Carnival Cruise Line has become the first cruise operator to resume sailing from California after a pause in operations that’s lasted 17 months.
Carnival Panorama will set sail today departing Long Beach, California on a seven-day cruise making visits to popular Mexican resort towns including Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
As part of the festivities, a #BackToFun celebration was held in the ships cruise terminal prior to sailing during which Carnival President Christine Duffy together with Carnival Panorama’s Captain Luca Lazzarino cut the ribbon to officially welcome guests back on board.
In a short speech to onlookers of the ribbon-cutting President Duffy went on to say “Carnival is the leader in West Coast cruising, and we’re thrilled that Carnival Panorama is resuming service as the first cruise ship to sail from California”
“We’ve implemented extensive protocols on board to keep our guests, crew and the destinations we visit safe and healthy. We want to thank our partners and local officials in Long Beach for working closely with us to restart our cruise operations from Southern California. We’re ready to show our guests the vacation of a lifetime while providing a boost to the local economy.”
Carnival is the number one cruise operator on the West Coast with three ships operating three- to 15-day cruises to Mexico and Hawaii from the Port of Long Beach’s historic cruise terminal.
In addition to Carnival Panorama’s seven-day cruises, Carnival Miracle will resume the line’s popular short cruise program starting in September while the totally transformed Carnival Radiance, fresh from a $200 million dry dock, will make its debut from Southern California later this year.
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Carnival Panorama debuted in December 2019 from Long Beach and is the newest cruise ship on the US West Coast offering a wide range of amenities, including the first Sky Zone trampoline park at sea, the SkyRide aerial attraction, a massive WaterWorks aqua park, the Carnival Kitchen culinary experience, a luxurious Cloud 9 Spa and more.