Epic itin­er­ar­ies take you around the world

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL - Gene Sloan

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.

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