Beginning this February 2016, the Space Coast will be greeted by two new opportunities for adventure and economic growth with the arrival of two new and improved Carnival Cruise ships at Port Canaveral.

Replacing the Carnival Sensation, the Carnival Victory offers more variety when it comes to features and amenities. There are four swimming pools, 18 lounges and bars and a 214-foot long water slide for thrill seekers on board. The ship also includes more than 500 balcony staterooms, ideal for the relaxation and gorgeous views that guests look forward to. In this case, bigger does mean better.

Carnival Victory is ideal for those looking for a short-term tropical getaway. Starting February 25, 2016 Victory’s schedule will consist of three and four day cruises departing Port Canaveral to the beautiful Bahamas. Three-day cruises visit Nassau and depart on Thursdays while four-day cruises call at both Nassau and Freeport and depart on Sundays. Guests can sit back on pristine, white sand beaches, enjoy fresh seafood such as conch (a staple food to the area), and do just as fun activities off-board as on, such as snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking and much more. 

The second ship to join Port Canaveral is Carnival Magic. Although it arrives in December 2016, it may well be worth the wait if you are looking to enjoy some of the more fun and action packed features. SportSquare, an outdoor recreation area with a suspended ropes course, allows passengers to get a gorgeous 150-foot view down the blue sea. On board, guests can enjoy the WaterWorks Aqua Park complete with a 312-foot twister water slide, a PowerDrencher tipping bucket holding 300 gallons of water and a funnel style DrainPipe slide. Magic is also featuring a family style Italian restaurant, Cucina del Capitano, and the RedFrog Pub watering hole sets guests in the Caribbean mood for the journey they are about to embark.

Carnival Magic will initially celebrate its new arrival to Central Florida with a special eight-day cruise featuring St. Thomas, San Juan, Amber Cove and Grand Turk, departing Port Canaveral on December 9, 2016. After that, Magic’s itinerary will regularly schedule two, seven day Caribbean ventures, something new for the port and no doubt exciting for the guests looking to have a longer cruise vacation. The two routes offer separate options, so guests can choose between the western and eastern Caribbean itineraries. 

The addition of these two Carnival ships, and their new and unique itineraries at Port Canaveral means great potential for the Central Florida market to flourish.

Both ships itineraries are currently available for reservations. 

This article appears in the November 2015 issue of SpaceCoast Living.
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