Carnival Cruise Line is planning to significantly increase their presence in Southern California. While many cruise lines have eliminated or position mostly older ships on the west coast for cruises to the Mexican Rivera, Carnival Cruise Line will base their brand new ship, the Carnival Panorama in Long Beach when the ship debuts in 2019.
Additionally, Carnival celebrated the grand re-opening of its 146,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Long Beach Cruise Terminal, and a multi-million-dollar port development project in Ensenada, Mexico, that will provide guests with one-of-a-kind experiences ashore.
The grand re-opening of the terminal coincides with the arrival of Carnival Splendor to Long Beach, which operates seven-day cruises to Mexico and longer-length voyages to Alaska and Hawaii, representing a 40 percent capacity increase on this route.
Carnival President Christine Duffy said:
“This is a momentous occasion for both Carnival and the City of Long Beach – not only are we celebrating the grand re-opening of this magnificent cruise terminal, but also demonstrating our commitment to the West Coast with the deployment of the spectacular new Carnival Panorama in 2019 and the announcement of an exciting new port development project in Ensenada,”
“The West Coast is an important market with vast growth potential and these initiatives further demonstrate the confidence in our future success in Long Beach. We are very much looking forward to having Carnival Panorama homeported here beginning next year.”
The Carnival Panorama will be Carnival’s third Vista Class ship and offer amazing features like the Skyride, suspended reclining bike course, IMAX theater, Carnival WaterWorks and much more.
More detail on the Carnival Panorama can be found at Carnival Cruise Line’s website.