Carnival to homeport in San Francisco in 2020, while San Diago season expanded

Carnival Cruise Line has announced an expansion of its 2020 West Coast cruise program, with Carnival Miracle to cruise roundtrip from San Francisco for the first time, in addition to an extended San Diego season.

Carnival Miracle’s homeport season in San Francisco will include four- to 15-day voyages to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico from March, 2020 until October, 2020, when she will then reposition to San Diego, cruising roundtrip on three- to 15-day voyages to Mexico, Catalina Island and Hawaii until 2021.

Carnival Miracle is a sister-ship to Dubai-based Costa Mediterranea

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The announcement of the second San Diego cruise season follows the market’s strong reception to a previously announced program the city in 2019, Carnival Cruise Line said in a release.

“Carnival is the number one cruise operator from the West Coast, and these new programs from San Francisco and San Diego, as well as the deployment of the brand new Carnival Panorama from Long Beach, speaks volumes to our confidence in growing this important market,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival Panorama will be the first new Carnival ship to homeport on the West Coast in 20 years.

Carnival Cruise Line will be cruising from 19 North American homeports in 2020, meaning that roughly half the US population will be within a five-hour drive of a Carnival homeport.

Carnival Miracle’s San Francisco cruise season

Carnival’s first-ever cruise season in San Francisco will begin on March 19, 2020 with a four-day cruise to Ensenada. These long-weekend cruises will depart every Thursday, returning on the Monday, throughout the spring and summer.

Carnival Miracle will also cruise five-day and six-day voyages to Ensenada, Catalina Island and San Diego in the spring.

In the summer, there’ll be a schedule of 10-day Alaskan cruises round-trip from San Francisco featuring a variety of popular destinations throughout the Last Frontier, including Juneau, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point, as well as opportunities to visit Sitka and cruise Tracy Arm Fjord. 

Rounding out the diverse itinerary is a special one-time 11-day Alaska cruise departing August 9, 2020 and a 15-day cruise departing April 16, 2020 from San Francisco to Hawaii, with port calls to Maui (Kahului), Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, and Kauai, as well as a stop in Ensenada.

The cruise port of Ensenada (picture courtesy Cruise Mapper)

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Prior to her West Coast deployment, Carnival Miracle will cruise a 17-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal transit from March 2 to 19, 2020, calling at Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; and Limon, Costa Rica prior to the Panama Canal transit followed by calls at Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Carnival Journeys cruises offer unique local culinary and entertainment experiences as well as special activities, including a 1980s-themed Throwback Sea Day.

Carnival Miracle’s San Diego cruise season

After her San Francisco season, Carnival Miracle will reposition to San Diego and operate a winter schedule of voyages beginning October 4, 2020. 

The cruise season includes convenient three-day getaways to Ensenada, four-day sailings to Ensenada and Catalina Island, and five-day departures that spend two full days in the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas.

Also offered are four 15-day Carnival Journeys Hawaii cruises round-trip from San Diego departing October 16 and November 28, 2020, and January 9 and February 20, 2021. 

Featured ports include Hilo, Kona, Kauai (Nawiliwili), Maui (Kahului) and Honolulu, as well as stop in Ensenada, providing guests with a variety of landside experiences in this tropical Polynesian paradise.

Carnival Miracle is a Spirit-class cruise ship, delivered in 2004. She is a sister ship to Costa Mediterranea, which is homeporting in Dubai this coming cruise season. Although operated by Costa Cruises, she shares the same basic design as Costa is owned by Carnival.

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