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Long Beach Approves Cruise Terminal Expansion

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The Long Beach Planning Commission has approved plans to expand the Long Beach Cruise Terminal in a decision expected to benefit Carnival Cruise Line.

The Grunion reported that a vote was approved 4-2 on Thursday to add 657 new parking stalls, fill an abandoned 450-foot-long tunnel between Windsor Way and the parking structure and reconfigure traffic lanes.

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The expansion will allow the terminal to accommodate larger cruise ships such as Carnival Panorama, which is Carnival Cruise Line’s 27th ship and third Vista class vessel. The ship is scheduled to begin year-round sailings to the Mexican Riviera from Long Beach next month.

Many locals expressed concerns over the environmental impact of larger ships sailing into and out of the Long Beach Cruise Terminal and cited Carnival’s troubled past, according to The Grunion. However, the Planning Commission also approved a city analysis that found that the proposed terminal enhancements wouldn’t significantly harm the environment.

“I can assure you that Carnival cares about our local environment and is leading the industry,” said Ernie Chavez, the operations foreman at the terminal. “Each new ship that Carnival builds is greener and more environmentally sound than the one before it.”

Chair Richard Lewis expressed excitement for the expansion and arrival of larger ships.

“I think a brand new boat built to the current environmental standards has go to be an improvement over what we’re running out of the port now,” he said via The Grunion, “and I’m excited to see that large ship coming into Long Beach.”

Carnival Panorama will mark Carnival’s first new ship homeported on the West Coast in more than two decades.

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Viking Extends Suspension of Cruising Through August 31

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Viking has further suspended operations through Aug. 31, 2020. The company initially announced it would stop cruising on March 11.

“We were the first cruise line to announce a temporary suspension of operations. We have continued to evaluate the situation, responding accordingly,” Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen wrote in a May 28 post on the company website. “While restrictions related to COVID-19 are beginning to ease in some countries, travel remains complicated. Therefore, we have made the decision to extend our temporary suspension of operations through Aug. 31, 2020.”

The company is offering 125 percent credit to passengers booked on canceled voyages. “It is fully transferable, allowing you to gift it to someone with whom you would like to share the joys of travel. It can be applied within the next 24 months to any river, ocean or expedition cruise,” Hagen wrote. “If you are unable to use your voucher by the expiration date, simply return your expired voucher to Viking, and we will send you a refund equal to the original amount paid to Viking.”

For more details on credits and refunds, click here.

Hagen said the company is developing new safety protocols and taking care of its crew members.

“We have always had the highest standards for health and cleanliness—and are now developing additional protocols to make traveling with Viking even safer. We will be sharing more information about this very soon,” he wrote. “Also, during this time of non-operation, we are further training our crew and preparing our fleet to welcome you onboard again. Since our first announcement, many of you have expressed concern for our crew, and I want to reassure you that we are continuing to take good care of them.”

Hagen said he is seeing signs of hope in Europe. “I am delighted to note that in the past couple of weeks, hope has emerged here in Europe. In Switzerland, restaurants and shops opened two weeks ago, and I must admit it was a great treat to go to my favorite Italian restaurant the other day. Last week, I had my first day in the office – with a mask and proper distancing. It now also looks as though the local borders in Europe are starting to open up.”

Viking plans to launch the ocean ship Viking Venus Early next year and, in 2022, will welcome new expedition vessels, Viking Octantis and Viking Polaris, that will sail the Arctic, Antarctic and North America’s Great Lakes, and a modern river vessel, Viking Mississippi.

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