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in     by Glen F. 09.29.2015
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Seven cruise lines, 28 ships to Choose from This Season

Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise-ship company, sails the Caribbean from south Florida! Seven of the company’s 10 brands will be represented in south Florida this season. Twenty-eight ships operated by Carnival and its subsidiaries will sail from either Port Everglades or PortMiami this winter.

Nineteen of the corporation’s cruise ships will depart from Fort Lauderdale this winter. Another nine ships owned by the company will sail from Miami this season.

Three Carnival brands – Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Lines and Princess Cruises – will carry the bulk of the load in south Florida this season. Cruise ships from the company’s various luxury lines – Seaborne Cruise Lines, Cunard Cruise Lines, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises – also will make appearances in south Florida this winter.

Carnival Corporation cruise lines active in south Florida this winter season include:

Carnival Cruise Lines (8)

Carnival Cruise Lines specializes in shorter, less expensive cruises. Its cruise ships are dubbed “Fun Ships” for the many entertainment alternatives aboard. The company, which operates 24 cruise ships worldwide, is headquartered in Doral, Florida, a Miami suburb.

Seven ships from Carnival Cruise Lines will sail from PortMiami this winter:

  • Carnival Ecstasy (2,634 maximum capacity) will sail three-day trips and four-day trips to Nassau, Bahamas, this season. The four-day trip adds a port visit to Half Moon Cay, Carnival’s private port in Bahamas.
  • Carnival Glory (2,974 max) will alternate weeklong trips to Eastern Caribbean with weeklong voyages to Western Caribbean.
  • Carnival Victory (2,758 max) will alternate five-day cruises to Eastern Caribbean with five-day cruises to Western Caribbean.
  • Carnival Breeze (3,690 max) will alternate eight-day trips to Eastern Caribbean with eight-day sails to Western Caribbean. The ship will also sail a few four-day voyages to Eastern Caribbean.
  • Carnival Splendor (3,006 max) will sail mainly Western Caribbean voyages this season, with a few Eastern Caribbean trips available over the holidays.
  • Carnival Fantasy (2,675 max) arrives in February to will sail three-day and four-day voyages to Bahamas this season.
  • Carnival Sensation (2,634 max) also is slated to arrive in February, when it will specialize in four-day and five-day voyages to Western Caribbean.

One ship from Carnival Cruise Lines will port at Port Everglades this weekend:

  • Carnival Conquest (3,225 max) will alternate between six-day trips to Eastern Caribbean and six-day trips to Western Caribbean this season.

Holland America Line (8)

Holland America Line features weeklong cruises in the Caribbean. The line caters to a more reserved clientele than does Carnival Cruise Lines. Holland America, which operates 15 cruise ships worldwide, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

All eight Holland America ships sailing the Caribbean this season will depart from Port Everglades:

  • ms Eurodam (2,104 max) will alternate weeklong sails to Eastern Caribbean with weeklong trips to Western Caribbean.
  • ms Nieuw Amsterdam (2,106 max) also will alternate weeklong voyages to Eastern Caribbean with weeklong trips to Western Caribbean.
  • ms Zuiderdam (1,916 max) also will alternate weeklong voyages to Eastern Caribbean with weeklong sails to Western Caribbean. The ship also will make a couple runs to the Panama Canal.
  • ms Veendam (1,350 max) will make a couple runs to the Panama Canal before heading to South America in December.
  • ms Westerdam (1,916 max) will specialize in weeklong voyages to Eastern Caribbean this season.
  • ms Maasdam (1,258 max) will offer extended sailings to Eastern Caribbean, lasting between nine days and 17 days.
  • ms Oosterdam (1,916 max) will sail Western Caribbean through March, with trips lasting either 10 days or 11 days.
  • ms Prinsendam (835 max) will sail 10-day and 11-day voyages to Southern Caribbean this season, its last one in Miami. The ship will reposition to Tampa this summer.

Princess Cruises (7)

Princess Cruises was made famous by The Love Boat television series. Its part of Holland America, which operates three west-coast based cruise lines. The company, which operates 18 cruise ships worldwide, is based in Santa Clarita, California.

Six ships operated by Princess Cruises will berth at Port Everglades for the winter season:

  • Emerald Princess (3,060 max) will focus on four-day and five-day trips to Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean this winter. Voyages will expand to a week during the holiday season.
  • Royal Princess (3,600 max) will alternate between voyages to Eastern Caribbean and trips to Western Caribbean. Sailings will last between a week and ten days.
  • Regal Princess (3,600 max) also will alternate longer voyages to Eastern Caribbean with longer trips to Western Caribbean. The ship arrives at Port Everglades in October.
  • Coral Princess (1,970 max) will sail roundtrips to the Panama Canal this season. The ship will also make one voyage to Western Caribbean. The ship arrives at Port Everglades in November.
  • Island Princess (1,970 max) also will sail roundtrip voyages to Panama Canal this season.
  • Pacific Princess (826 max) sails from Port Everglades on an around-the-world cruise in early January. The voyage will last 111 days.

Only one Princess cruise ship will dock at PortMiami this winter:

  • Ocean Princess (680 max) will sail one 14-day Caribbean Connoisseur trip, with stops in Martinique and Antigua, in December. In January, it departs south Florida on a 64-day voyage to South America.

Seabourn Cruise Line (2)

Seabourn Cruise Line is a luxury cruise line that operates smaller vessels. Seabourn focuses on customized personal service aboard ship. The company, which owns six cruise ships, is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Two ships operated by Seabourn will sail from Port Everglades this season:

  • Seabourn Quest (450 max) will sail three trips to the Caribbean in December before leaving on a 97-day journey to Asia. The Caribbean trips will last 12 days each.
  • Seabourn Odyssey (450 max) departs from Port Everglades in October on a 56-day sail to South America and the Antarctic. Highlights include visits to the Amazon River and Drake’s Passage.

Cunard Line (2)

One of the oldest brands owned by Carnival, Cunard Line operates three of the world’s best-known luxury ocean liners. The company is based in Southampton, England. One Cunard ship will dock at Port Everglades this winter:

  • Queen Victoria (2,014 max) visits Port Everglades in late January as part of a 120-day round-the world journey. The voyage begins and ends in Southampton, England.

Though the line’s other two cruise ships will sail the Caribbean from different ports:

  • Queen Mary 2 (2,620 max) will visit the Caribbean from New York this winter season.
  • Queen Elizabeth (2,092 max) will sail a 24-night voyage to the Caribbean this December that departs from and returns to Southampton, England.

Costa Cruises (1)

With 15 cruise ships, Costa Cruises is one of the largest Carnival brands. The company is headquartered in Genoa, Italy. This season, the line will dock a cruise ship in Fort Lauderdale for the first time in five years:

  • Costa Deliziosa (2,828 max) will sail 10-night Caribbean cruises this season, with port visits to a half-dozen nations. It’s the ship’s first time in south Florida.

AIDA Cruises (1)

AIDA Cruises caters to people who speak German. It focuses on appealing to the younger crowd. The company, which operates 10 cruise ships, is based in Rostock, Germany.

One AISA cruise ship will depart from PortMiami this season:

  • AIDA Avita (1,266 max) will sail two different 10-day itineraries this season. One sailing will visit Western Caribbean, while the other visits the Eastern Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

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