Carnival Cruise Ship Arrives Home After 8-Month Absence

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The Carnival Panorama cruise ship has finally returned to the Port of Long Beach in California after an 8-month absence. One of the fleet’s newest ships has spent much of her time anchored and repatriating crew members.

Carnival Panorama Finally Returns Home

The third and final Vista-class cruise ship for Carnival has finally returned home for the first time since April 2020. According to our Cruise Ship Tracker, the vessel arrived at the port before 7:30 AM local time.

Related: 30 Things to Do in Long Beach CA Before or After a Cruise

The ship has spent the last several days sailing up off Baja, Mexico, after spending time being anchored near the Panama Canal on the Pacific entrance side. Before that, Carnival Panorama had been busy sailing in Asia as part of the cruise line’s huge repatriation effort. The ship visited several countries to get the crew back home safely as Carnival Cruise Line suspended operations since March 2020.

Preparing for Cruises

This is now the first time the ship has arrived back home and signifies that things are starting to happen for the resumption of cruises in 2021. Even though Carnival Cruise Line is not returning to service until March 2021, a lot of preparation needs to be done before.

The crew needs to be brought back to the ship, and the requirements from the CDC on the Conditional Sailing Order need to be followed. Health measures need to be introduced to make sure cruises can resume safely.

Carnival Panorama Cruise Ship
Photo Credit: Carnival Cruise Line

Se to Begin Cruising in March 2021

Carnival Panorama will be among the first cruise ships in the fleet to resume operations. She will restart from March 6, 2021, out of Long Beach, California, her year-round homeport.

Also Read: 21 Reasons You Should Take a Carnival Panorama Cruise

According to the official booking engine, the first sailing will be a 7-day Mexican Riviera itinerary departing on a Saturday. The ship is scheduled to make calls at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. This is set to be Carnival’s Sailabration and includes a special fun ship meetup.

The Carnival cruise ship is one of the most advanced in the fleet and was the newest before Mardi Gras was delivered just days ago! Carnival Panorama is 133,500 gross tons with a guest capacity of 4,008 at double occupancy along with 1,450 crew members.

Main Photo Credit: Howard Freshman /

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