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Old August 27th, 2007, 10:22 PM
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Default CARNIVAL'S SOUTHERN ITINERARY - AFTER THE DESTINY???

Does anyone know what ship is slated to replace the Destiny out of San Juan once it moves to Miami to replace the Imagination?

I just talked to a Carnival PVP and according to his screen, there will be NO ships sailing the Southern Caribbean or leaving from San Juan from Mid-September to at least the end of November, 2008. He couldn't book anything for the Southern Caribbean after early September 2008.

While I know the Destiny has gotten horrible reviews and there were many complaints regarding the disadvantages of sailing out of San Juan, I can't imagine that Carnival will abandon San Juan as a port of embarkation and leave the workers at the San Juan port idle for at over two months and possibly for the foreseeable future.

Does anyone know anything about what will happen when the Destiny leaves its port home of San Juan for Miami??

I plan to do the Southern Itinerary one more time, hopefully in 2008. However, now I see that there may not be a Carnival Southern Itinerary in late Sept/early Oct which is when I wanted to cruise. If need be, I will move this cruise up to early summer. However, ideally, I would rather cruise a different ship in the fall if there will be one.

I can't believe Carnival will abandon its Southern Itinerary or the new terminal in San Juan.

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Old August 27th, 2007, 10:48 PM
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Default Never mind. Did a little research and found the answer

MIAMI (August 24, 2007) – Carnival Cruise Lines will deploy the 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory on year-round seven-day southern Caribbean departures from San Juan beginning in November 2008.

Carnival Victory replaces the Carnival Destiny on this popular itinerary and provides a newer, slightly larger ship, as well as a fresh new choice for consumers.

A truly spectacular “Fun Ship,? Carnival Victory offers a dramatic décor inspired by the world’s great oceans and seas designed by Carnival’s ship architect Joe Farcus. The dramatic Seven Seas atrium spans nine decks and is an instant “wow? as guests board the ship. From the elegant Atlantic and Pacific dining rooms, to the exciting South China Sea Club casino, to the unique Adriatic Lounge, there are 17 different themed venues for guests to enjoy.

In addition, the Carnival Victory will feature Carnival’s Seaside Theatre with a huge outdoor LED screen showing movies, concerts and other programming. A full range of daytime and evening features will be available including everything from kids movies to major sporting events.

The ship also offers elaborate stage shows from the beautiful 1,500-seat Caribbean Lounge that spans three decks, with elaborate production shows “Livin’ in America? and “Vroom? offering a truly dazzling entertainment experience.

“The Carnival Victory will provide a great new option for us in the Southern Caribbean, including the opportunity to visit five magnificent ports of call, all in a one- week cruise,? said Vicki Freed, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Carnival Victory’s Week-Long Voyages to San Juan

The Carnival Victory’s new five-port, seven-day schedule from San Juan kicks off Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008, and includes an overnight call in the elegant resort area of La Romana/Casa De Campo, along with extended visits to the tropical destinations of St. Kitts, Barbados, Dominica and St. Thomas.

Casa de Campo is one of the Caribbean’s premier resorts and features extensive resort amenities including Altos de Chavon, a 16th century Mediterranean village replica; world-class golf and a wide variety of beach and watersports, to name just a few. In addition to breathtaking beaches ranging in color from black to golden, St. Kitts offers a landscape of rugged mountains and dense rainforest. Barbados is a friendly British isle boasting beautiful aqua-blue waters and white-sand beaches, along with numerous shopping, dining and watersports opportunities. A 289-square-mile island dominated by hot springs and volcanoes, Dominica offers gorgeous white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters teeming with tropical fish, while St. Thomas is one of the Caribbean’s most popular islands, with excellent duty-free shopping bargains and world-famous beaches.

A Spectacular ‘Fun Ship’

The 102,000-ton Carnival Victory offers a multitude of dining, entertainment and activity options, along with such high-tech features as an Internet Café, Wi-Fi access, and cell phone service.

The ship features four swimming pools – one with a 214-foot-long corkscrew waterslide – a state-of-the-art 14,500-square-foot spa and gymnasium, an on-board duty-free shopping mall and a jogging track. Family-friendly amenities include “Camp Carnival? and “Club O2,? with supervised activities and expansive facilities for children and teens, respectively.

Dining options include twin two-level dining rooms with expanded menus and wine lists, a 1,200-seat poolside eatery featuring a 24-hour pizzeria, a patisserie serving specialty coffees and sweets, and complimentary 24-hour room service.

Carnival Victory also offers a wide range of spacious accommodations, including a wide selection of affordable balcony staterooms – perfect for scenic Caribbean cruising. Every stateroom features the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system, with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high-quality linens and pillows.

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Carnival is currently accepting reservations for the Carnival Victory’s seven-day cruises from San Juan. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.

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I guess Carnival is finally moving Destiny to an easier run. It sounds like the Victory is going to be have some major renovations if they are adding the seaside theatre. I would guess it will have mini-golf and the water park by then also.

I am excited. I will definitely book this for either November 2008 or February 2009.
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Carnival announced a couple of days ago that the Carnival Victory will be replacing the Carnival Destiny in leaving from San Juan, but all this won't happen until next year, November 2 actually.

The Victory is a nice ship-I sailed her back in April.

Here's the link to the story-
http://www.cruisemates.com/articles/news/#story41

Hope this helps.
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It looks like I'm going to be one of the last to sail on the Destiny out of San Juan.
Thanks for the information
By the way, for those who have done the Destiny from San Juan..how is it ?
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