Carnival Cruise's Carnival Miracle vessel returns to San Diego after 7-year hiatus

Carnival Cruise line returns to San Diego
Carnival Cruise line returns to San Diego
Posted at 11:58 AM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 20:50:21-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Carnival Cruise Line is returning to San Diego after sailing away from the city in 2012.

The cruise line will begin offering cruises in December 2019 on the 2,100-capacity Carnival Miracle, the Port of San Diego announced. Seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera, featuring stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas.

Two longer cruises on Carnival Journeys, setting sail to Hawaii and visiting popular destinations throughout the state.

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"The Port of San Diego is thrilled to welcome Carnival Cruise Line back," Rafael Castellanos, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, said. "The partnership between the Port and Carnival offers cruisers more travel options while providing even more economic benefit to the region."

Some of the cruises Carnival is planning for San Diego include:

  • Two five-day cruises to Cabo San Lucas.
  • Two three-day cruises to Ensenada.  
  • 2020 New Year’s four-day cruise to Baja Mexico.
  • Six-day cruise that includes two days in Cabo San Lucas and a day in Ensenada.
  • 13-day Panama Canal cruise that leaves San Diego and arrives in Miami, Fla.

Experts said each home-ported cruise - each cruise that leaves or embarks from San Diego- can bring in an economic impact of $2 million. 

80-year-old Beatrice Tiger said she is ready to contribute. For the last two years, she has been going on at least three, one-day cruises out of San Diego, a week. She even calls herself a “cruise-a-holic.” Once the Carnival Miracle arrives next year, she said she is ready to extend her trips to experience some Aloha. 

“I’m sure I can talk a gentleman friend into going with me!” she laughed. 

The Carnival Miracle had previously operated in San Diego before the cruise line pulled it to expand coverage in Australia.