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As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s year-long 50th birthday celebrations, Carnival Miracle departed the Port of Long Beach this past weekend, marking the first of 17 Sailabrations cruises. The commemorative birthday sailings run through March 10, 2022 and feature at-sea ship meetups, special entertainment and programming.

Carnival Miracle welcomed approximately 2,000 guests during embarkation to a birthday party complete with music and decor. Once on board, the fun continued with a 50th Birthday Bash Sailaway Party.

Carnival Miracle’s 14-day Sailabrations cruise stops in Honolulu, Maui, Kona, Hilo and Ensenada. On March 5, Carnival Miracle will meet up with Carnival Radiance in Baja, Mexico, outside of Ensenada, to host one of history’s biggest birthday parties at sea.

“As we kick-off our year-long 50th Birthday celebration, we are thrilled that Carnival Miracle is the first to set sail on our special Sailabrations cruises,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in a press release statement. “We’re ready to show our guests the celebration of a lifetime with unique entertainment experiences and exciting limited-time offerings.”

Carnival restarted operations from Long Beach in August 2021 and will have its entire fleet back in service by this summer.

Fun Facts from Carnival’s 50 Years:

  • Carnival has been a presence on the West Coast for about 40 years, operating week-long cruises from Southern California in the 1980s and introducing short cruises in the mid-1990s.
  • Carnival Corporation acquired the Long Beach Cruise Terminal, including a portion of the geodesic dome—once home to Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose—in 2003. In 2018, Carnival Corporation purchased the remaining portion of the dome and dramatically expanded the facility with significant upgrades. The expansion more than doubled the size of the terminal to 146,000 sq. ft.

For additional information on Carnival’s Sailabrations voyages visit