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Friday, February 17, 2012

So is the Carnival Destiny Going to the Costa Fleet?

Today Carnival Cruise Line announced that the Carnival Valor will replace the Carnival Destiny sailing from San Juan Puerto Rico starting in February 10, 2013.

The Carnival Destiny will offer a 16-day transatlantic crossing departing
Miami Feb. 4 and arriving Civitavecchia (Rome) on Feb. 20, 2013. Featured ports on the crossing include Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal; Malaga, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and Genoa and Livorno, Italy.

Carnival has not yet announced details on the Carnival Destiny’s deployment following the trans-Atlantic
crossing.

To me it sounds like Carnival is positioning itself to transfer the Carnival Destiny to the Costa brand as a replacement for the ill-fated Costa Concordia. I assume Carnival expects the demand for the Costa brand to resume to normal levels by 2013 and the Carnival Destiny, which is the same basic design as a good portion of the Costa fleet would be a good match. The Carnival Destiny is the oldest of the Destiny Class vessels constructed in 1996.

(Photos show: Top: Carnival Destiny, Bottom: Costa Fortuna - an almost identical ship.

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