Carnival returning to Grand Bahama

Carnival Pride

Carnival Cruise Line will resume regular calls to Grand Bahama beginning Oct. 11, when the Carnival Pride will dock in Freeport.  

The Carnival Elation will follow on Oct. 13 and the Carnival Freedom on Oct. 15.

Carnival Pride departed Baltimore on Oct. 6 on a weeklong cruise with nearly 2,400 guests.  

Between now and the end of the year, Carnival expects to do 39 calls in Freeport, bringing more than 100,000 visitors.

Some 15 shore excursions will be offered, including The All-Inclusive Beach Club; A Select Retreat with Beach and Water Toys; and the VIP Luxury Sail.

Freeport has been recovering from Hurricane Dorian, which hit Grand Bahama on Sept. 1.

Carnival to leave Norfolk in 2014

Carnival to leave Norfolk in 2014

By Tom Stieghorst
The Carnival Glory will be homeported in MiamiCarnival Cruise Lines is shuffling several of its ships in 2014, and one result is that Norfolk, Va., will no longer serve as a cruise ship homeport.

The Carnival Glory will stay in Miami year-round after November. It had been originating cruises in Norfolk in the spring and fall seasons out of a $36 million terminal opened in 2007.

The switch would leave the terminal largely unused by the cruise industry. Glory became the only ship homeported in Norfolk after Royal Caribbean International relocated a ship from Norfolk to Baltimore three years ago.

Carnival’s decision to keep the Glory in Miami also means it will not return to Boston, where it is currently offering a series of voyages through July.

In other deployments, the newly refurbished Carnival Sunshine will only stay in New Orleans for the upcoming winter, rather than year-round. It will move to year-round sailing from Cape Canaveral in April 2014, bumping the Carnival Dream to do seven-day cruises from New Orleans full time.

The Carnival Liberty, currently based in Miami, will shift in April to do year-round five- and eight-day Caribbean cruises from Cape Canaveral, as well.

The Carnival Pride moves from Baltimore to Tampa for seven-day cruises from December 2014 to April 2015, replacing the Carnival Legend, which departs from Tampa for Australia next August.