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Carnival Expanding Mexico Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line is making moves in Mexico.

Posted: February 13, 2018

Carnival Expanding Mexico Cruises



The company has announced plans to deploy its Carnival Panorama ship to Long Beach beginning next year, the first new Carnival ship based in Southern California in two decades, while reopening its 146,000-square-foot cruise terminal in Long Beach, all part of an expansion in Mexico cruise offerings.

Carnival is also planning a multimillion-dollar port development project in Ensenada, Mexico.

“This is a momentous occasion for both Carnival and the City of Long Beach – not only are we celebrating the grand re-opening of this magnificent cruise terminal, but also demonstrating our commitment to the West Coast with the deployment of the spectacular new Carnival Panorama in 2019 and the announcement of an exciting new port development project in Ensenada,” said Duffy. “The West Coast is an important market with vast growth potential and these initiatives further demonstrate the confidence in our future success in Long Beach. We are very much looking forward to having Carnival Panorama homeported here beginning next year.”

Carnival’s third Vista-class ship, Panorama, will operate seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera, while the Carnival Splendor ship will arrive in Long Beach to operate seven-day Mexico cruises as well.

Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration will be operating three and four-day cruises that include a stop in Ensenada.

“[The Ensenada project] will provide our guests with a truly unique shoreside experience while making our short cruises from Long Beach even more attractive to consumers,” said Torres de Navarra. “This port development project will make Ensenada one of the West Coast’s premier destinations.”

By the Caribbean Journal staff




Romance in Hawaii

Shared from Travel Agent Magazine

Posted: February 7, 2018

Romance in Hawaii

While there is plenty of romance to be had at some of Hawaii's best hotels, Travel Agent breaks down some romantic spots outside of a resort in the Aloha State for Valentine's Day. Here are some of the most beautiful lookouts and beaches for that client looking to pop the question or to simply spend a memorable day with a loved one.

Maui

Whether Kapalua Bay is the best beach in all of Maui can be up for debate, but most experts and Hawaii tourism officials agree that it is one of the most sheltered beaches in Maui. Because of the seclusion it offers, we recommend this beach for romantics looking for some privacy. The surrounding area is mostly dominated by the Montage Kapalua Bay and condominium communities, giving the impression that it is exclusive. But the bay is still open to the public.

Romantics spending Valentine's Day on Maui should pack a small bag with a blanket and camp out for a bit at the top of Haleakala Crater to see the best sunrise Maui has to offer. Rising more than 10,000 feet above sea level, Haleakala National Park is home to Maui's highest peak. Both tourists and locals are known to wake up early to drive up to the Haleakala Visitor Center. On a clear morning, seeing the sunrise from the summit of Haleakala is an unforgettable experience. If a proposal was part of your client's Valentine's Day plan, this is the place to do it. If a little action-adventure is desired, this is also a great spot for some incredible horseback riding.

Kauai

Poipu Beach Park is often considered Kauai’s most popular beach. But since it draws a big family population because of its natural wading pool for young swimmers, it may not be the best setting for some quiet, alone time with your loved one. Instead, we recommend the much more secluded and lesser-known Kauapea Beach, commonly referred to as “Secret Beach.”

This practically empty, half-mile stretch of beach is not easy to get to, as there are no public roads that lead to it. But that’s why it’s so unpopulated.

Instead, clients should take the Kuhio Highway past Kilauea and turn right on Kalihiwai Road. Follow the road for less than a mile, turn right onto an unmarked road and look for the footpath at the end of the parking area. This steep trail leads to the west end of the beach. With enough seclusion to enjoy some privacy with your loved one, this is the best spot for a romantic picnic for two with beautiful views of the ocean and Kilauea lighthouse. Beware, however, that this is NOT a safe swimming beach.

Oahu

The best beach in Oahu for some secluded romance is Diamond Head Beach. This a great spot for some light water sports or sunbathing, but the best part is that there are hardly any people on Diamond Head Beach.

Another unique option for proposing in Oahu is located not too far from Diamond Head Beach. At the top of Leahi, commonly referred to as Diamond Head, is a 760-foot tuff crater that is often considered one of Hawaii's most famous landmarks.

It only takes a short drive or bus ride to get to Diamond Head Crater from Waikiki. This moderately challenging trail includes two sets of stairs, totaling 175 steps, as well as dark, underground tunnels and old military bunkers that require a flashlight.

If you plan to hike on Saturday morning, be sure to swing by the Kapiolani Community College Farmer’s Market, a farmer's market showcasing locally grown food and produce.

Hawaii Island

Couples in love should be sure to sneak a photo at the Akaka Falls State Park, located along the northeastern Hamakua Coast. Couples can take in two gorgeous waterfalls on one short hike. As you follow the paved footpath, you'll first see 100-foot Kahuna Falls. Clients should then continue to follow the loop around the bend, where they'll discover Akaka Falls, which plummets 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge. This hike takes less than an hour.

For more about Hawaiian Romance, visit Go Hawaii!