New Carnival cruise ship departing New York replaces Magic


Carnival Cruise Line has opened reservations for its new cruise ship, Venice Carnival. The cruise ship will join the Carnival fleet next year. Her first cruise will be a transatlantic cruise departing from Barcelona on May 29, 2023, from New York on June 15, 2023.

Costa Venezia will be renamed Venice Carnival in the next six months and offer ten different cruise durations, 22 unique itineraries and visit 26 ports in 14 countries. The ship is part of the cruise line’s newest initiative, “Italian Carnival Fun», and it will replace the popular Carnival Magic.

Carnival Venezia cruises are now open for booking

Carnival Cruise Line announced earlier today, Nov. 14, the 2018-built Vista-class cruise ship Venice Carnival is now open for reservations. Officially joining the Carnival Cruise Line in May next year, Carnival Venezia will be transformed into a drydock in the coming months. The ship currently operates for Costa Cruises.

After her maiden transatlantic voyage for Carnival Cruise Line on May 29, Venice Carnival will sail year-round from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal in New York City beginning June 15. Passengers will have the choice of ten different cruise durations and 22 itineraries offering visits to 26 ports in 14 countries.

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“Our New York summer season has been extremely popular, so increasing our offerings with a larger, newer ship that sails year-round provides the opportunity for more guests in the Tri-State Area and beyond. beyond enjoying the convenience of navigating directly from Manhattan.”, said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Carnival Venezia will bring guests our signature entertainment, combined with an Italian theme, to beautiful destinations from the Bahamas and the Caribbean to Bermuda and Canada.”

During its first summer season, Venice Carnival will operate four-, five-, six- and eight-day sailings to the Caribbean, Bermuda and ports in Canada and New England, including Halifax and Saint John.

From September 29, 2023, Venice Carnival will begin its winter itineraries, operating eight- to 12-day cruises to destinations in the Eastern and Southern Caribbean and the Bahamas. Ports of call include St. Thomas, San Juan, Aruba and Carnival’s private destinations: Half Moon Cay, Princess Cays, Amber Cove and Grand Turk.

Venice Carnival take over from Carnival Magic

Venice Carnival will resume the routes planned for Carnival Magic once she joins the fleet next year, which will impact passengers booked on board the Carnival Magic. Carnival Cruise Line has sent a message to customers who have booked cruises departing from New York to let them know that their cruise will be moved to Venice Carnival In place.

New York Carnival Magic
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“We want to provide you with an update on your cruise. Carnival Venezia will join the Carnival fleet and now operate our sailings from New York, including your cruise. We know you will appreciate the warm and friendly service from our Carnival Venezia team and the variety of entertainment and activities that we have planned for you.

Carnival Cruise Line will automatically relocate all bookings made through November 21, 2022. Once the cruise line completes the relocation, passengers will receive confirmation of the new ship and stateroom assignment. Passengers will be assigned a comparable cabin, and any onboard credit on the booking will also be reflected on the new onboard booking. Venice Carnival.

All pre-purchased items, such as Carnival Vacation Protection, gratuities, beverage and Wi-Fi packages, and Fun Shop items, will also automatically transfer over.

Italian Carnival Fun

The Vista class, 135,000 gross tons Venice Carnival was specially built by Costa Cruises for trips to China and set sail for the first time in China in 2019. However, with the global pause in operations and the continued China cruise ban, Costa has considerable overcapacity.

To combat this problem, parent company Carnival Corporation announced a few months ago that three Costa Cruises ships would be transferred to Carnival Cruise Line.

Costa Venezia Atrium
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The first one, Luminous Carnival (formerly Costa Luminosa), from Brisbane, Australia, in November 2022. She is a dedicated Carnival Fun Ship, with certain features that remind guests of her past. However, Carnival Venezia will be part of a program called “Carnival Fun Italian Style”.

Venice Carnival (ex-Costa Venezia), will be rebranded in the coming months and will host many activities and experiences on board other Carnival ships, including Carnival Waterworks, Piano Bar 88, Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi, Seafood Shack, Cloud 9 Salon & Spa and Serenity Adult-Only Retreat.

In 2024, Carnival Cruise Line will welcome a second ship “Carnival Fun Italian Style” when Florence Carnival join the fleetplanned to sail year-round from Long Beach, California.

Carnival Magic cruise ship

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