Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny will launch a unique seven-day cruise program from San Juan featuring extended calls at six tropical destinations – St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Dominica, and St. Thomas/St. John. The new schedule begins March 2, 2008.
Featured on the new itinerary is a day-long stop at St. Kitts, an island paradise offering a landscape of rugged mountains and dense rainforest, which serves as a dramatic backdrop to magnificent beaches that range in color from black to golden. The island also offers excellent examples of West Indian and Creole architecture, as well as centuries-old fortresses and plantations.
At 108 square miles, Antigua is the largest of the Leeward Islands and known for a multitude of beaches, some 365 of them, in fact, or "one for every day of the year." Antigua also features a variety of historical sites including Nelson's Dockyard, the Caribbean's version of Colonial Williamsburg.
Often referred to as the “crown jewel” of the Windward Islands, St. Lucia is distinguished by the Pitons, twin volcanic mountains that overlook a lush landscape of flowers, fruit trees, cane fields, rain forests and white and black sand beaches.
A friendly British isle boasting particularly beautiful aqua-blue waters and white sand beaches, Barbados also offers a diversity of shopping, dining and watersports opportunities.
The largest of the Windward Islands, Dominica is a 289-square-mile island with lush mountains, hot springs and volcanoes, as well as gorgeous white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters teeming with tropical fish.
One of the Caribbean’s most popular islands, St. Thomas boasts excellent duty-free shopping bargains and world-famous beaches. The stop includes an optional shore excursion to St. John, a 20-square-mile island paradise whose Trunk Bay Beach consistently ranks among the world’s best.
“Carnival Destiny’s new seven-day program offers consumers the unmatched opportunity to visit six different Caribbean destinations including rarely visited ports and some of the Caribbean’s most popular islands, each offering unforgettable and unique experiences ashore,” said Vicki Freed, Carnival’s senior vice president of sales and guest services.
A “floating resort” in every sense of the word, the 101,000-ton Carnival Destiny offers an array of dining, entertainment and activity options for guests of all ages. Housed within the vessel’s 13 passenger decks are four dining rooms, including an expansive 1,200-seat poolside eatery featuring a 24-hour pizzeria, along with a 14,500-square-foot health and fitness center and duty-free shopping mall.
The ship also houses 18 lounges and bars, including a sports bar, wine bar, piano bar, and a multi-level theater showcasing lavish revues. Its family friendly amenities include “Camp Carnival” and “Club O2,” with facilities and activities for children and teens, respectively. An Internet café with ship-wide Wi-Fi access and cell phone service are also available.
Carnival Destiny also offers a variety of comfortable and spacious accommodations including a wide selection of balcony staterooms and suites. All feature the exclusive Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.
Carnival Victory will assume the Carnival Destiny’s new six-port Caribbean program when it repositions when it repositions to San Juan in November 2008.
Reservations are currently being accepted for Carnival’s new six-port, seven-day southern Caribbean cruises from San Juan.