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Old June 6th, 2008, 03:56 PM
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Good for Carnival.

They need to move the ships as close to the people as possible.
(I can't even imagine what airfare to Europe will be next year.)

Adding Baltimore year round with the Pride is the first step.

Adding Charleston and Norfolk year round will be next and ships will need to be moved to those ports. (when the Dream moves in Port Canaveral in fall 2009, the Glory or Sensation can move to one of the new ports.)

After they add Charleston and Norfolk, Carnival will have a port of embarkation about every 4-5 hours up the east coast.

Miami/FLL

Port Canaveral

Jacksonville

Charleston

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Baltimore

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They need to move some of the log jam of ships out of Miami and FLL, as fewer and fewer people will be able to afford airfare (and baggage charges etc.) to fly to those most distant ports anymore.
Driving to a closer port is definitely a smarter move.

Good for Carnival to see the writing on the wall.

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my mom just got a call today that her September 30 2009 cruise on Freedom has been cancelled! So now what, they didn't give her anymore info and she is devestated about losing her Europe cruise!

help please
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I hope they add some bigger ships out of New Orleans and Galveston. I'd love to go out of NOLA, but I don't want to do short 3-5 day cruises, I would do a seven day plus!
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Our Cm bloggers cruise is 2/09, and out of Nola, many of us are doing the back to back..5 days + 4 days..check it out.
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my mom just got a call today that her September 30 2009 cruise on Freedom has been cancelled! So now what, they didn't give her anymore info and she is devestated about losing her Europe cruise!

help please
Tell mom to call Carnival and ask about the Liberty that is said to be doing the same route during this time.

Hopefully all won't be lost.

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I hope they add some bigger ships out of New Orleans and Galveston. I'd love to go out of NOLA, but I don't want to do short 3-5 day cruises, I would do a seven day plus!
They don't get much larger than the Conquest herself. Remember, she is in Galveston.
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Yes, move some different larger ships to NOLA!! And - go to different places!!!
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yay she is on liberty now a week earlier. She only got a 50 obc but oh well. The TA fought to keep hte same price, carnival wanted to charge 300 more pp.

thanks everyone!
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Its only right to keep the same price!!! We are on that first 8 nighter cruise out of FLL on her - Nov 22. ;-)
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I'd love to see more ships, and sailings out of Tampa too. The only problem there is that they can't accommodate anything larger than Spirit class because of the Skyway Bridge.

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More ships out of New Orleans, with maybe an 8 day and different ports......otherwise they will never pick up a lot of business. Everyone who lives around here has done the Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel thing WAY TOO MANY TIMES!

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More ships out of New Orleans, with maybe an 8 day and different ports......otherwise they will never pick up a lot of business. Everyone who lives around here has done the Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel thing WAY TOO MANY TIMES!

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Next year the Conquest out of Galveston will do an Eastern Caribbean itinerary to Key West, Freeport and Nassau. 8)
I agree that Jamaica and Grand Cayman gets old. Cozumel can be tiring if one isn't into Mayan ruins. I for one love Mayan stuff.
Maybe someday New Orleans can get 7 day cruises back, this time rotate Western with Eastern itineraries.
Being from nearby Mississippi, that would be a hit here.
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Wow - really? I'm gonna have to find that one to Nassau, Key West and Freeport. Galveston is 4 hrs from where I live - and with airfare - definitely dooable!
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Wow - really? I'm gonna have to find that one to Nassau, Key West and Freeport. Galveston is 4 hrs from where I live - and with airfare - definitely dooable!
Always good to hear that I've said something pleasing. 8)
I saw those Bahamas/Key West intineraries on Carnival's website. The prices seem great as well. $529 double occupancy ( + fuel surcharges, taxes, gratuaties, and so on ) Dates Feb 15 2009, March 15 2009, March 29 2009, May 17 2009, June 14 2009, July 12 2009, Aug 9 2009, Sept. 20 2009, Oct 18 2009, Nov. 15 2009 and Dec 13 2009.
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More ships out of New Orleans, with maybe an 8 day and different ports......otherwise they will never pick up a lot of business. Everyone who lives around here has done the Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Cozumel thing WAY TOO MANY TIMES!

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I agree with your comment. The sailings from Mobile and New Orleans are so limited. We love Cozumel and Costa Maya, but are getting tired of the same old ports and don't want to fly or drive to South Florida or Galveston just to get a different port. I wish we could get an alternate itinerary to the Bahamas or St Thomas/St Marten out of Mobile or New Orleans.
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Good move (or non move) on Carnivals part. Carnivals market is primarily American passengers. IMHO the European market will look to other lines before it looks to CCL. And CCL will still have Europe covered for Americans.
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We are booked for a Transatlantic and Med. cruise on the Liberty in Nov. 2009. We haven't heard anything about it being cancelled. Does anyone know anything about it? We have been thinking about changing it to a different European cruise, and now we may have to.

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