Carnival celebrated the completion of the Carnival Panorama’s exterior with a traditional maritime coin ceremony at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy. At the ceremony a commemorative coin was welded to the ship’s mast, according to a long-held tradition dating back to ancient Romans who believed doing so provided protection.
When it debuts, the Carnival Panorama will be the first new Carnival ship to homeport on the West Coast in over 20 years. To celebrate the occasion, the company has several special events planned. For the first time, Carnival will sponsor a float in the New Year’s Day Rose Parade. Starting the day before, the company will launch the Carnival AirShip which will fly over Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Bernardino and Riverside counties for a variety of events throughout the year.
The Carnival Panorama will debut in California next December. It will start off with a special three-day voyage on December 11, 2019, and then begin its standard cruising program on December 14. The ship will offer Mexican Riviera cruises out of Long Beach Cruise Terminal, stopping at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.
The ship will be the third of Carnival’s Vista-class ships, following Carnival Vista and Carnival Horizon. It will offer many of the same dining and activity options as these two ships, including a suspended course and a massive water park.