MSC Lirica to Sail From Dubai Including Calls in India

MSC Lirica at Sea
Photo By: MSC Cruises

Forget about the Caribbean, how about a cruise from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates including visits to India? now this sounds like my kinda cruise. MSC Cruises has announced that MSC Lirica will become the second ship in the fleet offering cruises from the UAE. The ship will sail extended itineraries which will start in November 2018.

MSC Lirica United Arab Emirates Deployment

The MSC cruise ship will begin sailing 11 and 14-night itineraries in November 2018. This will be the first time MSC Lirica has sailed from the UAE where the vessel will join MSC Splendida which will offer shorter 7-night cruises during the 2018/19 winter season. The new Liricia cruises will include two overnight stays in Dubai and calls in India. if you book shore excursions early 20% discounts can also be taken advantage of.

Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said:

“This will be our seventh season in the UAE and we have seen strong demand for our quality product offering from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.”

“Our modern ships and distinctive, quality cruise experience are an appealing way for travelers to explore the rich and diverse experiences that the UAE can offer.”

“Introducing India to MSC Cruises’ winter 2018/2019 itineraries demonstrates how our significant investment plan is enabling us to expand our global footprint and establish a presence in a high-potential market, one that we expect to grow considerably over the coming years.”

MSC Lirica Sailing to India

The MSC Cruise ship will sail to India offering new experiences and options in the region. The ship will first call in Abu Dhabi and then on to Muscat before sailing across the Arabian Sea. The first port of call in India will be the thriving Mumbai along with calls in Goa and Mangalore.

Exclusive MSC Sir Bani Yas Resort

On the 11-night itineraries, the vessel will include calls in the exclusive Sir Bani Yas Resort, a stunning island which will be just for MSC guests the days the ship visits. other calls on the itinerary will include The Pearl-Qatar, Khasab, Oman and Manama, Bahrain.

Also Check: All the latest MSC Cruise Deals and Top 10 Price Drops.

Even Longer Grand Adventure Sailings

There will be two repositioning cruises so as expected they will be pretty long with the 17-night voyage getting to Dubai the kick off its new season and then the 20-night sailing heading back to Italy. The 17-night cruise will depart Venice, Italy on November 2, 2018, and end in Dubai UAE on November 19, 2018. The 20-night Grand Voyages cruise will depart Dubai, UAE on March 15, 2019, and arrive back in Venice, Italy on April 4, 2019.

MSC Lirica is currently based in Asia but will spend time out Italy starting in April. The ship will then sail its 17-night voyage to Dubai to kick off its new winter season. The ship is 65,600 gross tons and can carry over 1,900 guests at double occupancy.

The London Cruise Show is Coming, Don’t Miss Out!

London Cruise Show
Photo By: The London Cruise Show

The London Cruise Show is almost upon and just for Cruise Hive readers we have something special for you! One of the biggest cruise industry events of the year will be held in February and for a change, those of your based in the UK can attend for free if you’re fast enough.

The annual show which showcases the best of the cruise industry will take place on February 17 and 18 at the Olympia, London. The show will feature cruise experts, leading cruise lines and experiences where you can learn more about the inspiring cruise destinations on offer. There will be stalls and booths set up all around where you can browse and take everything in. You can also attend an event in any of the three theaters to experience even more from experts and leaders in the industry.

You’re in For a Treat!

For Cruise Hive readers only you have the chance to get free tickets for the two-day event in London. All you need to do is head on over to the London Cruise Show site, click on “Book Tickets” located on the top left then keep following the instructions. You’ll see a Promo Code area and here just type in CRUISEHIVE2018 which will get your free tickets for the exclusive event. There are only 25 pairs of free tickets available so you need to do it right now.

The regular price to attend the London Cruise Show is £6 so still pretty cheap but of course free is always better!

London Cruise Show Expert
Photo By: The London Cruise Show

More About The London Cruise Show

According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), there has been a 65% increase over the past five years. this means we can expect some more cruising catered towards this growing trend. Also, expect to see luxury cruising at its very best during the London Cruise Show. Cruise enthusiasts will be able to be inspired by destinations like Alaska and throughout Europe not just on cruise ships but also river cruising too.

