Carnival Splendor leaving New York

Jamman

Carnival Specialist
Community Sponsor
#1
At least for the 2014 / 2015 winter season. On October 24th 2014, the Carnival Splendor will depart New York on her scheduled 8 Day one way cruise to San Juan, Puerto Rico with stops in St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Antigua, and St. Maarten. On November 1st, 2014 she was scheduled to return to New York via the same ports of call, but this cruise has been cancelled, as well as all previously scheduled cruises from New York after this date. Instead, on November 1st, 2014, she will depart San Juan and stop at St. Croix, Martinique, Grenada, and Grand Turk, on her way to her new home port of Miami, Florida where she will then do 7 Day cruises, alternating between the Eastern and Western Caribbean, at least until April 2015. Schedules beyond that have not yet been released.

I for one am not surprised by this move. It is hard to be profitable when fares have to be reduced to the $40. /$50. per day range in order to fill the ship during the winter months. Fuel costs still must be extremely high, even given the reduced itinerary, distance wise, of only going as far south as Florida and the Bahamas. Not the greatest itinerary by any means.

But have faith!! I firmly believe that Carnival will place at least one, maybe two ships back in New York for the 2015 summer season, sailing on their extremely popular itineraries to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay, Nassau, or San Juan, St. Thomas, Grand Turk. I also believe there will be 4 and 5 Day cruises to Canada. The only question is, will the Splendor be coming back, or some other ship(s)? Though I loved the Splendor, I have my fingers crossed for the Carnival Breeze. I can wish, can't I?? :biggrin:

This will also allow Carnival to return to Charleston and Norfolk to do their very popular seasonal cruises from those home ports!!

Well, that's my speculation, we'll just have to wait to see how this all plays out!!
 
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Lurline63

Well-Known Member
#2
I suspect the key reason for the move is that the line doesn't believe it will be ready to comply with clean emissions regulations when they go into effect in late 2014 and early 2015. An emission control area (ECA) will extend 200 miles from the U.S. coast. Basing the ships in Florida will enable Carnival to get out of the ECA much sooner than if the ships sailed from the northeast.
 

Gayle V

Cruiser's Compass Editor
#3
Hi Jamman, Thanks for the info. That November 1 sailing looks wonderful. I've been wanting to do another southern Caribbean route, for awhile now. But eight days is our limit and I really hate the longer flights to San Juan. With this cruise, it would only be a long flight on the way there, the home going one being shorter, from Miami. And somehow, a long outgoing flight is always less onerous than a long trip back home.
 

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