Carnival shifting bigger ship to PR
The move is part of the cruise industry leader’s strategy to boost its presence in the Southern Caribbean in 2013.
The line announced Thursday that the Valor will start sailing out of San Juan in February 2013 on year-round, seven-night trips to the Southern Caribbean. The Valor will replace the smaller, 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory, USA Today reported.
Carnival said the Valor will sail its first Southern Caribbean cruise on Feb. 10, 2013. The sailings will feature stops in St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.
Puerto Rico’s $245 million cruise industry brings in nearly 1.2 million passengers per year and promotes more than 4,000 direct and indirect jobs on the island.
The Victory will move to Miami to operate year-round, four- and five-night cruises, taking the place of the 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny.
Carnival didn’t reveal its plans for the Carnival Destiny, other than to say the ship would sail a single, 16-night trans-Atlantic voyage from Miami to Civitavecchia, Rome on Feb. 4, 2013.
USA Today said the move has sparked speculation in the industry that Carnival is transferring the Carnival Destiny to sister line Costa Cruises to replace the sunkenCosta Concordia.
Costa and Carnival are both owned by Carnival Corp.