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It's official: Carnival Victory is now Carnival Radiance

Crew on hand in Cádiz where the Carnival Radiance transfornation is nearing completion
Carnival Cruise Line officially changed Carnival Victory's name to Carnival Radiance with the ship in the final stages of a $200m makeover at Navantia in Cádiz, Spain.

This third in the line’s transformed Sunshine series is scheduled to depart Cadiz Oct. 18 on a seven-week journey to its eventual home in Long Beach, California, with stops at Miami and a Panama Canal transit along the way.

Dec. 13 Long Beach debut

Carnival Radiance is scheduled to make its Southern California debut Dec. 13, kicking off a year-round schedule of three- and four-day cruises to Baja Mexico from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. Three-day cruises depart Fridays and visit Ensenada while four-day cruises sail Mondays for Ensenada and Catalina Island.

Carnival Radiance features all of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 dining, beverage and entertainment spaces as well as Big Chicken, a casual poolside restaurant created by Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal that debuted on Mardi Gras earlier this year.

Other changes include the addition of Cucina del Capitano, expanded entertainment venues like the multipurpose Liquid Lounge and one of the largest and most luxurious Cloud 9 Spas at sea.

'The transformation of Carnival Victory has been in the works for quite some time but we’re delighted that she can now be officially be called Carnival Radiance — the newest member of our fleet,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said.

Traditional naming ceremony planned

A traditional naming ceremony will be held in Long Beach with details to be announced in the near future.

Carnival Radiance joins Carnival Miracle, which is repositioning to Long Beach Sept. 27 to operate short cruises to Mexico, as well as Carnival Panorama sailing weekly to the Mexican Riviera.

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