Inspections Haven’t Gone Well for Three Carnival Cruise Ships

Carnival Funnel
Photo By: Russell Otway

Carnival Cruise Line has been in the news again recently for all the wrong reasons. Three of the cruise line’s ships have recently failed USPH inspections and one of the ships is the newest in the fleet. The Carnival ships in question are Carnival Triumph, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista which we’ll detail one by one in this post.

First, let’s just tell you what all these USPH (United States Public Health) inspections are all about. They are conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and take place on cruise ships calling at ports in the U.S. The inspections take place unannounced when the ship is docked at a U.S. port twice a year and many aspects of the vessel are looked at related to sanitation, hygiene, and general public health.

Carnival Vista

This Carnival cruise ship is the newest in the fleet and joined in 2016 so you would expect it to pass inspections. Sadly it didn’t when CDC inspectors went onboard last month announced. The vessel received a score of 79 which is under the pass mark of 85 and meaning there were issues found related to sanitation and other things on the checklist.

In the report by the CDC there were several violations onboard related to medical records and reporting, food preparation and more but what kept coming up is the violation found at the Deck 9 crew hallway and cabin. Found here was “several containers and trolleys of food equipment, utensils, spices, potentially hazardous food items, raw produce, and decorations to a crew cabin hallway and a crew cabin in order to avoid inspection by VSP staff.” Obviously, this wasn’t the crew’s fault but their supervisor or someone higher up.

There was a major effort to hide all of this away from the inspectors, Carnival will no doubt learn from this and make sure procedures are followed correctly so that the Carnival Vista doesn’t fail again in the future.

Carnival Vista is based out PortMiami, Florida and offers Caribbean cruises. The ship is 133,500 gross tons and can carry over 3,900 guests at double occupancy.

Carnival Vista Cruise Ship in Port
Photo By: Russell Otway (For Cruise Hive Only)

Carnival Breeze

This ship also failed USPH inspections which took place on December 10, 2017. Just like Carnival Vista, the CDC released a report on the violations done. The Dream class vessel received a score of 77 which isn’t good at all. Issues found included food waste found overflowing next to food transport areas and a wide range of problems related to food preparation areas.

Carnival Breeze is based out of Galveston, Texas and sailing 7-day Western Caribbean cruises. The ship is 130,000 gross tons and can carry over 3,600 guests at double occupancy.

Carnival Triumph

Carnival Triumph has been in the news a lot recently, just yesterday we posted some great news the Carnival cruise ship will be offering a wide mix of new itineraries including New York in 2019. The bad news is that Carnival triumph also failed recent USPH inspections. The ship received a score of 78 when CDC inspectors arrived unannounced on November 11, 2017.

Violations were found in food preparation areas and the ship’s galley. You can read the report here for all the details. It is important to note that most of the violations weren’t major and many issues were just small mistakes made by hard-working crew members.

Carnival Triumph will undergo a major refurbishment in 2019 so expect the ship to get some much-needed attention with new features and enhancements. The Carnival cruise ship is 101,500 gross tons and can carry over 2,700 guests. The ship is based out of New Orleans offering cruises to Mexico in the Western Caribbean.

Carnival Triumph in Port
Photo By: Russell Otway

Most Carnival Ships Passed

It is important to remember that even though these Carnival ships failed CDC inspections the other 22 vessels passed in 2017. Carnival Elation, Carnival Inspiration, and Carnival Valor all received full scores of 100 which is really impressive. Carnival Pride is the most recent in the fleet to undergo the USPH inspections on January 3, 2018, and the ship got a score of 95.

Carnival Cruise Line Offering Big Savings and Incentives

Carnival Cruise Ship in Caribbean Port
Photo By: Russell Otway

The cruise lines are always having different promotions and sales throughout the year but for Wave Season there is usually something special. Carnival Cruise Line has some impressive sales right now which we want you all to know about so you can save money and take advantage of the rates.

What Sales Does Carnival Cruise Have Right Now?

