There are now three large Carnival cruise ships leaving the Port of Long Beach.
The 1,060-foot Carnival Panorama, which made its maiden voyage just two years ago, and the Carnival Miracle were joined by the Carnival Radiance, which set sail on Monday, December 13.
The 2,984-passenger Carnival Radiance was formerly known as the Carnival Victory, which launched in 2000. The Radiance had its official name change ceremony on Sunday.
In preparation for Sunday night’s name change ceremony, the 895-foot Carnival Radiance received a facelift and a $ 200 million bow-to-stern makeover. The works included the addition of 110 suites and cabins. The ship is easily recognized by its distinctive blue and red striped design that Carnival Cruise Line first used on Mardi Gras in 2020.
The night began when the 963-foot Carnival Miracle left port for Ensenada, exchanging whistles with the Carnival Radiance.
“It was a beautiful evening celebrating the revitalization and a fresh start for a magnificent ship,” Second District Councilor Cindy Allen wrote in an email. “Carnival’s success in Long Beach will directly benefit our community, and with Carnival now sailing three ships from Long Beach, we’re going to see even greater economic impacts than ever before.
“Carnival activities at Long Beach boost jobs on the ship and ashore, and passengers often shop, play, dine and stay in Long Beach before boarding,” she added. “Long Beach is coming back strong from COVID-19 and carnival is an integral part of our recovery.”
The cruise line has taken more than 500,000 passengers to sea after the pandemic closures, according to Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. With Long Beach the home of the West Coast for Carnival, many have said that these large Long Beach-based cruise ships may be an indication of the future.
“The revival of the Carnival Radiance is another example of how Long Beach is leading the economic recovery,” John Keisler, director of the city’s economic development department, said in an email. Whether it’s launching satellites at Space Beach, cargo at the new Long Beach Container Terminal, or welcoming thousands of new visitors with new, world-class cruise ships calling at the Cruise Terminal at Long Beach, the economy of Long Beach is growing which will create new economic opportunities for all families in Long Beach.
The highlight of the evening was when the ship’s godmother, Dr Lucille O’Neal, and her son, Carnival Chief Fun Officer and Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal, helped pour champagne on top of a bell. of traditional ship, officially naming the ship. Earlier in the evening, the mother-and-son duo officially opened Big Chicken, an onboard restaurant created by the NBA Hall of Fame, with menu items based on recipes from the O’Neal family.