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Three Carnival ships reposition for Alaska & Europe seasons

MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line is on the move, repositioning three of its ships to kick off seasons in Alaska and Europe.

Carnival Luminosa departed Brisbane, Australian on April 13 to embark on a three-week sailing to Seattle, arriving May 4, for the upcoming start of its Alaska season. Carnival Pride, meanwhile, departed Tampa on April 13 on its transatlantic cruise to Europe, and Carnival Spirit set sail from Miami to Seattle this past weekend.


Three Carnival ships reposition for Alaska & Europe seasons

Sail Away Party on Carnival Luminosa


After a successful inaugural season in Brisbane, Carnival Luminosa has embarked on a 23-day transpacific sailing, visiting destinations like New Caledonia and Fiji along the way before crossing the International Dateline and heading to Tahiti and Hawaii. It will dock at the Port of Seattle on May 4 for the start of its 2023 Alaska season, marking the first time the ship will be sailing in U.S. waters since joining the fleet in November 2022.

On April 16, Carnival Spirit departed Miami for a 16-day cruise to Seattle, arriving on May 2 just ahead of Carnival Luminosa to begin operating in Alaska. Along the way, guests will stop in destinations such as Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia, Costa Rica and Cabo San Lucas, as well as sail through the Panama Canal. 

From Seattle, Carnival Luminosa and Carnival Spirit will each sail a four-month Alaska schedule, along with their sister ship Carnival Miracle, which departs from San Francisco. The ships will sail a total of 49 Alaskan cruises ranging from 6-14 days, sailing to port favourites like Juneau, Sitka and Skagway and along Tracy Arm Fjord or Endicott Arm Fjord.

After completing the Alaska season, Carnival Luminosa and Carnival Spirit will operate additional Carnival Journeys sailings, with Carnival Luminosa sailing a 30-day transpacific voyage back to Brisbane. Next year, when the ship returns to Seattle for the 2024 Alaska season, it will operate one of Carnival’s longest-ever cruises, a 31-day journey that will depart April 1, 2024 and visit exotic destinations like Guam, Hiroshima and Yokohama, Japan. For more details on Carnival Luminosa’s upcoming sailings click here

Carnival Spirit will conclude its deployment for the Alaska season with a 16-day sailing to New Orleans, again sailing through the Panama Canal before repositioning to its new homeport of Mobile, Alabama on Oct. 6, 2023. Next year, the ship will return for another season in Alaska with a similar voyage that departs April 7, 2024 and cruises through the Panama Canal, with stops in destinations like Cartagena and Costa Rica. For more details on Carnival Spirit’s upcoming sailings click here


Carnival Pride is embarking on a 13-day transatlantic sailing from Porta Tampa Bay to Barcelona, Spain, visiting Ponta Delgada in the Azores as well as Malaga and Valencia, Spain. 

Before beginning its summer season in Europe, Carnival Pride will undergo refurbishments that will include the addition of new Carnival livery. The red, white and blue hull design will pay homage to the patriotic colours of Carnival.

When the ship returns to service on May 28, 2023, guests will be able to enjoy several enhancements including the addition of a Heroes Tribute Bar & Lounge, the fifth bar in the Carnival fleet that salutes the military, as well as an upgraded Cloud 9 Spa and Fitness Center featuring new equipment and a fresh look. The ship’s steakhouse has also been rebranded as Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, spanning two decks, plus a new Carnival Adventures shop and a Dreams Photography Studio have been added. 

Carnival Pride will sail a series of 15 European cruises from May 28, 2023 through Oct. 28, 2023. The upcoming season features various cruise lengths and itineraries with departures from Dover, UK; Barcelona, Spain; and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. Carnival Pride concludes its European season with a 15-day transatlantic voyage back to the U.S. that departs Oct. 28, 2023.

Next year, Carnival Legend will operate 17 European sailings, including two transatlantic sailings departing in the spring from Baltimore to Barcelona, and a 15-day return trip in the fall from Civitavecchia to Tampa. For more information about European sailings open for sale click here

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