Carnival Cruise Line has officially changed the name of Carnival Victory to Carnival Radiance. The ship, built in 2000 and can accommodate up to 3,738 guests, is nearing completion of its $200 million bow-to-stern refurbishment in Cadiz, Spain.
As the third Carnival Sunshine-class ship, Carnival Radiance is planned to depart from the shipyard in Cadiz on October 18, 2021. From there, it will take seven weeks to complete the transatlantic crossing and a Panama Canal transit to reach the ship’s new homeport in Long Beach, California. Along the way, Carnival Radiance will make a port visit to Miami before heading to Central America to transit the Panama Canal.
Carnival Victory Renamed Carnival Radiance
Beginning Dec. 13, 2021, Carnival Radiance begins sailing from Southern California with a year-round schedule of three- and four-day cruises to Baja, Mexico from Long Beach Cruise Terminal, owned and operated by Carnival Corporation.
The three-day cruises will depart on Friday and cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. The four-day cruises leave on Mondays and visit Ensenada and Catalina Island.
Carnival Radiance will now feature all of Carnival’s popular Fun Ship 2.0 dining, beverage and entertainment spaces. New to Carnival and debuted on Mardi Gras, is Big Chicken, a casual poolside eatery linked to Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal.
Also added to Carnival Radiance is Cucina del Capitano, Carnival’s signature Italian restaurant. Guy’s Pig and Anchor BBQ, Steakhouse, Bonsai Sushi and more dining options that ring familiar to other Carnival ships.
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There will be more entertainment options that include the multi-purpose Liquid Lounge and Serenity, the adults-only retreat. The ship will also sport one of the cruise line’s largest Cloud 9 Spas at sea as well as a choice of Cloud 9 Spa Staterooms, both interior and balcony.
“The transformation of Carnival Victory has been in the works for quite some time but we’re delighted that she can now be officially be called Carnival Radiance — the newest member of our fleet,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Carnival Radiance features all of our most popular spaces and provides a truly unique and exciting vacation option for the Southern California short cruise market.”
When Carnival Radiance arrives at its new home in Long Beach, the traditional naming ceremony will take place. Details of the event have not been finalized and expected to be announced soon.
Also calling the port of Long Beach as their new homeport will be Carnival Miracle and Carnival Panorama. Carnival Miracle offers short cruises to Mexico while Carnival Panorama will cruise seven-day Mexican Riviera itineraries.
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