Officials Welcome Carnival Splendor to LB Cruise Terminal
2009-04-06 · By Editor
Yesterday afternoon, Mayor Bob Foster, Harbor Commissioner Susan E. Wise and other notable Long Beach dignitaries and members of the hospitality community officially welcomed the Carnival Splendor to its new West Coast Home Port, the Long Beach Cruise Terminal. The Mayor presented the Splendor’s Captain, Claudio Cupisti, with a presentation plaque featuring Long Beach’s official seal and a gold key to the city.
In anticipation of the Carnival Splendor’s arrival, the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, owned and operated by Carnival’s parent company Carnival Corporation & plc, has undergone an $8 million upgrade. The Carnival Splendor is newest and largest ship in the Carnival Cruise Line fleet and replaces the Carnival Pride. The ship will sail on Sundays from the Long Beach Cruise Terminal on 7-day excursions through the Mexican Riviera.
Based on information collected by the Office of Economic Research at California State University, Carnival Cruise Lines’ Long Beach operations have a significant impact on the local economy, with $82.4 million in direct expenditures generating an employment impact of 525 jobs with an annual payroll of $18.2 million. The arrival of Carnival Splendor is expected to generate an additional $14 million in direct annual expenditures – this impact will be immediate.
A new class of vessel for the line, the 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor offers a wide range of on-board facilities and features, highlighted by a two-level 21,000-square foot health spa – the
largest in the fleet. Adjacent to the facility are 68 spa staterooms and suites – a first for Carnival.
“The size, capacity and appeal of the Carnival Splendor gives us the opportunity to showcase the revitalization of Long Beach and our beautiful skyline to the many thousands of passengers
who will set sail on this incredible ship,” said Steve Goodling, president & CEO of the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We believe this experience will generate repeat visits by many of these passengers.”
Carnival Splendor Statistics
- Gross Tonnage: 113,300 tons
- Length: 952 feet
- Passenger Decks: 13
- Cruising Speed: 21 knots
- Guest Capacity: 3,006 (double occupancy)
- Total Guest Staterooms: 1503
- Total staff: 1,150