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Carnival Cruise Line Returns to Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego is proud to announce the return of Carnival Cruise Line to San Diego for the first time in seven years with the arrival of Carnival Miracle in December 2019.

Carnival Miracle will be operating on a winter schedule, offering 10 voyages from the Port of San Diego.  The schedule kicks off on December 1, 2019, with a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera featuring stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas.

There will also be two longer-length Carnival Journeys voyages, which are a limited series of special sailings that last about 15 days.  These two cruises will sail from San Diego to Hawaii and visit popular destinations throughout the Aloha State.

Other offerings include two five-day cruises that sail to Cabo San Lucas and two three-day getaways to Ensenada.  New Year’s revelers can ring in 2020 on a special four-day New Year’s Baja Mexico cruise that departs from San Diego on December 30, 2019.  Additionally, there is a six-day cruise that includes two days in Cabo San Lucas and a day-long visit in Ensenada that departs from San Diego on January 6, 2020.

The final Carnival Miracle sailing of the season will be a 13-day Panama Canal Carnival Journeys cruise that leaves San Diego on February 1, 2020 and arrives in Miami, Florida on February 14, 2020.

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

Carnival Miracle is a 963-foot long vessel with a 2,124 guest capacity.  The ship has approximately 920 crew members and features 12 decks, several lounges, a variety of restaurants, waterslides and several other amenities.

In addition to Carnival Cruise Line, other cruise lines that sail from the Port of San Diego include Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.  Each homeported cruise – a cruise that begins or ends its voyage in San Diego – has an economic impact of $2 million on the region.

About Carnival Cruise Line:

Carnival Cruise Line, is part of Carnival Corporation.  It has 26 ships operating three-to 24-day voyages to the Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia.  The line currently has three new ships scheduled for delivery – the 133,500-ton Carnival Panorama set to debut in 2019 and two as-yet-unnamed 180,000-ton ships in 2020 and 2022.

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


Port of San Diego Maritime is our gateway to the world—leading our working waterfront and facilitating the movement of goods and people, internationally and domestically.

Port Maritime businesses employ thousands of residents and generate billions of dollars per year for the regional economy, creating a prosperous global economic engine for all.