At the moment Carnival has the Onboard Credit Sale, Early Saver Sale, and the Cozy Winter Sale. Now each sale offers something different and it also depends on the sailings available. You’ll be able to find something for sure but you shouldn’t hang around as they are only running for a limited time.

Let’s take a look at each promotion in detail from Carnival Cruise Line. Readers can also see huge saving on our dedicated Carnival Cruise Deals page where there are price drops and deals on every Carnival cruise ship.

Onboard Credit Sale

Carnival Cruise Line is running the “Onboard Credit Sale” the name pretty much says it all! This deal ends on January 22, 2019, so there isn’t much time. Cruisers can find cruises from $269 per person and $50 of onboard credit. This will be for select sailings through Spring 2018.

Early Saver Sale

This is probably the best promotion Carnival has right now but you’ll have to book early. You can get 50% reduced deposits, free room upgrades and just like the Onboard Credit Sale you get $50 to spend onboard the cruise ship. That’s a lot of ways to make you book and you’ll have to find the right ship and itinerary. This deal is for select sailings through April 2020.

Cozy Winter Sale

We are well into winter and those on the U.S. East Coast know this more than most! This is a pretty basic promotion where cruisers can get good rates starting from $259 per person. This is for select sailing through April 2020 and the offer ends on January 31, 2018.

Also Read: How to Buy a Cruise on Carnival Cruise Line

More Carnival Cruise Sales

if none of the offers above interest you just wait until February or when one of the current sales end. Carnival will launch something new to entice you for that sunny vacation in the Caribbean or even beyond.

Why Choose Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival is the biggest cruise line in the world and if you’re looking for fun then it’s the one to choose. there are other great cruise lines but having a family is perfect as there are tons of things to do onboard a Carnival ship. Carnival is constantly upgrading ships with the latest features and enhancements. In fact, as of writing this, the Carnival Victory is undergoing a major multi-million refurbishment in Freeport, Bahamas and another ship named Carnival Fascination which is Fantasy-class vessel will be upgraded in February.

No matter what we hope you have the chance to take a cruise this year and get to relax and have some fun!

More Cruise Passengers Can Help Hurricane Hit Caribbean Destinations

Princess Cruises and Fathom Travel
Photo By: Princess Cruises and Fathom Travel

Princess Cruises and Fathom Travel are expanding offering for those wanting to not just help in Hurricane hit destinations but also popular cruise islands throughout the Caribbean. Fathom which is owned by Carnival and even though the cruise brand no longer operates a cruise ship it does, however, offer unique hands-on experiences on Carnival owned cruise lines including Princess Cruises.

The first Fathom Travel group experience is being held on Crown Princess which departs its homeport on January 20. These guests in the Fathom experience will get to help locals in Caribbean destinations and make an impact by making a difference. This isn’t like your regular kind of shore excursion. This sailing is sold out thanks to Fathom and now Princess Cruises is adding more sailings so that cruise passengers booked with Fathom can help more islands impacted by Hurricanes which hit in September 2017.

What Cruises Are Being Added?

Due to the record sell out on Crown Princess the cruise line and Fathom are adding two additional sailings. This is so cruisers can help Hurricane hit destination with a hands-on approach. Regal Princess will depart on March 18, 2018, and Caribbean Princess will depart on May 26, 2018, both vessels will be for Fathom departing from Fort Lauderdale.

Tara Russell, Fathom president & Carnival Corporation global impact lead, said:

“I’ve always believed there is an appetite among travelers to combine their passion for adventure with their desire for meaning, purpose and deep connection.”

“Now more than ever, our friends in the Caribbean need us to show up to support kids and families as they return to school and build normalcy in their daily lives. These cruises offer guests a transformative opportunity to make an impact in these communities.”

The Inaugural Crown Princess Fathom Cruise

Those who have booked the Fathom sailing on Crown Princess will make the first sailing for this experience since Fathom was actually a cruise line in 2016 with just one ship. During the January 20 sailing guest in the Fathom group will experience special activites, connection with expert guides, special shore excursions and more. The ship will be calling in Antiqua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Amber Cove on the 8-day itinerary. St. Maarten and St. Thomas was badly impacted by Hurricanes last year and have been rebuilding ever since.

