating a year-round short-cruise program â€“ providing consumers with unprecedented variety in their accommodation choices.
Carnival Destinyâ€™s deployment to Miami will also further solidify Carnivalâ€™s position as the short-cruise leader, with 29 such options from 12 U.S. homeports â€“ the most in cruising. In total, Carnivalâ€™s ships will operate nearly 850 departures of five days or less in length with roughly half of its 22-vessel fleet offering short cruise itineraries.
On its new Miami-based schedule, Carnival Destiny departs Thursdays on four-day cruises to Key West, Fla., and Cozumel, Mexico; Mondays on five-day cruises to Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos Islands; and Half Moon Cay, a private Bahamian island; and Saturdays on five-day voyages to George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica..
In addition to providing a convenient and affordable vacation option, Carnival Destiny offers a host of on-board amenities, including some new features that were installed during a recent two-week dry dock. These include Carnivalâ€™s Seaside Theatre, a massive 270-square-foot outdoor LED screen on Lido Deck displaying movies, concerts, sporting events and other programming, along with an expansive new â€œCircle Câ€ facility catering to the 12- to 14-year-old age group.
Located on Sun Deck 12, â€œCircle Câ€ features a high-tech sound and lighting system, plasma-screen TVs displaying movies and music videos, a touch-screen jukebox, and gaming pods with the latest video games and consoles. A variety of cosmetic enhancements such as new carpeting, wall coverings and tile work, were also completed.
Continued Expansion of Short Cruise Market
The deployment of the Carnival Destiny to Miami is one of several enhancements to the lineâ€™s short cruise programs.
This past weekend, the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination began year-round four- and five-day cruises from Jacksonville, Fla., becoming the newest and largest ship to sail from that port on a year-round basis. The 2,052-passenger Carnival Imagination, which offers such features as a water park and adults-only area â€“ all part of the â€œEvolutions of Funâ€ product enhancement initiative â€“ began a new three- and four-day schedule from Miami last week, as well.
Next year, Carnival will dramatically expand capacity on its short cruise programs from Mobile, Ala., and New Orleans, when the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fantasy and the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph, respectively, launch new programs from those ports in November 2009.
A Spectacular â€˜Fun Shipâ€™
Carnival Destiny â€” the worldâ€™s first 100,000-plus-ton cruise ship â€” offers a host of resort-style facilities and features: 18 lounges and bars, including a 1,400-seat theater featuring lavish production revues, a 14,500-square-foot health and wellness center, a jogging track, an Internet cafÃ©, ship-wide Wi-Fi access and cell phone service.
Dining options include two two-level main dining rooms with extensive menus and wine lists, a 1,200-seat poolside eatery with a 24-hour pizzeria, a patisserie serving specialty coffees and sweets, and complimentary 24-hour room service.
In addition to the new â€œCircle Câ€ facility for 12- to 14-year-olds, Carnival Destiny offers numerous other family friendly features, including a childrenâ€™s program, â€œCamp Carnival,â€ catering to kids ages two to 11, and â€œClub O2,â€ the lineâ€™s award-winning teen program for 15- to 17-year olds.
Carnival Destiny also offers a variety of accommodation categories, including a wide range of balcony staterooms and suites. All staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.
Reservations are currently being accepted for the Carnival Destinyâ€™s new four- and five-day cruise schedule from Miami. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.