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Relocation of Carnival Spirit to cost San Diego $54M in revenue

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    Carnival Cruise Lines said Thursday it is pulling the last of its ships out of San Diego, and other cruise operators are departing Southern California because of economic woes and tourists' fears 
    Carnival Cruise Lines said Thursday it is pulling the last of its ships out of San Diego, and other cruise operators are departing Southern California because of economic woes and tourists' fears over traveling to Mexico. 

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The relocation of the cruise ship Carnival Spirit to Australia will result in an estimated $54 million loss to the Port of San Diego and nearby businesses, officials said Thursday.

Carnival, the world's largest cruise line, announced Wednesday that the 88,500-ton ship will be based in Sydney in April 2012, and will visit New Zealand and other Pacific islands.

The financial loss is based on the rule of thumb used by port officials that each call by a cruise ship in San Diego will bring about $2 million in business.

The Carnival Spirit, which carries 2,667 passengers, makes 27 calls to San Diego per year, making runs to the Mexican Riviera.

Port spokesman John Gilmore said the economy and perceptions about crime in Mexico have combined to hurt the local cruise business.

Adding to the pain is a loss of business by the Carnival Splendor, which caught fire off the coast of Baja California last November and needed to be towed to port in San Diego Bay.

The ship has been undergoing repairs in San Diego ever since, but is about to leave any day for the San Francisco area for more extensive work, according to Gilmore.

It wasn't immediately known if Carnival Cruises planned to plug the gap in San Diego with another ship, or if another cruise line would send more ships to the region.

Holland America also operates cruise ships out of San Diego.

 

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