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JUST RELEASED... Exciting NEW SHIP for TEXAS and EUROPE!...
Line's Capacity to Pre-Katrina Levels
MIAMI (July, 2010) – Carnival Cruise Lines’ newest ship, the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic, will operate seven-day
Caribbean cruises from Galveston beginning Nov. 14, 2011, becoming the largest cruise ship based at the port year-
round. Additionally, the 2,758-passenger Carnival Triumph will reposition from New Orleans to Galveston to operate
year-round four- and five-day Caribbean cruises from that port beginning Oct. 6, 2011.
Homeporting the Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph in Galveston represents the largest-ever capacity commitment by
a cruise line to Texas. With these deployments, Carnival expects to carry more than 450,000 guests annually from
Galveston – a 28 percent increase over the current year.
In turn, the 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest and 2,052-passenger Carnival Ecstasy, both of which are currently based
in Galveston, will reposition to New Orleans to operate year-round departures from that port, returning the line to pre-
Katrina capacity levels there. With Carnival Conquest and Carnival Ecstasy, the line is expected to carry nearly 340,000
passengers annually from New Orleans – the most of any cruise operator.
“Deploying the new Carnival Magic to Galveston and increasing capacity on our popular short cruise program with the
Carnival Triumph is a clear indication of the tremendous appeal and growth of this key homeport, which consistently
earns high marks from our guests,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO. “At the same time, we are very pleased
to return to pre-Katrina capacity levels in New Orleans with the Carnival Conquest and Carnival Ecstasy – a wonderfully
positive indicator of the city’s continued growth and recovery,” he added.
Carnival Magic, Carnival Triumph from Galveston...
Carnival Magic, which is slated to debut in Europe in May 2011 with a host of innovative facilities and features, will offer
two different week-long itineraries from Galveston, including seven-day western Caribbean voyages to Montego Bay,
Grand Cayman and Cozumel, and week-long eastern Caribbean cruises to Nassau, Freeport, and Key West.
Carnival Magic will offer many exciting amenities including a spectacular water park, an exclusive adults-only retreat, a
wrap-around promenade with whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides, and expansive spa and children’s
facilities. Also featured will be a variety of stateroom choices, including deluxe ocean view accommodations with two
bathrooms, some of which feature five berths and hold particular appeal for families; cove balcony cabins located closer to
the water line; and spa staterooms that provide special access and benefits. A number of new innovations are scheduled
to be announced in the near future.
Prior to launching year-round Caribbean service from Galveston, Carnival Magic will operate a series of seven-, nine- and
12-day Mediterranean voyages from Barcelona May 1 to Oct. 16, 2011; followed by a 16-day trans-Atlantic crossing from
Barcelona to Galveston departing Oct. 28, 2011.
Also being deployed to Galveston is the Carnival Triumph which will operate year-round four- and five-day western
Caribbean cruises beginning Oct. 6, 2011, becoming the newest and largest ship to operate a year-round short cruise
program from that port. Four-day cruises depart Thursdays to Cozumel, while five-day voyages depart Mondays and
Saturdays and visit Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico. Carnival Triumph offers many guest-pleasing features and amenities,
including nearly 500 balcony staterooms which are very popular among consumers and typically not available on short
Expanded Capacity from New Orleans...
Carnival Conquest will reposition to New Orleans for year-round seven-day Caribbean cruises beginning Nov. 13, 2011.
The ship will offer three different week-long Caribbean options from New Orleans: a new western Caribbean program
featuring Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, an eastern Caribbean itinerary to Key West, Freeport and Nassau,
and exotic western Caribbean cruises to Belize, Roatan and Cozumel.
Carnival Ecstasy will operate year-round four- and five-day western Caribbean voyages from New Orleans beginning
Sept. 22, 2011. The ship underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation last year that added an expansive water park,
tropical-style main pool area, adults-only retreat and 98 balconies to existing staterooms. On the Carnival Ecstasy’s new
itinerary, four-day cruises departing Thursdays visit Cozumel, while five-day cruises departing Mondays and Saturdays call
at Cozumel and Progreso, Mexico.