Carnival Cruise Line Sailing out of San Francisco in 2020

The Carnival Miracle sails on the western Caribbean sea, headed to Cozumel, Mexico. The 960-foot-long liner can accommodate about 2,124 guests. Former Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch is the ship’s godmother. (Photo by Andy Newman/CCL)

If you are a resident of Southern California you might have noticed that in recent years there have been limited Carnival ships that sail out of the port of San Pedro, Long Beach or San Diego. All of the bigger ships seem to sail out of Florida, or Texas. But all of that is changing in 2020!!!

Carnival Cruise Line today announced that for the first time, it will offer a series of cruises from San Francisco, with Carnival Miracle operating a diverse schedule that includes four- to 15-day voyages to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico in 2020.

Dr. Frankenstein’s Lab discoteque is one of 16 bars and lounges in the Carnival Miracle, a 960-foot-cruise liner owned by Carnival Cruise Lines. The ship can accommodate 2,124 guests. (Photo by Andy Newman/CCL)

Following strong reception to a previously announced program from San Diego in 2019, Carnival Miracle will also return to the port for a winter 2020-21 schedule of three- to 15-day voyages.

With the addition of San Francisco, Carnival operates from 19 North American homeports, providing a convenient and cost-effective means for its guests to get to and from their cruises.  Roughly half of the U.S. population is within a five-hour drive of a Carnival homeport.

Carnival’s Inaugural Schedule from San Francisco

Tucked in the forward section of the Carnival Miracle, Gatsby’s Garden is a quiet venue to enjoy a book and a cup of coffee. (Photo by Andy Newman/CCL)

Carnival’s first-ever schedule from San Francisco kicks off March 19, 2020, aboard Carnival Miracle, and will include four-day long weekend voyages to Ensenada departing Thursdays and returning Mondays throughout the spring and summer, as well as five-day and six-day cruises to Ensenada, Catalina Island and San Diego in the spring. 

The ship will also offer a summer schedule of 10-day Alaska cruises round-trip from San Francisco featuring a variety of popular destinations throughout the Last Frontier, including Juneau, Skagway, and Icy Strait Point as well as opportunities to visit Sitka and cruise Tracy Arm Fjord.  There’s also a special one-time 11-day Alaska cruise departing Aug. 9, 2020.

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The nine-deck-high Metropolis Atrium is a popular meeting point onboard the Carnival Miracle. (Photo by Andy Newman/CCL)

Exciting Longer Length Voyages

A 15-day Carnival Journeys Hawaii cruise round-trip from San Francisco departs April 16, 2020, calling at awe-inspiring destinations across the Aloha State, including Maui (Kahului), Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, and Kauai, as well as a stop in Ensenada.

Prior to its West Coast deployment, Carnival Miracle will offer a 17-day Carnival Journeys Panama Canal transit March 2-19, 2020, calling at Santa Marta and Cartagena, Colombia; and Limon, Costa Rica prior to the Panama Canal transit followed by calls at Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  

Carnival Journeys cruises offer unique local culinary and entertainment experiences as well as special activities, including a 1980s-themed Throwback Sea Day.

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Housed beneath the forward portion of Carnival Miracle’s distinctive funnel is Nick & Nora’s, the ship’s alternative, fine-dining restaurant. (Photo by Andy Newman/CCL)

Winter Schedule from San Diego

Carnival Miracle will operate a winter schedule of voyages from San Diego beginning Oct. 4, 2020.  The program includes convenient three-day getaways to Ensenada, four-day sailings to Ensenada and Catalina Island, and five-day departures that spend two full days in the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas. 

Also offered are four 15-day Carnival Journeys Hawaii cruises round-trip from San Diego departing Oct. 16 and Nov. 28, 2020, and Jan. 9 and Feb. 20, 2021.  Featured ports include Hilo, Kona, Kauai (Nawiliwili), Maui (Kahului) and Honolulu, as well as stop in Ensenada, providing guests with a variety of landside experiences in this tropical Polynesian paradise.

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