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Port of San Diego Announces its First-ever, Year-round Cruise Program

Carnival Cruise Lines to operate the Elation from San Diego in 2007

November 2, 2006 - After years of marketing itself as an ideal cruise destination, San Diego finally has its first year-round home-ported vessel.

Carnival Cruise Ship, ElationCarnival Cruise Lines, the world's largest cruise operator, will launch the first year-round cruise schedule with four and five-day Baja, Mexico voyages onboard the 2,052-passenger vessel Elation.

The four and five day cruises to Mexico will feature stops in Cabo San Lucas, La Paz and Ensenada beginning in June 2007.

The announcement came today as San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders joined Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Robert "Rocky" Spane and Vicki Tomasino, the West Coast Vice President for Carnival Cruise Lines, at a press conference in front of the Port of San Diego's B Street Cruise Ship Terminal.

"The addition of year-round home-ported cruise service really puts San Diego on the cruising map," said Chairman Spane. "This decision by Carnival Cruise lines is great for Carnival's business and great for the region's economic progress."

The economy of the San Diego region shares the benefits of the cruise industry's success. Each homeport cruise ship call at the Port of San Diego has an economic impact of about $2 million.

This figure is derived from the average amount that a cruise ship passenger spends while in the San Diego region, along with the employment associated with serving the cruise ship and the many businesses and services that support it.

They include food companies, linen services, trucking companies, fuel companies, landside tour companies and florists.

The Elation is expected to contribute an additional $240 million to the regional economy and add approximately 1600 jobs.

At 855-feet long and weighing 70,000 tons, the Elation can carry 2,052 passengers.

The ship features a 12,000-square foot health club, 12 lounges and bars, a jogging track, an Internet cafe and ship-wide wi-fi access, three swimming pools and Carnival's signature "Twister Waterslide."

There are three restaurants onboard, including two elegant main dining rooms and a 700-seat poolside eatery with 24-hour pizza.

Prices for the Elation's four and five-day Mexico cruises begin at $339 per person. For more information on the Elation or to make reservations, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit the Carnival Cruise Lines website at www.carnival.com.

The Port of San Diego is a public benefit corporation and special government entity. Created in 1963 by an act of the California legislature, the Port manages San Diego harbor and administers the public lands along San Diego Bay.

The Port has operated without tax dollars since 1970 and has been responsible for $1.5 billion in public improvements in its five member cities - Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.

With an $8.4 billion economic impact on the San Diego region, the Port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, a cruise ship terminal, 16 public parks, various wildlife reserves and environmental initiatives, a Harbor Police department and the leases of 600 tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.