From Travel weekly: "Carnival Cruise Lines' will launch a new five-port, seven-day southern Caribbean itinerary from San Juan on the Carnival Destiny beginning in January 2007.
The Destiny will now stop in St. Lucia, Antigua, Dominica, Barbados, and St. Thomas/St. John. It formerly operated a four-port, seven-day cruise to St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados and Aruba.
Vance Gulliksen, Carnival spokesperson, said the decision to eliminate Aruba from the itinerary was both a fuel-saving initiative and also a way to freshen the Carnival Destiny program, which had operated the same itinerary for five years.
'By removing Aruba from the itinerary, we are able to offer two new ports of call while at the same time achieving significant fuel savings,' he said.
Carnival CEO Bob Dickinson said in a release that 'the southern Caribbean is one of the worldâ€™s most desirable cruising regions' and that 'the new five-port, seven-day itinerary provides consumers with an opportunity to experience a diversity of cultures and historical landmarks, along with some of the worldâ€™s most magnificent beaches.'â€ť