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Carnival Miracle to offer year-round eight night Caribbean cruises from New York

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Carnival Cruise Lines will launch ayear-round program of eight-day cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas from NewYork beginning in April 2012 – the line’s first year-round sailings from thatport, the company said in a statement.

On this schedule, Carnival Miracle willoffer three uniquely different eight-day itineraries that visit a diversity ofbeautiful islands throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas. The itinerariesinclude:

Eastern Caribbean departures to San Juan,St. Thomas and Grand Turk, offered on a rotating basis April through October.

Bahamas sailings featuring stops at theprivate Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay, Grand Turk and Nassau, offered on arotating basis April through October

Bahamas/Florida cruises with port calls toPort Canaveral (Orlando), Nassau and Freeport, offered November through April

While these Caribbean itineraries areuniquely different, each offers beautiful white-sand beaches, excellentshopping and dining experiences, world-famous landmarks, historical sites andattractions, and myriad sightseeing and shore excursion opportunities,including snorkeling, scuba-diving, and water sports.

These cruises also offer the convenienceand affordability of sailing from New York on a year-round basis. Residentsthroughout the Northeast can simply board the Carnival Miracle in New York andstart their vacation right away.  Thisprogram also represents a tremendous savings in airfare cost for theseconsumers who avoid the inconvenience often associated with air traveltoday. 

In addition to extended visits to sunny,tropical islands, guests on these voyages can experience Carnival Miracle’swide variety of on-board amenities and facilities -- delicious dining choices,captivating entertainment, extensive spa and children’s facilities, andfun-filled top-deck amenities, including the line’s signature TwisterWaterslide.

According to Carnival President and CEOGerry Cahill, Carnival has offered seasonal voyages from New York for more thana decade but the convenience of sailing from the Big Apple on a year-roundbasis, combined with its unique appeal as a pre- and post-cruise destination,strongly influenced the decision for the new year-round program.

“New York is one of the highest-ratedhomeports for ‘Fun Ship’ cruising. Carnival Miracle’s new year-round eight-daydepartures offer consumers the best of both worlds -- a choice of threeattractive year-round Caribbean and Bahamas itinerary options with theopportunity to depart from one of the world’s great cities,” he said.

Carnival warns of deeper Middle East, Japan impact, sees softness in Southern Europe, UK bookings

  • Written by Kari Reinikainen
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Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest cruise shipping group, says events in North Africa and the Far East will have a deeper negative effect on earnings than previously forecast plus adds that bookings in Southern Europe and the UK show softness.

Carnival says the revised impact from the prolonged conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as the earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan, which combined resulted in over 300 deployment changes, will cost the company an additional $0.15 per share for the second half of 2011. In addition, the increases in fuel prices net of currency exchange rates will cost the company approximately $0.05 per share in the second half of the year.

In its March guidance, the company underestimated the full impact of these events on its second half earnings. The March guidance occurred just one week after substantially all the Itinerary changes resulting from these events were announced and only days after the Japanese earthquake.

The company has also experienced softness in bookings for the Southern Europe and UK markets, which will result in reduced revenues costing an additional $0.05 per share for the second half of 2011. "However, the company expects to offset the effect of this $0.05 per share in other cost areas of the business. Revenue performance for the North American brands remains strong and the company continues to expect sequential improvement in the second half of the year," Carnival said

"The company will announce second quarter results and more details of its 2011 full year guidance (updated for current spot prices for fuel and exchange rates) in its regularly scheduled earnings release and conference call to be held on June 21, 2011," the company stated.