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Carnival to reposition Elation to Galveston

Carnival<.> Cruise Lines announced that the 2,052-passenger Elation will launch the line`s first seven-day cruise program from…

Carnival<.> Cruise Lines announced that the 2,052-passenger Elation will launch the line`s first seven-day cruise program from Galveston, Texas, and the 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride will operate week-long Mexican Riviera sailings from the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles beginning in fall 2003.



The 70,000-ton Elation, currently based in Los Angeles, will begin service from Galveston Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, offering a one-of-a-kind exotic seven-day western Caribbean cruise program featuring a day-long call at Belize City, Belize; as well as visits to Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, Mexico.



The 88,500-ton Carnival Pride, currently home ported in Port Canaveral, Fla., will reposition to the West Coast to assume the Elation`s popular seven-day Mexican Riviera program Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003. Carnival Pride will depart from Carnival`s new state-of-the-art cruise terminal in Long Beach, which is in the Los Angeles area and being constructed in conjunction with Queen`s Seaport Development, Inc. The facility is expected to be operational in early 2003.



Southern California and Texas are both popular and convenient embarkation points for cruise vacations and we are very enthused to be increasing capacity from the Los Angeles area and Galveston by introducing these larger, amenity-laden ships into those markets, said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president.



First Seven-Day `Fun Ship` Cruise Program from Galveston Beginning Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003, the Elation will launch Carnival`s first year-round seven-day cruise program from Galveston, joining the 1,486-passenger Fun Ship Celebration which has operated four- and five-day cruises from that port since September 2000.



On its new seven-day program, the Elation will depart Galveston every Sunday and visit Belize, Cozumel and Progreso/Merida, each of which offers a variety of interesting sites and attractions, including various archaeological ruins and pyramids, as well as gorgeous white-sand beaches, and myriad shopping and water sports opportunities.



Carnival has enjoyed tremendous success since launching `Fun Ship` cruising from Galveston 18 months ago and deploying the Elation on our first seven-day program from Texas speaks volumes about the incredible growth potential of this region, said Dickinson. He added that the 1,486-passenger Jubilee, scheduled to begin four- and five-day cruises from Galveston Aug. 19, 2002, will operate that program through fall 2003 then be deployed to another homeport.



Commented Galveston Port Director Steven M. Cernak, Carnival and the Port of Galveston make a dynamic duo. Our business relationship has been outstanding. Carnival has shown their commitment to Galveston and the port intends to provide the necessary facility improvements to allow their Galveston operations to grow and prosper. We are pleased and excited that Carnival has chosen to expand its home port operations here and we look forward to a long, mutually rewarding partnership.



Seven-Day Mexican Riviera Voyages Aboard Carnival Pride Beginning Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, Carnival Pride will take over the Elation`s popular seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise program. Voyages will depart every Sunday from the new $40 million Long Beach Cruise Terminal at the Queen Mary, located adjacent to the historic 1936 ocean liner, which now serves as a tourist attraction, complete with three restaurants, catering, weddings, attractions and a 365-room hotel.



Carnival Pride`s new Mexican Riviera program will feature an extra-long nine-hour stay in scenic Cabo San Lucas, in addition to day-long visits to the seaside resort cities of Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, all famous for their centuries-old landmarks, excellent shopping and sport fishing opportunities, and magnificent beaches. Aside from providing a truly spectacular shipboard experience, Carnival Pride will offer guests the longest time in port of any cruise ship sailing the Mexican Riviera, Dickinson said.



It is very exciting to see the new Long Beach Cruise Terminal at the Queen Mary come to fruition. We are enthused at this opportunity to offer our attraction, hotel, shopping and dining facilities to Carnival passengers and are looking forward to the Carnival Pride`s first departure in September 2003, said Joseph Prevratil, president and CEO of Queen`s Seaport Development, Inc.



Carnival Pride, which entered service earlier this year, provides consumers with an exciting new Fun Ship option on this popular route and features such innovations as indoor and outdoor wrap-around promenades, a wedding chapel, and a reservations-only supper club offering prime aged beef and other gourmet cuisine. Additionally, Carnival Pride will offer the highest percentage of balconied staterooms of any year-round West Coast-based cruise ship.



Other `Fun Ship` voyages aboard Carnival Pride and Elation



Before repositioning to the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles, Carnival Pride will operate a series of eight-day exotic southern and western Caribbean voyages from Miami July 13 – Aug. 30, 2003. Eight-day southern Caribbean cruises will visit St. Maarten, Barbados and Martinique, while eight-day western Caribbean voyages will include stops at Belize; Limon, Costa Rica; and Colon, Panama.



Following this program, Carnival Pride will operate a 14-day Panama Canal cruise departing Miami Sept. 7 and arriving Long Beach/Los Angeles Sept. 21, 2003, positioning the vessel for its new seven-day Mexican Riviera schedule. Ports on the 14-day Panama Canal cruise will include Cartagena, Colombia prior to the Panama Canal transit; along with Puntarenas, Costa Rica; and Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.



Prior to the launch of its new Galveston-based cruise program, the Elation will operate a 14-day Panama Canal cruise departing Long Beach/Los Angeles Sept. 14 and arriving Galveston Sept. 28, 2003. Featured ports on this voyage include Acapulco, Mexico, prior to the Panama Canal transit, followed by visits to Cartagena, Colombia; and Cozumel, Mexico.

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