Are You Interested In Fathom?

If you’re interested in the upcoming sailings on Regal Princess and Caribbean Princess head on over to the Fathom site to find out how to join the Fathom group on those ships. You can also keep in touch for future cruises with Fathom experiences.

Big Changes Coming to Carnival Triumph Including New York Cruises

Carnival Triumph in Port
Photo By: Russell Otway

Carnival Cruise Line has now decided what to do with Carnival Triumph, a cruise ship which recently failed USPH inspections and hasn’t had such a good time in the past. The Carnival cruise ship will mark a new era in its service offering a mix of options from multiple ports including New York for the first time.

This will be the first time Carnival has offered mixed itineraries and deployments for one ship like this. They are trying this new approach with the Carnival Triumph and the this brings plenty of new choices for cruisers in the United States and beyond.

Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said:

“We’re delighted to offer this unique schedule on Carnival Triumph which will operate an array of cruise durations and varied itineraries departing from three convenient homeports along the East Coast.”

“With such an array of cruise choices vacationers have the opportunity to enjoy short, valued-packed getaways to tropical destinations to longer length departures visiting spectacular ports of call.”

New Carnival Triumph Itineraries

Let’s get down to the details of Carnival Triumphs new itineraries and schedules which will begin in 2019. The ship will be sailing to popular destinations throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Canada, New England, Bermuda and the Panama Canal. The ship will be based from several ports including those in New York, Fort Lauderdale, and Norfolk.

Carnival Triumph New York Cruises

The Carnival cruise ship will offer 4 – 14-day itineraries from the Big Apple starting from May 2019. The itineraries will be a wide range sailing to Bermuda, Caribbean, Canada and New England along with Panama Canal.

Carnival Triumph will start with five 4-day sailings to Bermuda departing New York on May 23, June 20, July 18, Augst 15 and September 12, 2019.There will also be a 6-day cruise to Bermuda departing on September 16, 2019. With a mixture of options, Carnival isn’t stopping there with even an 8-day cruise departing on June 24 which will also include a call in Grand Turk.

Starting on September 22, 2-19 the vessel will kick off the first of three 7-day cruises from the Big Apple. The other two will depart on September 29 and Oct 6 with calls to New England and Canada.

Carnival Triumph will be providing an option for two different exotic 8-day Caribbean cruises. These sailings will depart on various dates starting on July 2 and the last departing New York on September 4, 2019. Expect popular cruise destinations including Grand Turk, San Juan, Amber Cove, and St. Thomas.

The cream of the crop from Carnival cruise line will be the 10-day and 14-day itineraries from New York. These are both one-time voyages with the 14-day a Carnival Journeys special. The 10-day cruise will depart on June 10, 2019, and sail the Eastern Caribbean, the 14-day voyage will depart on May 27, 2019, and includes a call in Colon so that guests can see the Panama Canal.

Also Read: Tips for 3 Port of New York Cruise Terminals

Carnival Triumph Fort Lauderdale Cruises

Carnival Triumph will also be deployed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a range of short sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas. The ship starts these cruises in April 2019 and then continue again of its New York Deployment in November 2019 through April 2020. The ship offers 4-day cruises from Fort Lauderdale calling in Nassau and Carnival’s private island resort of Half Moon Cay, both in the Bahamas. The 5-day cruise departing on Saturdays will call in Grand Turk, Nassau, and either Half Moon Cay or Princess Cays in the Bahamas. Another 5-day itinerary which departs on Mondays will call in Jamaica and the Cayman islands in the Western Caribbean.

Also Read: Port Everglades Tips for South Florida Cruising

Carnival Triumph Norfolk Cruises

The Norfolk deployment will be more limited than cruises out of New York and Fort Lauderdale but will become a great choice for cruisers in the region. Carnival Triumph will offer 5 and 6-day cruises to the Bahamas and will depart between May 12 to October 20, 2019.

We’re excited about these itineraries for Carnival Triumph, readers can check out the latest ship deals and price drops along with all itineraries coming up.

What Does Carnival Triumph Offer?

