Carnival To Bolster Offerings In California

Cruise industry giant Carnival Cruise Lines has announced a series of plans to bolster its presence in California, with a third vessel being homeported in the state and new itineraries offered. In a first for the line, 2 roundtrip sailings from California to Hawaii will be offered in 2011 and 2012, while Mexican Riviera cruises will be resumed out of Los Angeles’ San Pedro cruise terminal in 2011.


15-Day Hawaii Roundtrip Cruise From Los Angeles/San Diego

The 2,124-guest Carnival Spirit will operate 15-day roundtrip itineraries from Los Angeles and San Diego on 2 December 2011 and 13 April 2012 respectively. Departing California, the ship will sail west towards the Aloha state and call at Hilo, Maui, Honolulu, Kauai and Kona, before travelling east to Ensenada and finally arriving back in Los Angeles or San Diego.


A selection of shore excursions ranging from explorations of Hawaii’s volcanic landscape, adventure tours, relaxing beach breaks to vibrant city tours await cruisers. The line is billing the cruises as a more convenient and cost-effective option to visit Hawaii than flying, with the Carnival Spirit offering well-appointed accomodation, gourmet dining and resort-style facilities.


5- And 9-Day Mexico Riviera Voyages Return To Los Angeles

Carnival Spirit will also sail a series of 5- and 9-day itineraries to the Mexican Riviera out of Los Angeles between September 2011 and January 2012. Both cruises include 2 days in Cabo San Lucas, while the longer itinerary also visits Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and La Paz, with 3 days at sea for guests to enjoy the amenities onboard.


The Carnival Spirit will complement itineraries offered by the line’s Long Beach-based 2,052-guest Carnival Paradise and the larger, 3,006-guest Carnival Splendor in California. With the addition of the vessel, Carnival Cruise Lines becomes the only cruise operator to homeport 3 ships in the Los Angeles area.


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