JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Jacksonville Port Authority and Carnival Cruise Lines have reached an agreement to extend Carnival Cruise service from Jacksonville.

The Carnival Fascination will continue sailing from the JaxPort Cruise Terminal in North Jacksonville to Key West and the Bahamas for four-day and five-day cruises.

Carnival Cruise Lines inaugurated service from Jacksonville on Feb. 27, 2004, with service aboard the Carnival Miracle. In August 2004, Carnival began year-round service with the Celebration and upgraded to the larger, newer Fascination in September 2008.

"We are pleased to continue this valuable partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines and usher it into a second successful decade," said JaxPort CEO Brian Taylor. "The Fascination offers great value and service to vacationers. It also brings jobs and opportunity to North Florida, boosts tourism and offers the region a platform to promote all of our regional assets and attractions."

More than 1.6 million passengers have sailed from Jacksonville during the 10 years of cruise service.

For more information on cruising from Jacksonville, visit www.jaxport.com/cruise.