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Carnival Cruise Lines Announces Return to San Diego

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The red, white and blue whale-shaped funnel of Carnival Cruise Line’s ships will return to San Diego after a seven-year absence, the cruise line has announced. 

Carnival Cruise Line’s 963-foot vessel, Carnival Miracle, will begin docking at Port of San Diego on Dec. 1, 2019 for three months-worth of cruises to Mexico, Hawaii and through the Panama Canal.

Port of San Diego’s Chairman Rafael Castellanos touted the addition as an economic booster for San Diego.

“The partnership between the Port and Carnival offers cruisers more travel options while providing even more economic benefit to the region,” Castellanos said.

Each homeported cruise, a cruise that begins or ends its voyage in San Diego, has an economic impact of $2 million on the region, The Port of San Diego said.

Carnival Cruise Lines 2019-20 winter schedule will kick off with a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera followed by 14- and 15-day voyages to Hawaii.

The cruise line will also offer two-, three- and five-day voyages to Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada, Mexico.

Carnival Miracle has a crew of nearly 950 and can hold 2,124 guests. 

Port of San Diego’s new cruise ship terminal opened in 2010 to be able to accommodate larger vessels despite concerns that the city lacked adequate facilities. 

Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines via Getty Images
Source: NBC San Diego

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