Carnival Miracle to sail year-round from the Big Apple

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

On this schedule, Carnival Miracle will offer three uniquely different eight-day itineraries that visit a diversity of islands throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas.

The itineraries include: !!! Eastern Caribbean departures to San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk, offered on a rotating basis April through October; !!! Bahamas sailings featuring stops at the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Nassau, offered on a rotating basis April through October; !!! Bahamas/Florida cruises with port calls to Port Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau and Freeport, offered November through April.

According to Carnival president Gerry Cahill, Carnival has offered seasonal voyages from New York for more than a decade, but the convenience of sailing from the Big Apple on a year-round basis, combined with its unique appeal as a pre- and post-cruise destination, strongly influenced the decision for the new year-round program. 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 2012.