Epic itineraries take you around the world
Cruise lines are constantly tweaking their schedules. Sometimes it’s just the addition of a single port to a long-established itinerary. Other times it’s the rollout of an all-new route.
Here, some of the more notable itinerary announcements.
Carnival plans its longest sailing ever …
Carnival Cruise Line in 2019 will offer a 24-day sailing from Long Beach to Singapore — its longest single departure.
Kicking off Oct. 5, 2019, the voyage on the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor will include calls in Guam, Vietnam and Malaysia — all firsts for a Carnival sailing from North America.
The trip also will feature extended port calls at Maui and Honolulu. Another highlight will be a westward passing of the International Date Line, resulting in the date being turned back by a day.
... and Cuba cruises from Charleston
Carnival in 2019 also will become the first cruise line to offer cruises to Cuba from Charleston, S.C.
Carnival says the 3,002-passenger Carnival Sunshine will launch the sailings Nov. 21, 2019 with a four-day voyage. The ship then will operate eight five-day trips from Charleston to Cuba departing between Jan. 6 and April 27, 2020. The four-day sailing will feature a call at Havana. The five-day voyage will add a visit to Freeport in The Bahamas.
At 102,853 tons, Sunshine will be the biggest cruise ship to call in Havana.
Carnival also recently announced nine new Cuba sailings for 2019 out of Fort Lauderdale on the Carnival Triumph and one Cuba trip out of Tampa on the Carnival Paradise. Also announced were four Cuba sailings out of Miami on the Carnival Victory and Carnival Sensation.
Viking plans longest world cruise
Fast-growing Viking will operate an around-the-world sailing in 2019 that lasts 245 days — a record for a continuous world voyage, according the line.
Starting in London on Aug. 31, 2019, the trip will take place on the 930-passenger Viking Sun and include stops at 113 ports in 59 countries. The ship will visit every continent except Antarctica.
Sun will follow a westerly route, starting with a trans-Atlantic crossing that includes stops in Iceland, Greenland and Canada. From there, Sun will visit ports along the East Coast of the USA and in Bermuda and the Caribbean before traveling around South America.
From there, Sun will head up the west coast of Central America and the USA before crossing the Pacific to French Polynesia, New Zealand and Australia. From Australia, the ship will proceed to Asia for stops in more than half a dozen countries before heading through the Suez Canal. Final calls will be along the west coasts of Spain and Portugal.
Fares for the Ultimate World Cruise start at $92,990 per person. Customers who book by Dec. 31 will receive a $4,000 credit toward shore excursions and land programs as well as a $2,000 credit toward on-board spending.
Princess to send ship around South America …
Princess Cruises is planning another circumnavigation of South America for 2020.
The 58-day voyage on the 2,200-passenger Island Princess will begin Jan. 9, 2020 and include more than a dozen stops in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and French Guiana.
The trip also will feature stops at Puntarenas, Costa Rica and the islands of Trinidad, Barbados and Antigua.
After an initial stop in Cartagena, Colombia, Island Princess will head through the Panama Canal to circle around South America. A diversion westward to Easter Island is planned.
After rounding Cape Horn, Island Princess will head to the Falkland Islands before continuing north to Puerto Madryn and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Fares for the voyage start at $8,999 per person, based on double occupancy.
… and deploy new ship to Caribbean
Princess has revealed where its next new ship will spend its first winter: The Caribbean. Debuting in 2019, the 143,700-ton Sky Princess will operate seven-night voyages out of Fort Lauderdale starting in December of that year.
Princess also revealed that Sky Princess would feature Sky Suites that can accommodate up to five people — a first for the line.
New Caribbean sailings will kick off with a three-day, round-trip cruise out of Fort Lauderdale departing Dec. 4, 2019. The vessel then sails on alternating seven-day Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries round-trip from Fort Lauderdale from Dec. 7, 2019 through April 4, 2020.
Carnival Splendor Carnival Splendor will cruise from Long Beach to Singapore.
Viking Sun will hit 113 ports in 59 countries.