Carnival Expands in Long Beach

| Monday, 16 Jun. 2014

Three full-time ships make Long Beach a hub for cruises to Mexico and Hawaii

According to an article by Karen Roben Meeks at the Long Beach Post Telegram, Carnival Cruise Line is expanding future cruise activity in Long Beach, California, with the arrival in January, 2015, of Carnival Imagination and plans to shift Carnival Miracle to year-round service to both the Mexican Riviera and roundtrip cruises to Hawaii in October.

Including Carnival Inspiration, Long Beach will soon be the home of three year-round Carnival ships carrying more than 600,000 passengers annually. Carnival is the only major cruise line to sail regularly out of Long Beach harbor rather than the San Pedro facilities typically referred to as “Los Angeles Harbor.” The two harbors are only about five miles apart, and the Long Beach Harbor is also the regular home to the original Queen Mary moored permanently as a museum and attraction just next to door the port facility for Carnival.

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“Adding year-round Mexican Riviera cruises allows us to further bolster our leadership position on the West Coast,” said company spokesman Vance Gulliksen, adding that the line will be serving more than a half-million people  - more than any other cruise operator in California.

The Press-Telegram first reported the announcement of a third Carnival ship coming to the city in 2012.

Mayor Bob Foster said that Carnival’s addition will not only have a significant local economic impact on Long Beach, but a lower environmental impact on California since the company can use local power for ships while docked here – lowering the carbon footprint for the city and state.

Carnival will be offering seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises, as well as Hawaii cruises, including round-trip voyages from Long Beach. Demand for these West Coast cruises has reportedly grown in recent years.

“Our guests and travel agent partners have been asking for more Mexican Riviera cruises — particularly in the summer months, which are peak travel times in the cruise industry — and this new deployment of the Carnival Miracle is the result of this important feedback,” Gulliksen said.

Starting Oct. 4, Carnival will offer three different week-long services, including a new cruise that stops at Mazatlán, Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.

Carnival Miracle, part of the Spirit-class, will undergo enhancements in March 2015 to feature new, yet-to-be-announced amenities, and will also run services to Hawaii in 2015-2016.

Carnival will offer three 15-day voyages from Long Beach on Oct. 17 and Nov. 28, 2015, and Nov. 16, 2016, with stops in Maui, Honolulu, Kauai, Kona and Hilo.

Meanwhile, Carnival Imagination’s three- and four-day services to Ensenada and Catalina Island that started last January have been successful.

“These short cruises are popular with folks who are looking for a convenient, affordable getaway and attracts a significant number of guests from the West Coast as well as the Southwestern U.S.,” Gulliksen said.

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