Carnival Miracle will depart Saturday (Oct. 4) from Long Beach, Calif., on the first voyage of a new year-round cruise program to the Mexican Riviera.
The ship will be among the first to visit Cabo San Lucas following Hurricane Odile when it calls there Oct. 6 and will be loaded with relief supplies provided by Carnival for local residents.
Carnival Miracle’s new year-round Mexican Riviera program will encompass three different week-long itineraries, including a new three-port, seven-day cruise featuring Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas.
During the ship’s first visit to Cabo, the crew will be off-loading several pallets of bottled water, canned food, cereal, diapers, paper products, personal items and other supplies for local residents.
“We have been in close contact with officials in Cabo San Lucas and have sent our own teams there to evaluate the recovery process,” said Carnival president Gerry Cahill. “The residents, along with local, state and federal authorities, have worked extremely hard to ready the destination to receive visitors and revitalize the economic contribution that tourism brings to the area. At the same time, local residents are still in need of relief supplies and it is extremely gratifying to be resuming our Mexican Riviera cruise program while doing some good for the local community.”
Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, of Mexico’s ministry of tourism, commented, “Our tourism destinations are ready to receive visitors. Tourism is an important part of the local economy and we are grateful for everyone’s contribution to the recovery of Los Cabos. The destination is ready for cruise passengers and the majority of restaurants, shops and tours are ready to be enjoyed.”
Miracle’s year-round schedule from Long Beach also includes two other itinerary options. The first is a seven-day, two-port itinerary that features a stop in Cabo San Lucas, along with a two-day overnight stay in Puerto Vallarta. The second alternate itinerary includes a visit to Puerto Vallarta, along with a two-day call at Cabo San Lucas.