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For the first time in 17 months, a cruise ship will sail from California this weekend

Aug. 20, 2021
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Carnival Panorama Exterior
For the first time in 17 months, a cruise ship will sail from California this weekend
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Carnival Panorama will be the first vessel to depart from California in nearly 17 months when it sets sail from Long Beach on Saturday.

The 4,008-passenger ship will embark on a weeklong Mexican Riviera itinerary, calling on Cabo San Lucas and Mazatlan.

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Carnival Cruise Line's Carnival Panorama has one of the line's signature WaterWorks waterparks. (Photo by Gene Sloan/The Points Guy)

Like most places, the Golden State has been devoid of cruises since the onset of the pandemic. In recent years, even before COVID-19, California saw a decline in the number of cruise ships based there -- particularly newer ones, such as Carnival Panorama, which debuted in 2019.

Among its amenities, the ship features a Sky Zone trampoline park; SkyRide, an aerial bike ride attraction; WaterWorks aqua park; and the Carnival Kitchen experience, where one of the onboard chefs teaches cooking classes for passengers.

Carnival's ships are currently sailing at about 75% capacity. Following a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases on some ships, the line instituted mandatory mask-wearing and pre-cruise testing for all passengers.

Featured image by Carnival Panorama (Photo courtesy of Carnival)
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