The Carnival Cruise Line, once a regular presence in San Diego, announced Thursday that it would return after seven years of absence at the end of next year, planning several trips to Mexico, Hawaii and the Panama Canal
New departures between December 2019 and February 2020 will vary widely in duration, from three- and five-day flights to 14- and 15-day flights to Hawaii.
While Carnival operates regularly from its home port on the West Coast In 2012, she decided to leave San Diego after bringing the last of her ships, the Carnival Spirit, to Australia. At the time, the ship made 27 calls to San Diego a year. Its last official call to San Diego was April 201
Next year's program begins with a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera, which begins on December 1st.
"We return to San Diego after a series of factors such as the recent expansion of the fleet by adding four ships to our fleet since leaving San Diego and expanding capacity in Sydney with Carnival Splendor, creating a Spirit-class ship for the Navy clear the San Diego market, "said Carnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen. "We are delighted to be back here, it is a great market and part of a larger expansion of the West Coast, with a new ship going to Long Beach and refurbishment of our terminal, which is an example of our continued confidence in The West Coast Market. "
Carnival will not announce any plans for the next year's cruise season, but Maritime Port of San Diego's Maritime Director, Joel Valenzuela, said the Carnival officials would have indicated the cruise line would be ready in To return to the extended years with extended routes, if the scheduled cruises run well.
"They have the capacity, but obviously they will not bring ships if they do not think they are profitable." This is the 2124-person wonder currently operating in Tampa, Florida
- Seven-Day Cruise to Mexican Riviera
- Two Three-Day Short Breaks to Ensenada
- Two Five-Day Travels and a Two-Day Six-Day Cruise in Cabo San Lucas
- A four-day New Year's trip to Baja California
- A 14-Day and a 15-Day Sailing Tour to Hawaii
- 13-Day Panama Canal Crui Se Ending in Miami
In recent years, the cruise industry of San Diego has rebounded after a sharp decline in early days of the decade when several cruise lines left San Diego or their travel plans due to growing drug-related violence and complaints about Tired Goals along the north the coast of Mexico.
While the number of cruise calls in San Diego has been fairly static in recent years, the number of passengers has increased significantly, from more than 198,000 in 2015 to an estimated 295,000 in fiscal 2018-19, according to the San Diego Unified Port District. For 2019-20, passenger numbers are expected to increase to more than 350,000. This is still a long way from the peak in 2008, when the number of passengers reached 900,000.
"The return of Carnival is a signal that customers are ready to return to the Mexican Riviera, and a number of ports have differentiated their offers," Valenzuela said. "For example, Ensenada has refreshed its embarcadero and offers even more interesting day trips, including the Valle de Guadalupe (wine country), so there is more to do."
Another sign of resurgence in the San Diego market is the growing presence of Disney Cruise Line in recent years. With only two departures in 2014, Disney launched modest 19 cruises in the 2017-18 season, which just ended, and is expanding to 24 calls when the season begins again this fall, Valenzuela said.
"I think Carnival could have been If you look at your competitors and see that they are growing and thinking, maybe we need to look at this market again," he said.