Departure of the first Carnival cruise ship for a sailing trip


The first of 17 sailabration cruises departed from Long Beach, California on February 20. Carnival Miracle sailed with approximately 2,000 guests on what will be a week of celebrations as the ship heads to Hawaii.

Carnival Miracle The current 14-day Carnival Journey cruise to Hawaii is the first of seventeen voyages celebrating the cruise line’s 50th anniversary. Most other Sailabrations will depart the week of March 5 and last three to eight nights.

The first 2,000 guests board a Carnival Sailabrations cruise

On Sunday, the 2,000 guests embarking for Carnival Miracle had more than enough reason to celebrate. First, they embarked on a 14-day cruise to Hawaii; second, they were the first guests to celebrate Carnival Cruise Line’s 50th anniversary in style.

“From the moment our guests walk into our terminals, they’ll know they’re at the biggest and best birthday party ever. We only turned 50 once, so we had to think big, and what’s bigger than a one-year birthday party that starts with our special Sailabrations cruises,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

Carnival Miracle Sailabration Cruise (Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

The 50th anniversary of the world’s most famous cruise line has finally begun. These birthday cruises will include ship-to-ship encounters at sea, special entertainment, unique activities, special occasion menus, such as a one-night commemorative menu that includes some of the most popular carnival dishes of the past 50 years, and more.

“As we kick off our year-round 50th anniversary celebration, we are thrilled to have Carnival Miracle be the first to embark on our special Sailabrations cruises. We are ready to show our guests the celebration of a lifetime with unique entertainment experiences and exciting limited-time offers,” said Duffy.

Carnival Miracle will arrive in Honolulu on February 25; she will then visit Maui, Kona and Hilo. After sailing to North America, Carnival Miracle will visit Ensenada on March 5, the same day as the Fun Ship Meetup with Carnival Shard.

Carnival Miracle Sailabration Cruise
Carnival Miracle Sailabration Cruise (Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

What other Fun Ship events are scheduled?

Over the next few weeks, all operational ships will find themselves in different sailing areas. If you’ve booked on a Carnival Cruise ship in the coming weeks and are wondering if your ship will also host a Fun Ship Meetup during your cruise, read on.

Carnival Shard and Carnival Miracle will meet in Baja, Mexico outside of Ensenada on March 5. On March 7, a huge congregation of Carnival ships will gather in the Western Caribbean between Cozumel and Costa Maya. The vessels concerned will be Carnival Breeze, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Glory, Mardi Gras, Carnival Pride, Carnival Sunrise, and Carnival Vista.

Carnival Conquest, Carnival Spirit, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Legend, Carnival Freedomand carnival sun will meet in the Bahamas between Eleuthera and Nassau on March 9. On March 11, there will be a second meeting for Carnival Miraclewhen she meets Carnival Panoramaalso outside of Ensenada.

There will be different celebrations throughout the year on Carnival ships, culminating in the arrival of Carnival’s newest cruise, Carnival Celebration. Mardi Gras’ sister ship will be named PortMiami in November 2022 upon arrival in its new homeport.

Carnival Miracle in Long Beach

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