The inaugural schedule for the newly transformed Carnival Radiance will include 9 to 13-day European voyages, the line’s first to Cuba from New York and Norfolk, VA, 4 to 9-day sailings to the Caribbean and Canada & New England from New York, and a winter season of voyages to the Caribbean and Cuba from Port Canaveral.
Carnival has also revealed details of Carnival Sunrise’s 2020 schedule, including an expanded series of New York to Cuba cruises, as well as 4 to 9-day voyages to the Caribbean from New York and Norfolk.
Following a US$200 million dry dock that will take place in Cadiz, Spain, Carnival Radiance will debut April 29, 2020, with a 10-day Med sailing from Barcelona followed by 9 and 12-day departures visiting top destinations throughout the region, including Italy, France, Croatia, Greece, Malta, and Spain.
The ship will then embark on a 13-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York June 11-24, 2020, positioning the vessel for its inaugural season in the Big Apple.
Once in New York, Carnival Radiance will offer a series of 4 and 6-day Bermuda cruises as well as a 4-day cruise to Saint John, NB, 8-day eastern Caribbean voyages and the line’s first Cuba cruises from New York – 9-day sailings that include a full-day and overnight stay in Havana and 2 Bahamian ports of call. The New York program will conclude with a series of Canada/New England voyages featuring stops in Boston, Portland, Saint John, and Halifax.
The ship will also offer four 5 to 7-day voyages from Norfolk in October and November 2020, including the line’s first Cuba cruises from that port. There will also be a 5-day Bahamas cruise and a 6-day cruise visiting three of the country’s most popular destinations, including Half Moon Cay.
Following the cruises from the Northeast, Carnival Radiance will reposition to Port Canaveral to operate a winter schedule of 6 to 8-day voyages to the Caribbean and Cuba beginning Nov. 8, 2020. The program includes 6-day voyages featuring a day-long visit and overnight call in Havana and 2 Bahamian ports; a 6-day sailing to Grand Turk, Amber Cove in the D.R. and Nassau; and 7 and 8-day Caribbean voyages visiting Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts and Grand Turk.
Meanwhile Carnival Sunrise will offer a series of ‘long weekend’ getaways to Bermuda as well as longer length Caribbean voyages and cruises to Cuba from the Big Apple beginning May 21, 2020.
Carnival Sunrise will also sail from Norfolk in May 2020, offering a pair of 5-day cruises to Nassau and Freeport, along with a 3-port, 6-day voyage featuring Half Moon Cay, Nassau, and Freeport.
The dry docks for both Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Radiance will add a long list of new dining, beverage and entertainment choices, most of which are already featured on Carnival’s revamped ships. Venues include Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse, classic American steakhouse Fahrenheit 555, the Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant and the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub. Carnival Radiance will also feature Big Chicken, a seagoing version of a landside restaurant operated by the line’s Chief Fun Officer, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal.
A new WaterWorks aqua park featuring the new AquaTunnel slide as well as a SportSquare open-air recreation complex with a suspended ropes course will be added. All staterooms will be renovated as well.
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