A new port in the Dominican Republic, an expanded list of US ports with cruises to Cuba and a complete renovation of a terminal in California are some of the changes in Carnival Corporation’s offer for the summer of 2018.
This season is the most popular for cruise tourism, which at the same time has more and more followers, especially among families, for its costs and comfort and for the opportunity to share experiences worth remembering, among other reasons.
“More than 27 million people will enjoy a cruise this year,” says Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer of Carnival Corporation.
Frizzell points out that it is a record number and that each year of the last ten has added a million people to the number of “lovers” of cruises, which are not only a great way to enjoy the holidays, but from The point of view of the pocket have “an exceptional value” compared to that of land-based vacations.
The price of a cruise includes entertainment and “five-star” food. It also includes swimming pools, jacuzzis, centers to get fit and activities and fun for children of all ages. But, in addition, there is the aspect of comfort.
People like the idea of unpacking once and letting the ship and its crew take care of everything else. He also enjoys being able to get up most days in new and fascinating ports.
One of the new destinations for cruise tourism is Amber Cove, in the north of the Dominican Republic, near Puerto Plata, where for almost 30 years it had not stopped.
The new cruise center, with two berths, has the capacity to receive up to 8,000 cruise passengers and 2,000 crew per day and from there you can take means of sea or land transport to know the attractions of the area of Bahía de Maimón and its surroundings.
“Our guests love that everyone always finds something to their liking, families can do things together or separate so that everyone can do what they want and then in the evening they can be together again for dinner and entertainment.
“Our boats are floating cities, so there’s always something fun going on,” says Frizzell.
Cruise lines continue to incorporate new ships and expand their offer, from activities on board to new destinations and a lot of excursions out of the boat.
In May the new Carnival Horizon arrived in New York for the first time ever and captivated audiences with its water park inspired by Dr. Seuss, the Pig & Anchor Bar Smokehouse | Brewhouse by Guy Fieri, the only IMAX Theater at Sea in the world and the popular Family Harbor rooms, which come with a concierge.
Cuba, which opened to US cruises in 2016, continues to gain weight as a destination.
Next August the line Holland America, “sister” of Carnival Cruise Line, will offer a cruise of 14 days that will leave Boston.
Carnival Cruise Line has cruises to Havana from Tampa, and will also add cruises from Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Charleston.
Adventure lovers are in luck with the newly announced debut of the steepest zip line in the world at The Rockland Estate, St. Marteen, which also offers a historic museum and a 360 degree view of the highest mountain of the Caribbean island.
In addition, Carnival Corporation, the number one pleasure travel company in the world, has teamed up with Rainforest Adventures in Jamaica to develop adventures at Mystic Mountain, a park in Ocho Rios that visitors ascend from the coast to a height of 700 feet. above sea level.
Although the Caribbean is the number one region for the cruise industry, the Pacific also offers attractive destinations.
Carnival Cruise Line recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation of the Long Beach cruise port in California, and cruise passengers traveling from this port will be able to discover exotic and beautiful destinations such as Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.
“People like the fact that it’s so easy to get on a cruise, no matter where they are,” says Frizzell.
“More than half of Americans can drive to one of our ports in a few hours, which makes the trip easier and allows them to spend less than a plane ticket,” says Frizzell.
“Once people sign up for a cruise, they have a good time and they recognize its value, they can not wait to take another,” he concludes.