Cruise News: Changes at Carnival

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Carnival Cruise Lines has announced a couple of notable changes.

Carnival now plans to sail cruises year-round from Baltimore, says Travel Weekly.

This is part of a years-long trend in changing ship itineraries so that more cruises depart from ports you can drive up to instead of have to fly to. Here are the details for five of these "drive-up ports" (Seattle, San Diego, Galveston, Norfolk, and Bayonne, N.J.)

Carnival has also begun experimenting with an open-seating dining program. Part of the dining hall on the Legend will allow passengers to eat whenever they want within a range of hours without having to make reservations, sit with a group at an assigned time, or be assigned to a specific table. If the program is popular, open-seating will become standard within roughly a year's time.

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