▪ Costa Cruises will move to Port Everglades this winter for a season of Caribbean cruises. The Costa Deliziosa will arrive from the Mediterranean and embark on its first cruise from Fort Lauderdale on Dec. 21. Most of its cruises will be 10-night Caribbean sailings until the ship departs for Europe in early March.
The itineraries mark a change for Costa not only because its ships have sailed Caribbean cruises out of Miami in recent years, but also because this will be the first time the 92,720-ton, 2,826-guest Costa Deliziosa will depart regularly from a U.S. homeport.
▪ For the first time, Disney Cruise Line will offer seven-night cruises out of PortMiami starting in late 2016.
The Disney Magic will sail out of Miami during late fall and winter next year. It will do some shorter Bahamas cruises, but it will also do one six-night and five seven-night Caribbean cruises. Sailings beyond December 2016 have not been announced.
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Disney began doing seasonal cruises out of Miami in in December 2012 and has done well at that port, said Jennifer Haile-Tinn, the line’s manager of marketing strategy.
“Miami is also benefiting from all the guests from Latin America who stop in Miami to see family, to go on vacation. So we’re seeing a greater international mix in our guests bookings,” she said.
▪ Interested in watching Cunard’s 175th anniversary events as all three of its ships rendezvous in Liverpool on Monday? The cruise line will livestream events as the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth sail in formation on the Mersey. Cunard calls Liverpool, where the company began in 1840, its spiritual home.
Viewers can watch a 90-minute live satellite feed plus pre-recorded interviews at http://live.cunard.com starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday.
— MIAMI HERALD STAFF AND WIRES