MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line is calling Galveston home these days, with four ships set to homeport in the Texan city year round, beginning in 2021.
According to the line, Carnival Radiance will join the Galveston-based fleet in May 2021. Plus, Carnival Breeze will return to Galveston from Port Canaveral, becoming the newest and largest ship to operate a short cruise program from there. Carnival Dream, meanwhile, will shift to six- and eight-day Caribbean voyages while Carnival Vista will continue its popular week-long Caribbean cruises.
“Carnival is already the most popular cruise line from Galveston attracting vacationers from all across the Southwest and beyond. With these enhancements, we’re providing our guests with more voyages, more destinations and more choices from Texas than ever before,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
All Galveston-based ships and itineraries are open for sale. With these four ships, Carnival Cruise Line will carry and estimated 900,000 guests annually from Galveston – more than any other cruise operator – on 235 five- to 14-day sailings a year.
Carnival Radians will launch a new schedule of five- to 14-day voyages from Galveston beginning on May 14, 2021. It will undergo an extensive, 38-day bow-to-stern US$200 million renovation next year that will see the addition of new food and beverage outlets, including Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse by Guy Fieri, Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant, Bonsai Sushi, the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub plus the first Big Chicken restaurant by Shaquille O’Neal.
The ship will then reposition to Galveston with a 12-day Carnival Journeys Panama Cruise departing Port Canaveral May 2 and arriving in Galveston on May 14, 2021.
Carnival Breeze will become the newest and largest ship to operate a short cruise itinerary from Galveston when it kicks off year-round, four- and five-day cruises on May 5, 2021. These include four-day ‘weekend cruises’ departing Thursdays and visiting Cozumel, and five-day voyages departing Mondays and Saturdays with stops at Cozumel and either Progreso or Costa Maya.
Carnival Dream will shift to a new six- and eight-day cruise schedule from Galveston beginning May 8, 2021. These include six-day cruises to Costa Maya, Cozumel and Belize or Mahogany Bay, and eight-day cruises to Key West, Freeport, Half Moon Cay and Nassau,
Carnival Vista will continue its popular week-long cruise program from Galveston with two different three-port, seven-day western Caribbean options, with stops at: Mahogany Bay, Belize and Cozumel; and Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Ocho Rios or Montego Bay.