Carnival Splendor, a four-year-old, 3,006-passenger ship, will be redeployed in spring 2013 to New York City, where it will sail year-round Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida cruises. The Splendor had sailed year-round itineraries from Long Beach-to-Mexico since 2009. The Splendor will be upgraded with Fun Ship 2.0 amenities in a Q4 2012 dry dock.
For more information on Fun Ship 2.0, see: Introducing Fun Ship 2.0
Beginning March 23, 2013, Carnival Splendor will launch a year-round schedule of eight-day Caribbean cruises from New York with three uniquely different itineraries that showcase the brilliant diversity of destinations throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida.
The "losers" in this redeployment appear to be those passengers hoping to go to the Mexican Riviera and other parts west from their own backyard port in Long Beach, CA.
All the major cruise lines have been gradually redeploying their ships from the West Coast market, citing increased violence and drug-related incidents in Mexico.
While on the surface that seems to make sense, given news reports, one has to wonder if that were really the case, would there be any ships sailing there at all. So, the real truth is that the cruise lines just aren't making the amount of money they'd hope for in that market.
Carnival Miracle, an eight-year-old, 2,124-passenger ship, will move from the Big Apple to the West Coast in Spring 2013. The Miracle will sail a seasonal Mexican Riviera itinerary along with Alaska and Hawaii itineraries which had currently been offered on Carnival Spirit. Carnival Miracle recently underwent its facelift with the addition of the adults-only Serenity and other enhancements.