Carnival Victory officially renamed Carnival Radiance

Carnival Cruise Line has officially changed the name of the Carnival Victory to the Carnival Radiance. The ship is in the final stages of a $200 million bow-to-stern transformation in Cadiz, Spain. 

The Radiance is scheduled to depart Cadiz on Oct. 18, starting a seven-week trip to its homeport in Long Beach, Calif., with stops in Miami and a transit of the Panama Canal along the way. 

On Dec. 13, the Carnival Radiance makes its Southern California debut, kicking off a year-round schedule of three- and four-day Mexico cruises. Three-day cruises depart Fridays and visit Ensenada, Mexico, while four-day cruises sail on Mondays calling at Ensenada and Catalina Island. 

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The Carnival Radiance will have all of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 dining, beverage and entertainment spaces such as Italian restaurant Cucina del Capitano, BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Pub, Alchemy Bar and Punchliner Comedy Club. The ship also will have Shaquille O’Neal’s Big Chicken, a casual poolside restaurant that debuted on the Mardi Gras this summer. 

A traditional naming ceremony will take place when the ship arrives in Long Beach. 

The Radiance is the third Destiny-class ship to undergo a transformation and name change. In 2013, the Carnival Destiny became the Carnival Sunshine. In 2019, the Carnival Triumph became the Carnival Sunrise. Carnival now calls this group of ships its Sunshine class.

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