The announcements were made by Carnival president Christine Duffy in Long Beach, California at a VIP ceremony officially unveiling the enhancements to the newly upgraded cruise terminal with travel agents, port officials, local dignitaries and media in attendance.
‘This is a momentous occasion for both Carnival and the City of Long Beach – not only are we celebrating the grand re-opening of this magnificent cruise terminal, but also demonstrating our commitment to the West Coast with the deployment of Carnival Panorama in 2019 and an exciting new port development project in Ensenada,’ said Duffy.
She said the initiatives, ‘further demonstrate the confidence in our future success in Long Beach.'
Robert Garcia, mayor of Long Beach commented, ‘Carnival has been an excellent partner for 15 years and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.’
Carnival’s third Vista-class ship, the 3,960-passenger Carnival Panorama, arriving in 2019, will sail on seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach.
A major port development project is planned in Ensenada, Mexico, currently featured on the line’s three- and four-day cruises from Long Beach.
The project will provide guests visiting the destination with dining and retail experiences ashore.
Details about the development will be announced at a later date.
‘This project will provide our guests with a truly unique shoreside experience while making our short cruises from Long Beach even more attractive to consumers,’ said Carlos Torres de Navarra, Carnival’s vp, strategic and commercial port development.
‘This port development project will make Ensenada one of the West Coast’s premier destinations,’ he added.