The ship isn’t one of the newest but still offers the latest FUN 2.0 features including the hugely popular Guys Burger Joint. Other features onboard include the Alchemy Bar, the poolside RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Cantina Tequila Bar, and the BlueIguana Cantina. The ship will also undergo a major multi-million dollar refurbishment before these new itineraries in 2019. That means to prepare for even further new features and upgrades which will no doubt make Carnival triumph among the best in the fleet.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s North American Deployment to be Bigger Than Ever

Norwegian Escape
Photo By: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has just revealed its cruise ship deployments for the 2019/20 winter cruising season in North America. The cruise lines biggest and newest cruise ship to lead the way out of New York along with major NCL ships sailing from across the United States and beyond.

Some highlights in the North America deployments by Norwegian Cruise Line includes Norwegian Bliss cruising from New York, Norwegian Getaway based out of New Orleans, Norwegian Breakaway offering cruises out of Port Canaveral and Norwegian Epic sailing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We’ll get to the details shortly but first, we must mention that other smaller ships are also offering great option from ports in North America.

Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line said:

“We are delighted to unveil this curated rich mix of our guests’ favorite itineraries with new deployment to exotic destinations that will bring new ships and new experiences to almost all of our homeports.”

“Whether a guest has sailed with us many times in the past or they are a first-time cruiser, there is something new for everyone to experience in 2019 and 2020 aboard a Norwegian cruise.”

Norwegian Bliss Sailing From New York

Norwegian Bliss which will join the NCL fleet in the Summer of 2018 and for the 2019 Winter season the new cruise ship will sail a range of cruises from New York. The third Breakaway Plus class vessel will begin sailing from the Big Apple on November 24, 2019. Norwegian Bliss will offer a total of 18 cruises which will be 7-day and 8-day itineraries to Bahamas and Florida. Port of calls includes Port Canaveral, NCl’s private island of Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau, Bahamas.

The ship will also sail 12-day and 14-day itineraries to the Southern and the Western Caribbean during the Winter season starting on December 1, 2019.

We actually detailed this newly announced deployment of Norwegian Bliss a few days ago.

Norwegian Getaway Sailing From New Orleans

The second Breakaway class ship will be deployed to New Orleans during the 2019/20 winter season. The ship will sail a range of 7, 9 and 9-day cruises starting from November 8, 2019. Norwegian Getaway will sail the Western Caribbean from New Orleans with calls in Costa Maya, Mexico; Harvest Caye, Belize; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica on 9-day voyages. 7-day itineraries will visit Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Harvest Caye, Belize. The longer 12-day cruise will feature calls on Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Roatán, Bay Islands, Honduras; and Harvest Caye, Belize.

Norwegian Epic Sailing From San Juan

This unique NCL cruise ship which is in a class of its own will have a busy winter season offering Southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Norwegian Epic will begin its deployment from December 8 through March 15, 2020. The vessel will sail 7, 10 and 11-day cruises. The 7-day cruise will call in Oranjestad, Aruba; Willemstad, Curacao; Kralendijk, Bonaire; Castries, St. Lucia; and Basseterre and St. Kitts. The longer 10 and 11-day sailings will include calls in Bridgetown, Barbados; St. John’s, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Even More Winter Cruises from Norwegian Cruise Line

Readers can check the official site for even more deployments for the 2019/20 Winter cruising season. Another large ship Norwegian Escape will be returning to Miami for the winter season from November 23, 2019. Norwegian Breakaway will be repositioning from Miami to Port Canaveral with new sailings starting on November 23, 2019.

You read up on the Norwegian Breakaway deployment here.

All the new deployment itineraries will be open for booking for returning NCL guest on January 17, 2018. For everyone else bookings can be made from January 18. 2018. Cruise Hive readers can also check all Norwegian Cruise Line deals and prices at our dedicated Cruise Deals section.

Princess Cruises Offers a Way Out of Those Freezing Temperatures

Princess Cruises Flee the Freeze Sale
Photo By: Princess Cruises

It’s freezing outside for many in the United States and Princess Cruises is coming to the rescue offering a way out where you could be enjoying a nice cocktail on a hot Caribbean island! The cruise line is launching a new promotion called “Flee the Freeze” to take you away on a cruise at lower rates than usual.

