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Carnival to expand in Southern Caribbean

Industry leader Carnival is expanding capacity in the Southern Caribbean for 2013.

The line today announced the 2,974-passenger Carnival Valor will move from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico in February 2013 to operate year-round, seven-night trips to the Southern Caribbean, taking the place of the smaller, 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory.

The Carnival Victory, in turn, will move to Miami to operate year-round, four- and five-night cruises, taking the place of the 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny.

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Carnival didn’t reveal its plans for the Carnival Destiny, other than to say the ship would sail a single, 16-night trans-Atlantic voyage from Miami to Civitavecchia, Rome on Feb. 4, 2013. The line says details on the ship’s deployment beyond February 2013 will be coming soon.

Carnival says the Carnival Valor will sail its first Southern Caribbean cruise on Feb. 10, 2013. The sailings will feature stops in St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten.

The Carnival Victory will sail its first cruises out of Miami on Feb. 4, 2013. Three different itineraries will include four-night cruises departing on Thursdays to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico; and five-night cruises departing on Mondays to Grand Turk island; the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay; and Nassau, The Bahamas.

Also on the schedule for the Carnival Victory are five-night voyages from Miami departing on Saturdays to Grand Cayman island and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Carnival says the Carnival Victory will be the newest and largest ship ever to sail four- and five-night voyages out of Miami, and the Carnival Valor will be the newest and largest ship ever to sail year-round out of San Juan.

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