LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Carnival Cruise Lines began operations at its
new cruise terminal here by homeporting the Ecstasy there.
Parent company Carnival Corp. spent $40 million to transform the
terminal's geodesic dome into a modern cruise facility and to
construct a new docking pier and a multilevel parking garage.
The facility, with its 300-foot- long, 35-foot-high passenger
gangway, also will be the home port for the Elation and, later, the
Among the terminal's features is an outdoor plaza leading to the
Carnival Lounge in the Queen Mary hotel, formerly the seagoing
Cunard liner, where guests can check in for their cruises prior to
departure or enjoy pre- or post-cruise stays.