Princess Cruises “Flee the Freeze” Sale Details

So let’s get into the real deal here because that’s what you want to know. We know you can’t take those freezing temperatures any longer and need to get some hot weather.

Princess Cruises is offering the best fares of the season for 7-, 8-, 10-, 14-day sailings to the Caribbean this year. The new promotion has already started through January 22, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST, so there isn’t much time to take advantage. The sale includes 32% off cruise prices and $32 of money to spend onboard per passenger.

But wait, there is even more from Princess Cruises. The cruise line is also offering in addition to what we mentioned above the Flee the Freeze sale can be combined with the current Anniversary Sale promotion. The Anniversary sale includes up to $300 of onboard spending money, just think of what you can purchase with all of that!

Also Check: Princess Cruises Top 10 Deals and Price Drops.

Don’t forget to always check the terms and conditions before booking any promotion. Hopefully the next time you read one of our posts you’ll be relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean.

Why Should You Flee the Freeze?

Nobody wants freezing cold temperatures which are even below zero. The United States east coast has been suffering from a whiteout. Snow Storm Grayson recently hit which caused widespread travel disruption, power cuts and more. Norwegian Breakaway was also sailing through this winter storm or nicknamed “Bomb Cyclone” to the anger of many passengers onboard at the time.

The Caribbean will be smooth sailing throughout the voyage and a nice chance to get away from the depressing Winter freeze. Princess Cruises has many ships sailing in the region including some of the newest and largest ships which are Royal and Regal Princess.

Carnival Cruise Line Begins Sailing to St. Maarten Again

Carnival Sunshine Calls in St. Maarten
Photo By: Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line has returned to St. Maarten which is located in the Eastern Caribbean. Cruisers can now enjoy one of the most popular cruise ship destinations in the entire region. Carnival Sunshine was the first in the Carnival fleet to visit the island which marks the return with many more Carnival cruise ships now coming back over the coming weeks.

Carnival Sunshine called in St. Maarten on January 15 and was docked for most of the day. With 3,000 guests onboard the Carnival ship and with the island open back up for cruise tourists there was plenty to do. Passengers were able to enjoy shore excursions, spending time at the stunning beaches and shopping in Philipsburg.

Photos of Carnival Sunshine in St. Maarten

The cruise line posted some breathtaking photos while the ship was docked just across from Philipsburg at the large port which can handle the worlds biggest cruise ships.

Carnival Sunshine is currently on a 13-night Southern Caribbean cruise which also includes calls in two other destinations devastated by Hurricanes in 2017 including St. Thomas and Puerto Rico. Just under a week ago we posted about Carnival Glory being the first Carnival ship returning to St. Thomas, this is a good trend as these once bustling Caribbean cruise ports opens back up for business.

Why Are Cruise Ships Returning to These destinations?

If you’ve been living in a jungle with no internet access for the last year then you may not know that two powerful Hurricanes hit parts of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida in September 2017. Hurricane Maria went through first followed by Hurricane Irma, both were devastating and both were category 5 storms.

Also Read: Popular Cruise Destination of St. Maarten Devastated after Hurricane Irma

Some of the smaller islands were completed wiped out and several Caribbean islands which are popular on cruise ship itineraries were impacted in a major way. St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Maarten and Grand Turk were just a few of the islands devastated. Puerto Rico is still suffering from power issues and supplies but cruise lines have been helping by donating money and delivering much-needed supplies. Carnival Fascination is currently being charted by FEMA to house Hurricane relief workers, the Fantasy class ship will re-join the fleet in February.

Caribbean cruise Destinations Make Comeback

since the Hurricane and thanks to the help from cruise lines, the cruise destinations have been working hard getting service up and running. ow that the clear up is complete and service are able to operate again cruise lines are starting to return. This will be good for the local economies to help re-build even further.

Carnival Sunshine was previously known as Carnival Destiny and has some of the best features in the fleet. we hope everyone who went to St. Maarten enjoyed their time and spent some money! The ship is 102, 800 gross tons and is based out of Port Canaveral, Florida.