Carnival Cruise Lines will operate in Jacksonville until 2026

Carnival Cruise Lines will continue to operate voyages to and from Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) announced Monday that it and Carnival have reached an agreement to continue cruise service from Jacksonville through 2026, with options to extend through 2030.

Carnival’s Elation departs from JAXPORT’s North Jacksonville Cruise Terminal, offering year-round voyages to the Bahamas.

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The ship carries 2,697 passengers.

“The continued growth of our cruise program is another way to create jobs and economic impact for our region and state,” said Eric Green, CEO of JAXPORT, in a press release. “JAXPORT has enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Carnival, and we are grateful for their commitment to serving Jacksonville and providing even more reasons for tourists to visit our great city.”

Carnival has been sailing from Jacksonville for 20 years and carries more than 3 million passengers.

JAXPORT said the cruise industry in Jacksonville supports nearly 800 jobs and has an economic impact of more than $187 million for Northeast Florida.

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Carnival’s Elation will continue to sail from Jacksonville until at least 2026.

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