New cruises to Cayman on Carnival Valor in 2012

Carnival has announced plans to run new itineraries including Cayman in 2012.

The Carnival Valor will operate two separate six- and eight-day cruises originating in Miami.

The six-day cruises will run every fortnight from Sunday, 15 January, 2012, and will call at Key West, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios.

The eight-day cruises begin on Saturday, 21 January, through to 27 October, 2012.

There are three itineraries offered, including Eastern and Southern Caribbean voyages, plus an unusual combined Eastern and Western cruise with stops in Grand Cayman, Ocho Rios, Grand Turk and Nassau.

Carnival Valor currently visits Cayman on Tuesdays as part of a seven-day trip.

Heavy weather

Heavy weather in central Florida affected cruise ships during last week.

On Wednesday, 30 March, 85-knot winds associated with a tornado and storm blew the Carnival Pride from its dock in Port Canaveral at around 5.45pm.

The ship, which came from Baltimore, Maryland, was docked for a day and some guests were aboard but no injuries were reported.

The 2,680-passenger ship remained in port until Thursday and as a result of the incident missed a call in Nassau.

Carnival later revealed that the delay was due to a mechanical problem with the anchor, which had been released by the captain during the incident.

Cuba ferry planned

Meanwhile, cruise industry veteran Bruce Nierenberg has announced plans to operate a cruise ferry service from Florida to Havana.

Mr. Nierenberg told Travel Weekly that more than 400,000 Cuban-Americans had flown charter to Cuba in 2010 and that his company, SeaBridge Ferry Services, had applied for a similar license.

His theory is that since ferries will be cheaper than flights and since there would be fewer restrictions on carry-on baggage, Cuban families could bring more items from the United States to Havana.


The Valor’s itinerary is changing for the 2012 season. – Photo: File


  1. I am slightly confused as to how these can be considered new cruises when the ship already comes to Cayman once a week and now it will be perhaps coming twice over a two week span…once a week versus maybe twice in two weeks, hmmm maybe my maths skills are lacking but not seeing a difference here apart from possibly less calls in to port due to other itineraries

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