Carnival Cruise Lines’ 2,124-passenger Carnival Pride will operate a series of eight-day cruises from San Diego, Calif., to the Mexican Riviera beginning in March 2009. Featured ports on this itinerary include Acapulco, famous for its sizzling nightlife, excellent beaches, myriad shopping and dining experiences, and death-defying cliff divers; Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, offering a unique combination of a quaint fishing village and world-class resort renowned for crystal-clear waters and gorgeous white-sand beaches; and Manzanillo, offering magnificent beaches and a variety of watersports opportunities.

Carnival Pride will operate the eight-day schedule from San Diego March 22 – April 30, 2009 (the vessel will also operate a seven-day Mexican Riviera cruise from San Diego departing April 23, 2009).

“These eight-day Mexican Riviera voyages from San Diego provide a convenient and affordable option for sailing one of the world’s most beautiful cruising regions aboard a truly magnificent and innovative ‘Fun Ship,’” said Bob Dickinson, Carnival president and CEO.

The 88,500-ton Carnival Pride offers a highly memorable vacation experience, with amenities that include a reservations-only supper club located at the top of a soaring nine-deck-high atrium, indoor and outdoor promenades, and 16 lounges and bars, including an elaborate multi-level theater showcasing lavish revues.

Also featured is a wedding chapel, 13,300-square-foot health and fitness center, a full gambling casino, and extensive areas for children’s and teens, part of the line’s top-rated “Camp Carnival” and “Club O2” programs, respectively. In addition to an Internet café, Carnival Pride offers Wi-Fi access and cell phone service.

Carnival Pride also offers a wide range of accommodation categories, including several levels of private balcony staterooms and suites. All of the Pride’s 1,062 staterooms feature the Carnival Comfort Bed sleep system with plush mattresses, luxurious duvets and high quality linens and pillows.

Prior to the start-up of its San Diego-based cruises, Carnival Pride will continue its current schedule of seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises from Long Beach, Calif., through the departure of March 15, 2009. The new 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor will assume the Carnival Pride’s year-round seven-day Mexican Riviera itinerary beginning March 29, 2009.

Reservations are currently being accepted for the Carnival Pride’s Mexican Riviera cruises from San Diego. Prices for the eight-day cruises start at $ 579 per person; the seven-day cruise starts at $479, based on double occupancy. Special discounts for third and fourth guests and round-trip air supplements from dozens of North American gateways are also available.

For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit


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