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Carnival moves forward Breeze to Galveston, Magic to Canaveral plan

Carnival said the changes give new summer cruise options
Carnival Breeze will reposition to Galveston in May 2016 and Carnival Magic to Port Canaveral in April 2016—both several months earlier than previously announced and giving new choices for summer vacations.

Carnival Breeze will assume Carnival Magic’s year-round schedule of week-long cruises from Galveston beginning May 8, 2016. At Port Canaveral Carnival Magic will take over Carnival Valor’s current seven-day cruise program April 23, 2016.  

Carnival Splendor will assume Carnival Breeze’s six- and eight-day Caribbean schedule from Miami May 1, 2016.

Carnival Valor will offer a new series of five- and eight-day departures from Port Canaveral beginning June 4, 2016, instead of October 2016, as previously announced.

'Galveston and Port Canaveral are two important markets for Fun Ship cruising and these deployment changes provide our guests and travel agent partners with exciting new options featuring a variety of on-board innovations and visiting top destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Bahamas and Florida,' Carnival president Christine Duffy said.

Carnival Breeze, the line's newest ship, will kick off its Galveston program May 8, 2016, departing every Sunday on three different itineraries. Western Caribbean cruises call at Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, or Belize, Roatán's Mahogany Bay and Cozumel, and a Bahamas/Florida route stops at Nassau, Freeport and Key West.

Carnival Breeze originally was scheduled to reposition to Galveston in December 2016.

On its new Port Canaveral schedule, Carnival Magic will offer two different week-long itineraries. A western Caribbean route features Cozumel, Belize, Roatán's Mahogany Bay and Costa Maya, and an eastern Caribbean option calls at St. Thomas, San Juan, Grand Turk and Nassau or Amber Cove. A special three-day cruise to Nassau will sail April 20.

Carnival Magic’s previously announced schedule from Port Canaveral was scheduled to begin in December 2016.

From Miami, Carnival Splendor will launch six- and eight-day cruises May 1, 2016, departing alternating Saturdays and Sundays.

The schedule, which runs through December 2016, includes eight-day southern Caribbean cruises featuring Grand Turk, La Romana (Dominican Republic), Curaçao and Aruba, along with eight-day eastern Caribbean departures visiting Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. Carnival Splendor will also offer a three-port, six-day option calling at Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Ocho Rios. 

Carnival Splendor will offer a nine-day Carnival Journeys cruise round-trip from Miami on May 26, 2016, with an overnight at King’s Wharf, Bermuda, and visits to Amber Cove (Dominican Republic) and Grand Turk. A number of special on-board activities and programming are planned, as well. 

Carnival Valor's new Port Canaveral short cruise schedule begins in May 2016 before year-round five- and eight-day departures start in June.

Three- to five-day sailings will take place throughout May and visit such ports as Grand Turk, Nassau, Freeport and Amber Cove. The ship will also offer a one-time six-day cruise on May 15 and featuring Nassau, Amber Cove and Grand Turk.

Carnival Valor’s year-round five- to eight-day voyages then begin June 4. Five-day cruises will visit Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Freeport. Eight-day eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Kitts and St. Maarten, while eight-day southern Caribbean sailings will include Curaçao or Bonaire, Aruba and Grand Turk.

Carnival Valor is currently based in Port Canaveral and scheduled to undergo an extensive drydock in spring 2016 that will add a variety of Fun Ship 2.0 features.