Carnival Splendor is saying goodbye to California and making its way to the Big Apple where it will take over the line’s year-round eight-day Caribbean/Bahamas cruise schedule March 23, 2013.

Carnival Splendor will depart the port of Long Beach, Calif., later today on the first of three exciting South America voyages, which will feature visits to 18 breathtaking destinations in 10 countries across two continents.

Make sure to check back here on the Carnival news blog for images of the Carnival Splendor’s journey around South America to its new homeport of New York.