Carnival Cruise Line’s Spirit has sailed from Seattle earlier this week on a 16-night repositioning cruise to the Gulf Coast.
Poised to spend the upcoming winter season cruising from the Port of Mobile, the 2001-vessel is offering a Panama Canal cruise to New Orleans.
In addition to a full transit of the Panama Canal and 11 full days at sea, the one-way itinerary features visits to three destinations: Cabo San Lucas, in Mexico; Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia; and Puntarenas, in Costa Rica.
After disembarking guests in New Orleans, the Carnival Spirit is set to deadhead to Mobile to kick off its winter season.
Then, on Oct. 6, the Spirit-Class ship kicks off a series of six- to eight-night cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean departing from the Alabama homeport.
The first cruise of the season sails to four different ports in the Bahamas. The eight-night itinerary is scheduled to pay visits to Bimini, Freeport and Nassau, in addition to one of Carnival Corporation’s private destinations in the country, Half Moon Cay.
The Carnival Spirit is also offering several cruises to the Western Caribbean from its new seasonal homeport.
One of the itineraries to the region sails on Nov. 25. Cruising for eight nights, the cruise features visits to Cozumel and Costa Maya, in Mexico, as well as Mahogany Bay, in Honduras, and Belize City, in Belize.
The operation will mark Carnival Cruise Line’s return to Alabama after a year-long hiatus. The brand hasn’t sailed from the port since withdrawing the Carnival Ecstasy from its fleet in October 2022.
After completing its schedule from Mobile in early April, the Carnival Spirit sails to Florida for a repositioning voyage to the Pacific Northwest.
Sailing from Tampa to Seattle, the 16-night Panama Canal cruise precedes the ship’s 2024 summer program in Alaska.
In late 2024, the 2,100-guest vessel is scheduled to return to Mobile for a second consecutive season sailing from the homeport.