Carnival Cruise Lines has made two enhancements to its West Coast cruise operations, deploying two Spirit-class ships featuring a variety of Fun Ship 2.0 innovations as well as a wide selection of balcony staterooms.

The new deployments include Carnival Miracle introducing year-round, seven-day Mexican Riviera departures from Long Beach, beginning in October, and Carnival Legend operating the line’s Alaska programme from Seattle in May 2015. Miracle and Legend will also offer four Hawaii cruises in 2015/16.

Carnival Legend recently underwent an extensive makeover that added a range of new features, including WaterWorks highlighted by Green Thunder, the fastest and steepest water attraction at sea, and the RedFrog Pub, a Caribbean-inspired watering hole serving the line’s private label draught brew, ThirstyFrog Red.

A full-service Bonsai Sushi restaurant offering Asian specialties and Cherry On Top, a confections and novelty store, have also been added.

Carnival Miracle also offers a wide range of innovations, including the Serenity adults-only retreat featuring its own pool and full bar service, the Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez with up to 20 family friendly and adults-only shows each week, a wedding chapel, a 14,500sq. ft health and wellness facility, and an enclosed corkscrew water slide.

Miracle will also undergo a dry dock in March 2015 that will add a variety of additional Fun Ship 2.0 features.

Both vessels offer fun, supervised programs for children aged two-17, as well as nearly 850 ocean view and balcony staterooms.

Meanwhile, Carnival Miracle will introduce year-round Mexican Riviera cruising from Long Beach on October 4. The programme will encompass three different week-long itineraries, including a new three-port, seven-day cruise featuring Mazatlán on the majority of departures. In addition to the call in Mazatlán, a new three-port itinerary will feature the Mexican resort destinations of Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.

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, known for its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and the distinctive El Arco (The Arch), a 30-foot-high rock formation where the Pacific Ocean joins the Sea of Cortez.

Following its inaugural season in Australia, Legend will operate the line’s seasonal Alaska programme beginning in May 2015. In total, 16 week-long Alaska cruises will operate from the Port of Seattle from May 26 to September 8, 2015, departing each Tuesday. 

Port calls on th voyages include the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, as well as Victoria and cruising Tracy Arm Fjord or sailing Glacier Bay. Carnival Legend will also operate a special one-off eight-day Glacier Bay voyage departing Vancouver on May 18 and arriving in Seattle on May 26, 2015.

A wide range of shore excursions – from helicopter flightseeing and rainforest canopy tours to hiking, canoeing and kayaking expeditions – are also available.

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