Carnival to Offer Year-Round Cruises From NYC Starting in April

Carnival Cruise Lines will launch a year-round program of eight-day cruises to the Caribbean and the Bahamas from New York beginning in April 2012 – the line’s first year round sailings from that port.

Carnival Miracle will offer three eight-day itineraries. The Eastern Caribbean itineraries will visit San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk, and will be offered on a rotating basis April through October.

The Bahamas sailings-featuring stops at Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk, and Nassau will be offered on a rotating basis April through October. The Bahamas/Florida cruises, offered November through April, will call at Port Canaveral, Nassau and Freeport.

Carnival Miracle will operate its current eight-day Caribbean program from New York through October. The ship will then reposition to Fort Lauderdale for a series of eight-day Caribbean voyages before heading back to New York to begin its year-round deployment in April. Reservations are currently being accepted for the new year-round program.

Carnival, HAL, Princess Modify Shipboard Smoking Policies Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America and Princess Cruises are modifying their smoking policies. Carnival’s policy will be rolled out in tow stages. Effective June 15, cigarette smoking in public venues will only be permitted in Carnival’s dance clubs as well as in designated areas within the casino and casino bar. Smoking will be permitted in designated exterior open deck areas of all ships.
Effective December 1, smoking will be prohibited in all guest staterooms. Guests in a balcony cabin will be permitted to smoke outside on the balcony. Spa staterooms, currently featured on ships will continue to remain entirely smoke-free, including all balconies.

These changes will be implemented aboard all 23 Carnival ships.

Holland America Line will change its shipboard smoking policy starting with sailings departing on or after Jan. 15, 2012. The new smoking policy prohibits smoking in staterooms. There will continue to be designated smoking areas both inside an on outside decks, as well as balcony cabins.

Meanwhile, Princess Cruises has announced that smoking will no longer be allowed in passenger staterooms or on balconies, effective on all sailings departing after Jan. 15, 2012.

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