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Carnival Announces Cruise Ships to Mexico; To Sail in 2016

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Carnival Corporation 's CCL Carnival Cruise Line and the City of Mobile, Alabama recently announced that the Carnival Fantasy will operate cruises to Mexico throughout the year. The first cruise will start from the Mobile Cruise Terminal in autumn 2016.

The 2,056-passenger Carnival Fantasy will undergo a Mukti million dollar refurbishment before setting out. The renovation will include Carnival's popular Fun Ship 2.0 product enhancement program, including Guy's Burger Joint, two poolside bars - the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar - and the BlueIguana Cantina Mexican-themed restaurant.

Carnival Fantasy will also offer a modern spa, a WaterWorks aqua park featuring a slide and a kiddie splash area, and an adults-only retreat. The ship will also have supervised programs for kids, casinos and a wide array of dining options, together with a 24-hour pizzeria.

While four-day cruise will start from Mobile in Alabama to Cozumel, five-day cruises will be offered to Cozumel and Costa Maya or Progreso from Nov 9, 2016 to Nov 27, 2017. Cozumel, Costa Maya and Progreso are popular tourist destinations in Mexico known for pristine white sand beaches, historical sites, and excellent snorkeling, scuba diving and water sports.

In Progreso, tourists can visit Chichen Itza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, ancient Mayan ruins and enjoy great shopping and dining experience. In Costa Maya, guests can explore the centuries-old Chacchoben ruins and the Mayan Kingdom. Further, a water-themed attraction is currently under construction that will include slides, an elaborate lazy river and suspended ropes.

Carnival has adopted a strategy to expand beyond its familiar itineraries and capitalize on the fast growing global tourist market. Mexico's popularity as a tourist destination is soaring and Carnival is looking to tap in on the demand. This has continuously resulted in increased bookings for the company.

Carnival currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other stocks in the broader consumer discretionary sector that are performing well are Diamond Resorts International, Inc. DRII , Extended Stay America, Inc. STAY and Manchester United plc MANU . All these stocks carry the same Zacks Rank as Carnival.

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