Carnival Cruises Brings Taste of Italy to Port Canaveral

Carnival Venezia, the line’s first Italian-themed ship, arrives in late 2024
Carnival Venezia will winter in Florida in late 2024.
Carnival Venezia will sail the Caribbean before returning to New York. Carnival Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line’s first Italian-themed ship, Carnival Venezia, has added a slew of departures from Canaveral for the winter of 2024–2025 before returning to New York in the spring of 2025.

“The sailings we’re opening today will allow us to share this new signature fun with more guests and bring another truly dynamic offering to one of our most popular homeports,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Venezia’s seasonal operation in Port Canaveral will bring our deployment there to five vessels and give our valued Carnival guests another great option when sailing from Central Florida.”

Carnival Venezia will move from New York to Port Canaveral on Dec. 18, 2024, after a 12-day Southern Caribbean trek that departs on Dec. 6, 2024 and calls at St. Thomas, St. Croix, Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk. The ship will set sail on a four-day Bahamas cruise, including Nassau and Freeport, on the same day it embarks its first passengers from Port Canaveral and begins its winter series. The ship will then run 15 seven-day voyages with varying itineraries, calling at a number of well-known locations, and sailing two unique 14-day Carnival Journeys trips.

In the spring of 2025, the ship will return to New York after its seasonal deployment in Florida.

Carnival Venezia will be the first ship to present “Carnival Fun Italian Style.” The ship was initially constructed under Carnival’s sister brand, Costa Cruises, and has stunning architectural characteristics inspired by Venice, Italy, that make the ship a distinctive addition to the Carnival fleet.

The ship will introduce a number of new eating and beverage options to the fleet, such as the new speciality restaurant “Il Viaggio,” which promises a gastronomic adventure and has a menu selected to offer visitors the best regional meals and drinks from several Italian areas.

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