* Carnival Learns Texans Like Longer Ones
Carnival has learned something about the Galveston market. They love variety - and longer cruises. In April the line announced some 10- and 11-day cruises one way between the Texas city and San Juan via ports in the Caribbean that are too far east to ever be called on during a regular 7-day itinerary.
Even though those sailings aren’t until the fall of 2015 and the winter of 2016, the line received such a strong response, they’ve scheduled three more earlier sailings in February and March 2015. Just to add to the variety in Galveston, Carnival has scheduled the huge Carnival Magic on short cruises for the first time while Carnival Triumph is away on the longer cruises in early 2015.
* And She’s Gone
Operations to prepare for Costa Concordia’s departure from Giglio Island began early this morning at about 6am (local time), and as soon as the ferry arrived from the mainland (at 8:30), they closed the harbor and began disconnecting the cables that moored the ship.
About 11:00am, earlier that expected, everything went so smoothly, the convoy was sailing away from the island, two and a half years after Costa Concordia had arrived so unexpectedly.
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