Carnival Adds New Year-Round Ship in Florida

Carnival Cruise Line announced this morning that they are adding Carnival Miracle to their southern Florida fleet, operating seven-day cruises to the Caribbean from Tampa beginning in 2018.  Prior to launching in Tampa, the ship will offer Panama Canal voyages in January 2018, that will visit a variety of ports in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Carnival Miracle to Caribbean

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The year-round schedule in Tampa will begin on January 27, 2018, becoming the second Carnival ship based at the port year-round.  The week-long cruises depart on Saturdays and Sundays, visiting Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Roatan, and Belize.

The voyages from Tampa are part of Carnival’s Cozumel Plus program, which features extended stays on the Mexican island.  On these itineraries, guests have access to a variety of new excursions, many of which take place on Mexico’s mainland.  Tours include swimming with whale sharks, visiting centuries-old ruins, and swimming in hidden caverns – complementing nearly 50 existing tours.

Tampa’s Lineup

The 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle joins the 2,052-passenger Carnival Paradise, which operates four and five-day Caribbean cruises from Tampa.  Carnival is the only year-round cruise line in the city, and together the two ships will offer the widest variety of itineraries available there.

Carnival Splendor will also reposition back to the West Coast in 2018.

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