Carnival Cruise Line just announced their brand new collection of longer cruises and I couldn’t be more excited!! Carnival Journeys are a unique collection of nine to 15 day seagoing adventures that kick off this fall and feature spectacular ports throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Hawaii and Mexico, along with unique shipboard experiences created especially for this one-of-a-kind cruise program.
Can you imagine spending nine to 15 days on an amazing Carnival cruise?! OMG this is seriously the best idea for a vacation EVER!
Carnival Journeys is designed to provide guests with exciting new itinerary choices that will feature less traveled, more exotic ports of call. Carnival Journeys itineraries have been specifically designed for guests who are looking for a longer cruise vacation that will provide the opportunity to visit a wide variety of great destinations and more time to fully enjoy all of the features and facilities available on a selection of the line’s newest and most innovative ships. Carnival Journeys cruises will also include exciting shipboard activities to provide a truly unique Carnival vacation experience.
“We have received a tremendous amount of feedback from our guests and travel agent partners about the importance of consistently offering new Carnival cruise experiences,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president. “Carnival Journeys was created to offer our existing customers even more options while helping us to attract those guests who have not had the opportunity to sail with Carnival and may be enticed by these longer, more exotic itineraries. These new cruises also offer our valued travel agent partners a tremendous new sales opportunity and a great way to earn enhanced commissions based on the longer cruise duration,” she added.
More About Carnival Journeys Itineraries
Carnival Journeys will debut with an 11-day cruise aboard Carnival Dream from New Orleans to San Juan Oct. 4, 2015. The program will run through Nov. 27, 2016, encompassing 28 departures from eight convenient North American homeports including Los Angeles, Galveston, New Orleans, Miami, Port Canaveral, New York, Baltimore and San Juan.
Cruises will operate either round-trip from these home ports or one-way between these ports and San Juan. The itineraries are unique and not available on any other cruise line.
On Carnival Journeys, guests can experience and explore nearly 40 different tropical destinations, including less visited ports like Tobago, Grenada, La Paz, Martinique, Bonaire and Ixtapa, each home to diverse cultures, centuries-old landmarks and historical structures, and unforgettable natural attractions.
Of course, a few of my favorite ports of call are on the itineraries too!
The Carnival Journeys itineraries include Eastern Caribbean ports of call including:
Half Moon Cay, The Bahamas; Grand Turk; Antigua; Martinique; St. Lucia, WI; St Kitts, WI; St. Thomas, USVI; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas is my favorite port of call for relaxing on the beach…I mean, can you think of a single thing that wrong with this picture? It’s HEAVEN.
And Grand Turk? It’s a tropical paradise in every sense of the word. It’s actually my favorite place to book snorkeling excursions!
The Carnival Journeys itineraries include Southern Caribbean ports of call including:
Barbados; Grenada; Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago; St. Lucia, WI; St Kitts, WI; and St. Thomas, USVI.
You guys have probably noticed how much I love Barbados – I’m thrilled that the Barbados port is being included in these amazing itineraries!
And Trinidad and Tobago? I can’t get back fast enough!!
There are many different itineraries available, and ports of call vary depending on the dates and ship you’re sailing on. A detailed listing of all 28 Carnival Journeys sailings is available here. Additional Carnival Journeys sailings will be announced in the near future.
Carnival Journeys participants can also enjoy unique shipboard experiences that will be tailored to each itinerary in the areas of dining, entertainment, team member connections and enrichment, all infused with the line’s spirited brand of fun. These experiences will include:
Authentic Eats: Partnering with local restaurants and chefs, Carnival Journeys participants can enjoy on-board cooking demonstrations where these culinary artists will recreate their signature dishes and traditional cuisines from their country. Participants will also have an opportunity to dine at the chef’s restaurant ashore for a nominal fee and accompany the chef as he or she visits local markets for delectable regional specialties.
“Local”-tainment: From calypso, soca and Goombay to colorful folkloric entertainment, Carnival Journeys participants will get an up close and personal look at their destination through local entertainment performances taking place outside the ship or on board.
Academy of Fun: Through these educational enrichment sessions, Carnival’s shipboard experts will instruct guests in topics ranging from cooking and arts and crafts to digital photography and social media, even celestial navigation. All of these activities will be performed with the fun and entertaining style that only Carnival can provide.
Throwback Sea Day: Carnival will set the “way back machine” to 1987 and recreate a fun day at sea with retro pool and deck games, old school dining options like Baked Alaska and the gala midnight buffet, a white glove Captain’s Celebration, popular movies from that era, a circa 1987 version of the Carnival Capers shipboard newsletter, and more.
Shipboard Team Member Connections: Here, Carnival Journeys participants can learn more about shipboard life through informative question and answer sessions hosted by the ship’s captain, cruise director, hotel director and others, held at different times throughout the voyage and providing an opportunity to engage and interact with the Carnival team in a fun and casual setting. There will also be an unforgettable show performed by the ship’s crew during the voyage.
All Carnival Journeys adventures are currently open for reservations. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com. Additional information on Carnival Journeys sailings, as well as details on the new onboard activities, is available at www.carnival.com/journeys.