Renovation begins this month on Port Everglades terminals

Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades will begin work this month on a $54 million renovation of its four existing cruise terminals. Refits to terminals 2, 19, 21 and 26 will be completed in phases through early June 2013.

When the project is completed, all terminals will have two passenger-loading bridges, separate and larger baggage halls and improved ground transportation areas, said the port.

The renovation is part of an investment that Port Everglades committed to under an agreement, finalized in April 2010, between Carnival Corp. and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, which is the governing body for Port Everglades. The agreement calls for a minimum of 25.5 million cruise guests from multiple Carnival Corp. brands sailing to and from Port Everglades over the initial 15-year term.

Carnival Conquest headed to Miami

The 2,974-passenger Carnival Conquest will reposition from New Orleans to Miami in November 2013 to operate seven-day Caribbean sailings year-round.

The ship is the next in line to receive Fun Ship 2.0 enhancements that will add several dining, lounge and entertainment options. The line earlier announced that the 2,642-passenger Carnival Destiny would be deployed to New Orleans in spring 2013, following a major refit. The ship will be renamed the Carnival Sunshine.

In Miami, the Carnival Conquest will depart every Sunday, operating two Caribbean itineraries beginning Nov. 24, 2013. Eastern Caribbean cruises will call at Nassau, St. Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk, while the western route will feature Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Belize and Mahogany Bay, Honduras.

The Conquest’s drydock will take place Oct. 14 to 28, 2012.

Norwegian names youth programs

Norwegian Cruise Line revealed the names of its youth program, Splash Academy, and its teen program, Entourage. Names were also selected for the four age groups within the program: Guppies for ages 2 and younger; Turtles, ages 3 to 5; Seals, ages 6 to 9; and Dolphins, ages 10 to 12.

The programs were launched on the Norwegian Gem in February and are being rolled out fleetwide through August. The Norwegian Breakaway, which will enter service in April 2013, also will feature the new youth and teen programs.

A highlight of the program is a circus school in partnership with Hilario Productions Cirque du Jour, a New York-based company that specializes in teaching children real circus skills.

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