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Dave 09-17-2009 10:08 AM

My twitters are telling me Carnival plans a major announcement at 2pm eastern today. Stay tuned...

Dave 09-17-2009 10:19 AM

They are early....

Carnival Fantasy will sail year-around from Charleston starting in May 2010!

No word on Mobile!

Dave 09-17-2009 10:22 AM

Apparently John Heald jumped the PR staff and posted the news on his blog.

The Carnival Elation will move to Mobile to replace the Fantasy.

penny3333 09-17-2009 10:26 AM

That's great news. Will it be Charleston to Bermuda or to the Bahamas? I sure hope they'll keep Mobile, but would like them to change up the itinerary once in a while. Or maybe 2 ships in Mobile, one could do Mexico and the other could do Key West or Belize and Grand Cayman. I'll bet Dwayne's dancing in the streets!

Dave 09-17-2009 10:35 AM

No Bermuda. Charleston will have 5,6, and 7 night cruises to Nassau, Freeport, Key West, Grand Turk, and the private island...these varied depending on the cruise length.

Carnival appears ready to standardize the 7 night cruises from Mobile to, in addition to the usual 4 and 5 night versions.

I am looking for a cleared copy of the PR so I can post it.

Dave 09-17-2009 10:51 AM

This is good for us too. The drive to Charleston from Athens is only about 9 hours.

Dave 09-17-2009 10:56 AM

I guess this means we have a new option for an informal group cruise?

Dwayne 09-17-2009 10:57 AM


I had a hunch what it might be, but didn't want to jump the gun. I'm always afraid I'll jinx it. I am absolutely THRILLED with this on so many levels. I have campaigned for this for years now.

Yes, Penny, I am DANCING!!

Finally! Finally! Finally!


Jim C. 09-17-2009 11:02 AM

I knew when I read that announcement it would make you a happy man Dwayne. Now you can cruise without the additional airfare. Good for you! I was hoping that the announcement was that the Magic would home port in Galveston.. but I knew that was dreaming..

Dave 09-17-2009 11:12 AM

Read the Press Release HERE

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