August 22, 2007

Carnival Cruise Lines will replace the 1,486-passenger Celebration, which sails from Jacksonville, Fla., to Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas, with the 2,052-passenger Fascination. The new ship will sail year-round on four- to five-day cruises starting Sept. 20, 2008. The new five-day itinerary will include stops in Key West and the Bahamas. In other Carnival news, the Fantasy fleet of ships will receive upgrades to all pool and deck areas, with thatched roofs, new tiling, faux palm trees and umbrellas. Also in the plans are four-deck Carnival WaterWorks aqua parks. The renovations to all eight Fantasy ships are expected to be completed in 2009.