Carnival Cruise Line sails from PortMiami for the first time in 16 months

Published on : Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line recently launched its first cruise from in almost 16 months from PortMiami, with the departure of Carnival Horizon. The company said the move would provide a significant boost to the local economy, as tens of thousands of jobs in south Florida are supported by the cruise industry.

Florida is number one in the United States for cruise embarkations, with the cruise industry contributing more than $9 billion in direct purchases and responsible for over 159,000 jobs. Carnival Horizon will set sail for a six-day cruise with stops in Amber Cove (Dominican Republic) and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay.

Carnival Vista has also departed Galveston last week, with Carnival Breeze departing from Galveston July 15 and Carnival Miracle kicking off the Alaska season from Seattle July 27. Mardi Gras sets sail from Port Canaveral July 31.

Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy, and Carnival Corporation Chief Executive, Arnold Donald started the festivities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially welcoming guests on board. Duffy said in a statement that PortMiami is the number one homeport in terms of ships and passenger embarkations and this return to cruising with Carnival Horizon represents an important first step in getting the company back to business while infusing much-needed capital to the thousands of workers who rely on the cruise industry for their livelihood.

He mentioned that the past year has been challenging to say the least and also wished to thank the state and local officials, PortMiami, and business partners and suppliers for their incredible support and patience during this time.

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