Carnival Cruise Line’s Miracle ship has returned to the Port of San Diego to launch its winter schedule of three to 15-day voyages, marking the line’s first departure from the port in seven years.
The first sailing is a seven-day journey to the Mexican Riviera, and the ship will offer a range of trip durations and destinations including three-day weekend getaways to Ensenada, five-day voyages with two-day stays at Cabo San Lucas, a four-day New Year’s Baja Mexico cruise, a six-day cruise with two days in Cabo San Lucas and a day-long visit to Ensenada, and three longer-length Carnival Journeys adventures, including 14- and 15-day Hawaii cruises and a 13-day Panama Canal sailing that offers stops in Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Colombia.
Carnival Miracle features many of the line’s signature dining, entertainment and accommodations options, including the Caribbean-inspired RedFrog Pub and cocktail pharmacy-themed Alchemy Bar, a water park, specialty dining options, a comedy club, and a 14,500ft² (1,347m²) spa.
“We’re delighted to return to the Port of San Diego to offer this diverse schedule of convenient and attractive voyages for our guests,” said Fred Stein, Carnival’s vice president of revenue, deployment and itinerary planning. “The West Coast is an important and fast-growing market for Carnival and these departures from San Diego provide guests a wide array of exciting cruise choices with stops along Baja Mexico, the Mexican Riviera and Hawaii.”
“The Port of San Diego is excited for the return of Carnival Cruise Line as part of our home-ported cruise business,” said Garry Bonelli, chairman of the board of port commissioners. “We are proud to once again partner with Carnival and we welcome Carnival Miracle to our cruise lineup.”
Carnival Miracle will return to San Diego to operate another winter schedule in 2020-21.
Carnival Miracle’s San Diego-based schedules are part of the line’s West Coast expansion that also includes its first-ever programme from San Francisco to Alaska, Hawaii and Baja Mexico, as well as the arrival of Carnival Panorama, which kicks off a year-round schedule from Long Beach on 11 December 2020 – the company’s first new cruise ship in southern California in 20 years.
San Diego is an integral component of Carnival’s ship deployment strategy in which the line positions ships near large US population bases along the East and West Coasts and the Gulf of Mexico. Including San Diego, Carnival sails from 19 North American homeports. It’s estimated that roughly half of the US population is within a day’s drive of a Carnival homeport.
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