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Carnival adds more varied Galveston, San Juan cruises

Carnival adds more varied Galveston, San Juan cruises
Following strong consumer response to Carnival Triumph’s first longer voyages from Galveston and San Juan, Carnival Cruise Lines added three new 10- to 12-day cruises departing in winter 2015 and visiting destinations throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Additionally, Carnival Magic will offer a series of four- to six-day voyages from Galveston in winter 2015, marking the first time the 130,000gt ship has offered a short cruise program from Texas.

'Based on feedback we’ve received from our guests and valued travel agent partners, we are pleased to be able to provide even more itinerary choices from Galveston,' said Carnival president and ceo Gerry Cahill.

Carnival Triumph's newly scheduled voyages include an 11-day southern Caribbean cruise from Galveston to San Juan Feb. 9-20, calling at Grand Cayman, Aruba, Bonaire, Grenada, Dominica and St. Maarten.

A 10-day eastern Caribbean voyage from San Juan to Galveston, Feb. 20 - March 2, visits St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Kitts, St. Croix and Jamaica's Falmouth.

A 12-day 'Journey of Discovery' cruise round-trip from Galveston March 2-14 features Grand Cayman, Limón (Costa Rica), Colón (Panama), and Cartagena and Santa Marta (Colombia). From Colón, passengers will have the opportunity to take an optional excursion for an up-close view of the Panama Canal. Santa Marta is a maiden call.

The three voyages can be combined to create a 33-day cruise visiting 15 ports across two continents.

The three new voyages complement Carnival Triumph’s previously announced series of 10- and 11-day cruises from Galveston and San Juan in 2015 and 2016. Two 11-day cruises sail from Galveston to San Juan Oct. 24, 2015, and Jan. 16, 2016, and two 10-day cruises will operate from San Juan to Galveston Nov. 4, 2015, and Jan. 27, 2016.

While Carnival Triumph is sailing these longer length cruises, Carnival Magic will, for the first time, offer four- to six-day voyages from Galveston in February and March next year.  

Carnival Magic’s short cruise program will encompass two four-day cruises to Cozumel departing Feb. 19 and March 5; two five-day cruises to Cozumel and Progreso, departing Feb. 14 and 23; and two  six-day cruises to Cozumel, Progreso and Costa Maya departing Feb. 8 and March 9.