Imagination Arrives in Long Beach January 2014
2012-12-21 · By Editor
Carnival Cruise lines recently announced a new cruise ship, Carnival Imagination, will arrive into Long Beach, from Miami, in January 2014. Netting in an economic impact (EEI) of $65 million for the region, the addition of the new ship will double the terminal’s current capacity to 1 million passengers annually, making Long Beach the busiest cruise port on the West Coast (in terms of passenger capacity) and raise the Long Beach terminal from the 9th to the 4th busiest cruise terminal (in terms of passenger capacity) in the United States.
“I’m delighted to hear of Carnival’s plans to add another ship to be based out of Long Beach,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “Not only will the ship and its passengers have a significant local economic impact, but also there are environmental benefits as Carnival moves forward with cold ironing their ships while docked in Long Beach.”
The Carnival Imagination will be performing 3 and 4 day itineraries, stating every Thursday and Sunday. In order to accommodate this massive expansion, Carnival will be moving the Sunday departure (which will be become the Carnival Miracle on a seasonal basis as previously released) to Saturdays.
Overall, on a full year basis, the expansion of 104 calls per year will bring the total to approximately 224 calls per year — an increase of approximately 480,000 passengers on an annual basis.
Additionally, the Carnival Imagination, is a “cold ironed” ship that plugs into shore side power, thereby reducing fuel and enhancing an eco-friendly standard.
“We believe the addition of the Carnival Imagination will continue to elevate and build brand recognition of Long Beach as a prime destination in Southern California.” said Steve Goodling, president & CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The new ship also provides the opportunity for Long Beach to promote its waterfront and recent enhancements of the downtown area to Carnival’s 1 million visitors a year.”