Earlier this week, Carnival revealed to its UK based travel agents that Carnival will not deploy a ship to either the Mediterranean nor the UK. In the letter, Carnival alludes to the fact that there is not enough demand from European cruisers to cruise on ships that are normally popular with American cruisers.
Carnival has stated that they are still committed to providing cruises to the UK market, but based on their demographics, it is more feasible to base ships closer to their more popular markets, such as the Caribbean. Carnival has also cited rising air fare as a reason to bring ships closer to their primary cruiser – mainstream Americans.
Currently Carnival has deployed the Carnival Legend and the newly renovated Carnival Sunshine to the Mediterranean and the UK for the 2013 summer cruise season. At the end of the season, the Carnival Sunshine will begin sailing out of New Orleans, while the Carnival Legend will join her sister, the Carnival Spirit, in sailing South Pacific cruises from Sydney, Australia.
2014 will mark the first year since 2007 that Carnival will not have a ship based in Europe for a portion of the year.
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