In something of an about face, Carnival has announced that the Carnival Miracle will not now go to China in 2018 after all.
Instead, the ship- currently cruises from Long Beach to the Mexican Riviera (see my recent blog for a look at the Carnival Miracle) will remain in the North American market after all.
She will be replaced, after a fashion. Her current, Sydney based sister ship- Carnival Spirit- will leave Australia for a seasonal deployment to China over the winter of 2017-18, marking the first actual deployment of a Carnival ship from that country. She will return to Australia in the spring of 2018.
Meanwhile, plans for the permanent deployment of Carnival Splendor from Chinese ports in 2019 are unaffected.
This is something of an astute move on the part of Carnival. It will obviously take far less time to redeploy a vessel from Australia to China, rather than sailing another from the west coast of the USA. And, with the Mexican Riviera run slowly reviving in popularity, the Carnival Miracle is starting to carve herself out a bit of a popular reputation on the west coast as well.
No, the new moves make sense all round. It also leaves Carnival Pride on the east coast USA as the only other Spirit class vessel sailing in American waters.