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Carnival to Launch Year-Round Service from Jacksonville in Fall 2004 on "Fun Ship" HOLIDAY
New CARNIVAL MIRACLE Also to Operate Series of Three- to Six-Day "Fun Ship" Voyages from Jacksonville in Spring 2004
Carnival will inaugurate "Fun Ship" cruising from Jacksonville, Florida, when the new 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle debuts with a series of three-, five- and six-day cruises from the Florida port in March 2004. Following the Carnival Miracle sailings, Carnival will launch Jacksonville's first year-round cruise program with four- and five-day voyages aboard the 1,452-passenger Holiday in October 2004. The Holiday, which currently sails from New Orleans, will be replaced by a larger vessel at that port.
Carnival is thrilled to offer "Fun Ship" cruising from Jacksonville to consumers seeking hassle-free, quality vacation experiences. Jacksonville offers a convenient embarkation point for a large segment of the population.
The sailings from Jacksonville continue Carnival's strategy of deploying ships near large regional U.S. population bases. Including Jacksonville, next year Carnival is expected to sail from a record 19 North American homeports, providing consumers with a wide variety of departure points from which to embark on a cruise. The new departures from Jacksonville are one more example of Carnival's desire to make cruising more accessible, convenient and affordable for today's time-crunched consumers.
New CARNIVAL MIRACLE to Debut from Jacksonville in March 2004
The new 88,500-ton Carnival Miracle will operate 11 departures, inaugurating "Fun Ship" cruising from Jacksonville with a series of three-day Bahamas, and five- and six-day Caribbean sailings operating March 1st through April 17, 2004.
Three-day cruises to Freeport, The Bahamas, will depart on Fridays (March 12, March 26 and April 9, 2004), providing the ultimate weekend getaway. Five-day Caribbean cruises will depart Mondays (March 1, March15, March 29 and April 12, 2004), and visit Key West and Nassau. Six-day Caribbean cruises will depart Saturdays (March 6, March 20, April 3 and April 17), and visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico and Freeport.*
Year-Round Four- and Five-Day Cruises Aboard HOLIDAY
Carnival's 46,052-ton Holiday will become the first cruise ship based year-round in Jacksonville when it sails on an inaugural six-day western Caribbean cruise to Cozumel, Calica and Freeport on Sunday, October 17, 2004.
Following this special one-time sailing, the Holiday will launch a year-round program of four-day Bahamas and five-day western Caribbean cruises beginning with a five-day voyage departing October 23, 2004. Four-day weekend cruises depart Thursdays, calling at Freeport and Nassau, while five-day cruises departing Mondays and Saturdays call at Key West and Nassau.
Signature 'Fun Ship' Amenities
Carnival Miracle and Holiday each offers a variety of on-board amenities, including a diversity of themed lounges, bars and nightspots, lavish Las Vegas-style entertainment, a "Camp Carnival" children's program with activities for kids in four age groups, and an array of formal and casual dining options, including 24-hour pizza, ice cream and stateroom service, all part of Carnival's Total Choice Dining (sm) program offering the widest variety of culinary choices at sea. Carnival Miracle will also house an upscale reservations-only supper club.
Additionally, both ships feature full casino gambling, a cascading water slide, a Spa Carnival health and fitness facility, and on-board duty-free shopping. An Internet café and a comprehensive golf program offering instruction both aboard ship and during golf excursions are also available.
For additional information and reservations, please call 1-888- CARNIVAL or any travel agent.
* The March 6th depature will call at Playa del Carmen, Mexico instead of Costa Maya.
Carnival is indeed going to be sailing Miracle out of Jacksonville and they just released rates yesterday! Those of us in the southeast are very excited about this and we expect this to be a very popular sailing!
The Charleston, SC and Jacksonville ports are becoming popular and sailings from these ports are growing.
I'm looking forward to trying this ship. We'll probably do a short cruise out of Jax. Although it says on the website they started taking reservations on Friday the 16th, none of the Miracle's itineraries show up on my online travel agent's site (or any other online travel agents' sites that I've seen.) Does anyone know how long it takes for the online agencies to add new ships and itineraries to their databases?
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