Early Debut for Carnival Ship, Introduces More Itineraries

Carnival Cruise Line is adding more cruises from the West Coast, debuting a ship early, and including new cruises to Mexico and Hawaii for 2025-2026.

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

Carnival is offering Mexican itineraries from short weekend getaways to longer 15-day voyages. Newly added trips feature destinations like Cabo San Lucas and Ensenada in Mexico and Catalina Island in California.

Highlights from the West Coast

  • Carnival Firenze will debut early from Long Beach, California, on April 25, 2024.
  • Carnival Radiance will offer six new Carnival Journeys cruises to Hawaii from Long Beach.
  • Carnival Panorama will sail to Mexico.

Hawaiian Cruises

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Known for offering longer and more leisurely cruise experiences, Carnival Journeys has six itineraries from Long Beach to Hawaii. 14-day trips onboard Carnival Radiance will explore popular Hawaiian islands that include Honolulu, Hilo, Kauai, and Maui—plus a stop at Ensenada, Mexico. 

The departures of the different Carnival Journeys in 2025 are scheduled for October 18 and November 29. Meanwhile, its 2026 trips leave on January 10, February 7, March 7, and April 4. 

Launched in 2000, Carnival Radiance has become known for the BlueIguana Cantina, the RedFrog Pub, and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Bar-B-Que Smokehouse.

It was upgraded in 2021 with new drinking and dining options and additional entertainment. Inside, the vessel offers mini-golf, a ropes course, and a waterpark for kids.

Carnival Firenze: The second ‘new’ ship

Those who want to experience Firenze can join its four- to six-day sailings. The six-day cruises include a two-day stop at Cabo San Lucas. 

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Originally owned and operated by Costa Cruises, Firenze was acquired by Carnival and will debut as part of its fleet through a recently opened sailing on April 25, 2024.

For its inaugural cruise, it will embark on a seven-day journey that will take guests to Mexican destinations Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta. 

Firenze is a celebration of Italian culture named after a city in Florence, Italy. This is reflected in the vessel’s overall design, interiors, and the amenities onboard.

Guests can look forward to Il Viaggio, its new specialty restaurant. It will also adopt Italian-themed deck parties, which have been a hit among passengers of sister ship Carnival Venezia, another acquisition from Costa.

Carnival Radiance, Carnival Panorama, and Carnival Firenze are among the ships expected to homeport in Long Beach in 2025.

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