Carnival Cruise Line guests on two ships began voyages Thursday (April 13) that will cross both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans as a third ship will begin another Carnival Journeys cruise in the coming days.
Carnival Luminosa departed Brisbane, Australia, Thursday to embark on a sailing spanning more than three weeks to arrive in Seattle on May 4 for the upcoming start of her Alaska season.
And Carnival Pride departed Tampa on her transatlantic cruise to Europe and, this weekend, Carnival Spirit will sail from Miami to Seattle.
Luminosa & Spirit sail to Seattle
After an inaugural season in Brisbane, Australia, Carnival Luminosa is embarking on a 23-day transpacific sailing and will visit destinations along the way, such as New Caledonia and Fiji, before crossing the International Dateline and visiting Tahiti and Hawaii, then docking at the Port of Seattle May 4 for the start of her 2023 Alaska season.
Her arrival in Seattle will mark Carnival Luminosa’s first time sailing in U.S. waters since joining the fleet in November 2022.
“Guests on board Carnival Luminosa have thoroughly enjoyed all the extraordinary experiences of sailing from Australia, visiting pristine beaches and taking in the local culture. Now, our fantastic shipboard crew members have a great opportunity to share this beautiful ship with even more guests for a new series of unforgettable cruises across Alaska,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
On Sunday, Carnival Spirit will depart Miami for a 16-day cruise to Seattle. She’ll arrive just ahead of Carnival Luminosa, on May 2, 2023, to begin operating in Alaska.
Along the way, guests will stop in destinations such as Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and they will also cruise through the Panama Canal.
The ships will sail a total of 49 Alaskan cruises, ranging from six- to fourteen-day sailings to port favorites like Juneau, Sitka, Skagway and the scenic cruising of Tracy Arm Fjord or Endicott Arm Fjord.
After completing the upcoming Alaska season, Luminosa and Spirit will operate additional Carnival Journeys sailings, with Carnival Luminosa sailing a spectacular 30-day transpacific voyage back to Brisbane, Australia.
Next year, when Carnival Luminosa returns to Seattle for the 2024 Alaska season, the ship will operate one of Carnival’s longest-ever cruises.
The 31-day journey will depart April 1, 2024, and visit several exotic destinations, including Guam and Hiroshima and Yokohama, Japan.
For more on Carnival Luminosa’s upcoming sailings, click here.
Spirit will conclude its deployment for Alaska season by embarking on a 16-day sailing to New Orleans, again sailing through the Panama Canal, before repositioning to her new homeport of Mobile, Ala. on Oct. 6, 2023.
Next year, Carnival Spirit will return for Alaska season on a similar voyage that departs April 7, 2024, cruises through the Panama Canal and features stops in destinations such as Cartagena, Colombia and Costa Rica.
For more on Spirit’s upcoming sailings, click here.
Carnival Pride in Europe
Carnival Pride is embarking on a 13-day transatlantic sailing from Port Tampa Bay to Barcelona, Spain. During the sailing, guests will visit Ponta Delgada in the Azores, as well as Malaga and Valencia, Spain.
Before beginning her summer season in Europe, Pride will undergo refurbishments, including the addition of the stunning new Carnival livery – a red, white and blue hull design.
The livery serves as an homage to the patriotic colors that also represent Carnival, which proudly sails as America’s Cruise Line.
Guests sailing Pride when she returns to service May 28, 2023 will experience further enhancements including the addition of a Heroes Tribute Bar & Lounge, the fifth bar in the Carnival fleet which salutes the military.
Guests will also enjoy an upgraded Cloud 9 Spa and Fitness Center, with new equipment, and sporting a fresh look and feel.
The 2,680-guest Carnival Pride will feature enhancements to its steakhouse, which will be rebranded as Fahrenheit 555 Steakhouse, and span two decks. The ship will also be home to a new Carnival Adventures shop and Dreams Photography Studio.
Pride will sail a series of 15 European cruises from May 28, 2023 through Oct. 28, 2023.
The upcoming season features various cruise lengths and itineraries with departures from Dover, UK; Barcelona, Spain; and Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy. Carnival Pride concludes its European season with a 15-day transatlantic voyage back to the U.S. that departs Oct. 28, 2023.
Next year, Carnival Legend will operate 17 European sailings. The ship’s program for 2024 offers a wide range of cruises that feature diverse and spectacular destinations between two transatlantic sailings – with a spring departure cruise from Baltimore, M.D. to Barcelona, Spain and a 15-day return trip in the fall from Civitavecchia to Tampa, Fla.
For more about European sailings open for sale, click here.