(12:45 p.m. EDT) -- After a nearly seven-year lapse, a Carnival Cruise Line ship will once again sail from San Diego.
From December 2019 to February 2020, Carnival Miracle will embark on a wide variety of sailings, from three to 15 days, from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera, Hawaii and the Panama Canal. While Carnival sails regular West Coast cruises from its terminal in Long Beach (near Los Angeles), it's the first time since 2012 a Carnival ship has cruised from San Diego.
The announcement was made today at the naval base in Point Loma, San Diego, during "Humor for Heroes," an event held for members of the Armed Forces and their families in conjunction with Carnival's longtime partner Operation Homefront. Comedian Adam DeVine of the TV comedy "Workaholics," along with two other comedians featured in Carnival's Punchliner Comedy Clubs, performed standup routines as a thank you to more than 500 service members and the families who support them.
The decision to move Carnival Miracle is one of several recent investments the company has made in the West Coast, and specifically, California. In February, the line unveiled a multimillion-dollar renovation of its Long Beach Cruise Terminal, where it will christen its forthcoming ship, Carnival Panorama, in October 2019.
In an interview with Cruise Critic, Carnival President Christine Duffy said the company believes the West Coast is ready for an even larger ship than Carnival Splendor. (Splendor currently sails from Long Beach but will reposition to Sydney, Australia, when Panorama arrives.)
As for Carnival Miracle, cruisers can book the first San Diego sailing on a weeklong voyage to the Mexican Riviera departing December 1, 2019. Other itineraries include two Carnival Journeys cruises from San Diego to Hawaii, spanning 14 to 15 days; two five-night cruises to Cabo San Lucas; two three-night getaways to Ensenada; plus a special four-night Baja Mexico cruise over New Year's Eve.
The final sailing of Miracle from San Diego is a two-week Carnival Journeys repositioning through the Panama Canal, arriving February 14, 2020 to Miami.
"Our team has worked really hard to put together some unique offerings," Duffy said of the upcoming sailings. "Our loyal cruisers look forward to those longer [Journeys] sailings each year, and they sell very well."
Carnival's return to San Diego is just one of many cruise announcements concerning the Golden State this week. On Tuesday, expedition cruise line Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic announced it would deploy its newest ship to San Francisco, sailing an inaugural California coastal itinerary this December. On Wednesday, Princess Cruises released its extensive California coastal itineraries for 2019/2020, which include a debut from Royal Princess, along with more time in ports like San Diego and San Francisco.
--By Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor