Carnival Cruise Line announced on Sunday that their newest cruise ship will be based in Long Beach, California. Carnival Panorama will begin sailing out of the company’s Long Beach Cruise Terminal sometime in 2019. The cruise line also plans to expand their facilities at the Port of Ensenada.
Carnival Panorama is currently under construction at Marghera Port in Venice, Italy. It is being built by Fincantieri, the largest shipbuilding company in Europe. The ship is a Vista-class cruise ship, one of three than Fincantieri has constructed for the cruise line. When completed, Carnival Panorama will have a beam width of 122 feet and will weigh 133,500 tons. The ship will hold enough space for around 3,900 passengers and will feature multiple attractions like an aqua park and a large recreation area. Carnival Panorama will also boast at least three restaurants, including a steakhouse.
Carnival also announced that Carnival Splendor will be undergoing renovations and moving to Australia. The ship will switch to Sydney Harbor in December 2019, making it the largest cruise ship based in Australia. Carnival currently has two smaller cruise ships sailing out of Sydney and operating in the Pacific, Carnival Spirit and Carnival Legend.
Carnival also plans to expand their port in Ensenada, Mexico, adding restaurants, stores and other attractions for disembarking passengers. Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration and Carnival Splendor currently stop at the port during their short cruises, which range from three to four days.