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Carnival Adds More Four & Five-day Cruises Out of Jacksonville
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Carnival Adds More Four & Five-day Cruises Out of Jacksonville

Carnival Cruise Lines canceled its seven-day sailings out of Jacksonville this year, opting instead to add more shorter cruises from the Florida port.

According to a Carnival spokesman, the line announced a short series of seven-day cruises on the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination, to complement the ship's year-round, four- and five-day cruises from Jacksonville.

However, after operating two of the seven-day cruises, on April 30 and May 7, Carnival realized there was more demand for the shorter cruises, said spokesman Vance Gulliksen.

Carnival canceled four of the week-long cruises (scheduled for July 23 and 30, and Sept. 17 and 24), and replaced them with more of the shorter sailings.

"The four- and five-day cruises were performing well, and we wanted to provide our guests and travel agents with more of this product," Gulliksen said.

The seven-day cruises visited Grand Turk, the private Bahamian island Half Moon Cay (operated by sister line Holland America) and Nassau.

The four-day cruises visit Freeport and Nassau, Bahamas, while the five-day sailings alternate between Nassau and Key West, and Nassau and Half Moon Cay.

First reported in Florida Today, the news outlet quoted a local radio personality as saying that the switch was likely a result of the economy, as the lower cost of the four- and five-day cruises "best fits people's vacation budgets."

Passengers booked on the seven-day cruises were advised of the change and given the option of sailing on another voyage.

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