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JAXPORT, Carnival Cruise Agree to Extend Cruise Service from Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and Carnival Cruise Line have reached an agreement to continue Carnival cruise service from Jacksonville into 2026, with options to extend through 2030.

The 2,697-passenger Carnival Elation will continue offering year-round sailing to The Bahamas from JAXPORT’s North Jacksonville Cruise Terminal. The new contract extends cruise service from Jacksonville for two more years and includes four one-year renewal options.

“The continued growth of our cruise program is another way we create jobs and economic impact for our region and state,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “JAXPORT has a longstanding 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.”

More than 3 million passengers have sailed from Jacksonville during 20 years of Carnival cruise service at JAXPORT. The port has completed a series of upgrades to the cruise terminal to enhance the passenger experience, including a new parking area with easier access to the terminal, an upgraded VIP Lounge, and an improved boarding platform allowing passengers to enter the ship on the Promenade level.

The cruise industry in Jacksonville supports nearly 800 jobs and more than $187 million in annual economic impact for Northeast Florida.