Select itinerary changes for three Carnival cruise ships

Cruise line Carnival this week announced several itinerary changes for three different ships for voyages departing this year, in 2023 and 2024. This includes changes to the Fun Ship Meetup cruise on board Carnival Sunrise Later this year. Other ships that have changed their routes include Carnival Shard for one cruise in December this year and two cruises for Freedom Carnival in 2023.

Four itinerary changes for Carnival Sunrise

Carnival Cruise Line has announced four itinerary changes for Carnival Sunrise. This includes two cruises in 2022 and two cruises in 2024. The first cruise is the Fun Ship Encounter leaving March 5. The original itinerary would have left Miami on March 5 with the Fun Ship Meetup on March 7 and visited Costa Maya, Belize City and the island of Roatan.

The new itinerary still includes the March 7 Fun Ship Meetup, but Costa Maya has been dropped for Cozumel. The ship will first visit Belize on March 8, then Roatan, Honduras on March 9 and Cozumel, Mexico on March 10.

Photo credit: Carnival Sunrise in New York

The next itinerary change is a cruise to the Bahamas and Grand Turk on October 22. The original route would have sailed from Miami to Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk. For this cruise, Half Moon Cay has been replaced by Princess Cays.

Also Read: Nassau, Bahamas Travel Tips – What You Need To Know

Finally, two cruises in 2024 also saw changes. Cruises on February 1 and March 14, 2024 were scheduled to visit Half Moon Cay and Nassau, but will instead sail to Princess Cays and Nassau. For these two cruises, Half Moon Cay is replaced by Princess Cays.

Two Itinerary Changes for Carnival Freedom

There were two route changes for Freedom Carnival announced by Carnival Cruise Line. Both changes are for next year’s cruises in 2023.

The first cruise is January 8, 2023, in the Eastern Caribbean from Miami, Florida. This trip was to visit Princess Cays, Grand Turk and Puerto Plata. This has now been changed to Half Moon Cay on January 9, Day at Sea, Amber Cove on January 11 and Grand Turk on January 12.

Carnival Freedom cruise ship
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The second cruise to change is an Eastern Caribbean cruise departing from Miami, Florida on February 25, 2023, where the call to Grand Turk on March 3 was changed to a call to Amber Cove.

Minor change for Carnival Radiance

Carnival Shard also saw a change in the itinerary for the December 19 cruise departing from Long Beach, California. The voyage will stop in Ensenada the day after leaving Los Angeles instead of having a day at sea first.

Why is Carnival making these changes?

All changes are pretty standard changes that cruise lines have to implement. These could result from port requirements, such as the maximum number of ships allowed in port in a day. It could also be a case of saving fuel, where changing ports would impact sailing speed and therefore fuel consumption.

Always keep in mind that routes are never guaranteed when booking a cruise. Ports of call can always be canceled by the cruise line, as is the case with these changes from Carnival, or even en route to a destination if the captain and officers deem it necessary to do so.

Carnival Freedom cruise ship

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