New 2,124-Passenger 'Fun Ship' To Offer
Seven-Day 'Exotic' Caribbean Sailings Starting in Fall 2004
Inspiration To Switch to Year-Round
Four- and Five-Day Cruises from Tampa
MIAMI (05/15/03) - Carnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise
operator, will deploy the new 2,124-passenger Carnival Miracle on seven-day
"exotic" Caribbean cruises from the Port of Tampa beginning Nov. 7, 2004.
The 88,500-ton vessel will be the largest cruise ship homeported year-round
Carnival Miracle will replace the Inspiration on this one-of-a-kind
seven-day, four-port Caribbean itinerary, which features Grand Cayman, Costa
Maya, Cozumel and Belize.
Carnival Miracle will bring a new level of cruising to Tampa with a wide
range of innovative features, including indoor and outdoor wrap-around
promenades, an upscale supper club located atop a towering 11-deck-high
atrium, and the largest percentage of balconied staterooms of any
Tampa-based cruise ship, making it the ideal vessel for scenic cruising.
"Carnival Miracle promises to be a spectacular addition to the Carnival
fleet and definitely 'raises the bar' for cruise ships sailing from the Port
of Tampa," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.
Inspiration will shift to year-round four- and five-day cruises from Tampa
beginning in Oct. 2004, continuing this unique and popular program that is
currently operated by the Sensation, which will be repositioned to New
Orleans. On this route, four-day cruises depart Thursdays and visit
Cozumel, while five-day cruises depart Mondays and Saturdays and call at
Grand Cayman and Cozumel.
"These two itineraries offer a broad spectrum of cruise lengths, departure
days and shoreside experiences, all aboard two of the newest, most
amenity-laden ships sailing from Tampa," Dickinson said.
Commented Zelko Kirincich, managing director, Tampa Port Authority,
"It is exciting to see Carnival make yet another commitment to the Tampa Bay
area. In nine years Carnival has expanded its commitment eight times,
continually increasing spending and jobs in our region, and helping make
Tampa one of the fastest growing cruise ports in the nation."
Continued Expansion of Tampa Cruise Market
Including Carnival Miracle's seven-day sailings, combined with the
Inspiration's four- and five-day cruises, Carnival expects to host more than
300,000 guests annually from Tampa - more than a 10-fold increase since the
company's first full year operating from there in 1995. "With its close
proximity to area tourist attractions, convenient location and excellent
infrastructure, Tampa has become one of our most popular and fastest growing
homeports and the new deployment of Carnival Miracle and Inspiration
continues Carnival's rapid and unprecedented expansion from this port," said
Myriad 'Fun Ship' Features
Carnival Miracle and Inspiration offer a variety of dining, activity
and entertainment options to suit any mood or taste. Dining options include
elegant main dining rooms serving traditional, full-service meals and
expansive poolside restaurants offering casual alternatives for breakfast,
lunch and dinner, as well as a 24-hour pizzeria. A sushi bar and 24-hour
stateroom service are also available on both vessels. Carnival Miracle will
also house an upscale reservations-only supper club.
Both ships feature an Internet café, full casino gambling, an
on-board duty-free shopping mall, multiple swimming pools, a Spa Carnival
health and fitness facility, a spiral water slide and a "Camp Carnival"
program with activities for kids ages 2-15. Carnival Miracle and
Inspiration also feature a comprehensive golf program offering professional
instruction aboard ship and during golf excursions.
Special One-Time Voyages
Prior to the launch of its seven-day Caribbean program, Carnival Miracle
will operate a two-day cruise from Tampa departing Friday Nov. 5 and
returning Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, providing the ultimate weekend getaway.
Inspiration will also offer a special one-time six-day Caribbean cruise from
Tampa departing Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, visiting Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and
Pricing and Reservations
Prices for the Carnival Miracle's seven-day sailings from Tampa
begin at $499 per person, while four- and five-day Inspiration cruises begin
at $299 and $379 respectively.
If purchased through Carnival's "Fun Finance Plan (SM)," which
enables consumers to extend their "Fun Ship" cruise payments over 24 monthly
installments, the Carnival Miracle's seven-day cruises begin at $24 per
month, while Inspiration's four- and five-day cruises begin at $14 and $18
per month, respectively.
Actual "Fun Finance Plan" monthly payments and terms may vary according to
the applicant's credit qualifications. Valid for U.S. individual bookings
only. Certain other restrictions apply.
Round-trip air transportation supplements from a variety of North American
gateways and special rates for third and fourth guests sailing in the same
stateroom are also available.
Carnival will begin accepting reservations for the Carnival Miracle and
Inspiration sailings from Tampa on Friday, May 16, 2003.
For additional information and reservations, call 1-800-327-9501
(individual) or 1-800-327-5782 (groups) or visit the line's travel agent
Internet portal at www.bookccl.com .