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Carnival Cruise Lines Announces New Ship Deployments

Carnival Cruises will switch the homeport deployments of its 2,124-passenger SuperLiners Carnival Legend and Carnival Miracle beginning in spring 07.

Carnivals ship the Legend, which currently sails from New York and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., will be deployed to Tampa to operate year-round seven-day western Caribbean voyages departing Sundays from that port beginning April 15, 2007.

Currently based in Tampa, Carnival Miracle will be relocated to New York and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to operate eight-day Caribbean cruises from those ports beginning April 25, 2007.

“Carnival is seeking ways to keep our product fresh for our guests. By deploying Carnival Legend to Tampa and Carnival Miracle to New York and Fort Lauderdale, we’re these markets with exciting new ‘Fun Ship’ vacation choices aboard two of the industry’s most sophisticated and technically advanced vessels,” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

He added that moving the homeports for Carnival Miracle and Carnival Legend provides repeat guests sailing from Tampa, New York and Fort Lauderdale an opportunity to experience the unique interior designs and entertainment options available on these vessels.

Carnival Legend to Tampa

Carnival Legend’s new seven-day schedule from Tampa begins April 15, 2007, and includes extended calls at four magnificent Caribbean ports – Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Costa Maya, each offering excellent beaches and interesting historical sites and attractions.

Before the start-up of its new seven-day itinerary, Carnival Legend will operate a special one-time four-day eastern Caribbean cruise from Fort Lauderdale departing Monday, April 9, 2007, and visiting Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos Islands; and Nassau, The Bahamas.

Carnival Legend will operate from Fort Lauderdale through the departure of April 1, 2007, before redeploying to Tampa.

Carnival Miracle’s Summer Schedule from New York

Carnival Miracle’s eight-day Caribbean schedule from New York begins April 25, 2007, and includes three different tropical destinations – San Juan, St. Thomas/St. John, and Tortola/Virgin Gorda – renowned for their spectacular beaches, outstanding restaurants and shops, and excellent duty-free bargains.

Prior to the start-up of this program, Carnival Miracle will sail on a six-day cruise from New York to King’s Wharf, Bermuda; and Newport, R.I., departing April 19, 2007, as well as a two-day cruise departing October 18, 2007 (both voyages were originally scheduled to be operated by Carnival Legend).

Carnival Miracle will operate from the port of Tampa through the departure of April 1, 2007, after which the ship will undergo an 11-day dry dock before re-deploying to New York.

Carnival Miracle’s Winter Season in Fort Lauderdale

Following its eight-day cruise program from New York, Carnival Miracle will reposition to Fort Lauderdale for alternating eight-day “exotic” southern and “exotic” western Caribbean cruises beginning October 22, 2007.

On this route, southern Caribbean cruises include St. Maarten, St. Lucia, and St. Kitts -- three tropical islands offering a lush landscape and magnificent beaches, along with myriad watersports and shopping and dining opportunities.

This route features Colon, Panama; Limon, Costa Rica; and Belize City, Belize, offering guests a diversity of landside experiences, from ecotourism and centuries-old archeological sites and ruins, along with gorgeous white-sand beaches and crystal clear waters teeming with tropical fish.

Variety of On-Board Facilities and Features

Carnival’s 88500-ton “Spirit-class,” Carnival Miracle and Carnival Legend each offer a variety of on-board features – a huge array of balconied and ocean view staterooms and indoor and outdoor promenades - that make them ideal for scenic cruising. Eighty percent of the ships’ 1,062 staterooms offer ocean view with 80 percent of those offering private balconies.

Carnival Miracle and Carnival Legend also feature a host of lounges, bars and entertainment venues, including a sports bar, wine bar, piano bar, a two-level dance club, and a multi-level theater showcasing elaborate production shows.

Another highlight is an upscale reservations-only supper club located at the top of a soaring nine-deck-high atrium and enclosed by a red-tinted glass dome that forms the forward portion of the ship’s funnel.

Numerous family-friendly features, including “Camp Carnival” and “Club O2,” with expansive facilities and programming for children and teens, respectively, are also featured.

And, through Carnival’s comprehensive golf offerings, guests can enjoy shipboard lessons and play some of the most beautiful and challenging courses of the Caribbean.