The Carnival Miracle in the Caribbean. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

The world’s largest cruise line is returning to San Diego after seven years with the arrival of the Carnival Miracle in December 2019.

Carnival Miracle, a 963-foot long vessel with a 2,124-guest capacity, will be operating on a winter schedule, offering 10 voyages from the Port of San Diego.

The schedule kicks off with a seven-day cruise to the Mexican Riviera featuring stops in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.

“The Port of San Diego is thrilled to welcome Carnival Cruise Line back,” said Rafael Castellanos, chairman port board. “The partnership between the port and Carnival offers cruisers more travel options while providing even more economic benefit to the region.”

According to Cruise Market Watch, Carnival and its associated brands constitute the largest cruise operator in terms of both passengers and revenue.

In addition to Carnival, other cruise lines that sail from San Diego include Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.

Each home port cruise – a cruise that begins or ends its voyage in San Diego – has an economic impact of $2 million on the region, according to estimates by the port.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.