Author Topic: Could Carnival Leave Jax?  (Read 1627 times)

thelakelander

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Re: Could Carnival Leave Jax?
« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2020, 06:32:29 PM »
No Virgin isn't building a rail line to Port Canaveral. Any connection would be a shuttle bus from the Cocoa station.
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Re: Could Carnival Leave Jax?
« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2020, 12:49:34 AM »
Found a couple of updates for this thread:

Looks like Jackonville's Ecstasy is for sale:

https://www.cruisehive.com/here-are-five-carnival-cruise-ships-that-might-be-sold-soon/40309

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Carnival Ecstasy

The Carnival cruise ship is the second oldest in the fleet and entered service in 1991. The ship is currently listed for sale on the Ferry & Cruise Shipbrokers web site. Carnival Ecstasy was cruising out Jacksonville, Florida before the pause on cruises.

The ship is 70,367 gross tons and has a guest capacity of 2,056 at double occupancy. Her most recent upgrade was in October 2019 which was mainly general maintenance with the only real highlight of a new Bonsai Sushi Express being added.

Then there is this report that the Ecstasy will be Carnival's first U.S. post-COVID voyage:

https://www.traveloffpath.com/cruise-lines-reopening-dates-of-sailings-and-what-you-need-to-know/

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US Launch: 4 Day Round Trip Cruise to the Bahamas on October 4th sailing aboard the Carnival Ecstasy

Not sure these reports are in conflict.  Carnival may sail the Ecstasy until it is sold.  Not good for a cruise ship to sit idle for long - maintenance wise or money wise.  But, it appears that when they find a buyer its "outta here!"  Also, if they restart cruises with a ship like the Ecstasy and things go terribly wrong (see Carnival's Diamond Princess fiasco), at least they will be cutting their image damage by dumping the tainted ship from their fleet soon after.  For Jacksonville, the question then is what happens next.
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Re: Could Carnival Leave Jax?
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2020, 06:22:42 PM »
Are the smaller Norwegian ships still docked around town?  Perhaps that's who they should be courting.

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Re: Could Carnival Leave Jax?
« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2020, 06:30:23 PM »
Yes, at least two of them are still here. One at Talleyrand and another off Dames Point.
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