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Carnival is bullish on Long Beach. That’s why it will bring its newest ship, Panorama, to the port next year

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Guests check in at Carnival’s remodeled terminal at the Port of Long Beach.
(Carnival Cruise Lines)

Carnival Cruise Line representatives hit the road in Southern California last week with a fun-and-games event to stir up interest in cruising.

The main focus of the meetings was the travel trade, but the company also set a long-range goal of building a robust cruise market for Carnival on the West Coast.

The four-day road show made stops in Pasadena, San Diego, Fountain Valley and Long Beach.

“The message is that we have the three ships here year-round,” said Adolfo Perez, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “It’s easy to get away for the weekend or to take a longer trip south to the Mexican Riviera.”

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Carnival’s ships Inspiration and Imagination sail out of the Port of Long Beach on three- or four-day visits to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico (rates start at $169 per person, double occupancy).

Carnival Splendor mainly sails weeklong trips to Mexican ports such as Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan (rates start at $444 per person, double occupancy).

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A digital rendering of what the Carnival Panorama will look like. It will sail from Long Beach to Mexico next year.
(Carnival Cruise Line )

The cruise line recently enlarged and renovated its terminal in Long Beach and announced that it will bring a new ship, Carnival Panorama, to Southern California late next year. The ship will hold more than 4,000 passengers and take over the seven-day Mexican Riviera trips.

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“Carnival Panorama will be the first new ship to sail from the West Coast in a decade,” Perez said, adding that it will have some new amenities available, including a sky ride, an IMAX theater and a basketball court.

The cruise line, which is headquartered in Miami, has 26 ships operating three- to 24-day voyages around the world.

Info: Carnival, (800) 764-7419 or contact a travel agent

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