In conjunction with the West Coast debut the new 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor, Carnival Cruise Lines and the Los Angeles Food Bank teamed up on a food collection drive prior to a special two-day familiarization cruise for travel agents from the Port of Los Angeles. 


Travel agents embarking on the special one-time mini-cruise from were encouraged to bring non-perishable food items which were placed in collection boxes located at the pier in San Pedro. 


With hundreds of travel agents participating, more than 1,500 pounds of food, along with $295 in cash donations, were collected and distributed to various homeless shelters throughout Southern California.  It is estimated that 1,000 meals will be provided as a result of these donations.


Pictured here during the collection drive are (from left):  Carnival’s Business Development Manager for San Francisco/East Bay Area Bari Block, Business Development Director for Los Angeles-Riverside/San Bernardino Jackie Casas; and Vice President of Sales – Western Region Vicki Tomasino.


The 113,300-ton Carnival Splendor launched year-round seven-day service from Long Beach, Calif., April 5, becoming the newest and largest Carnival ship ever based on the West Coast.