Carnival extends operations pause

While the pandemic continues, Carnival Cruise Line announced an extension of its pause on United States operations through March 31. The pause includes select ships and homeport operations related to itineraries and dry dock work.

The Miami-based company says booked guests and travel agents are being notified directly of the cancellations and their options for a generous future cruise credit and onboard credit package, or a full refund.

“We are sorry to disappoint our guests, as we can see from our booking activity that there is clearly a pent-up demand for cruising on Carnival,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We appreciate their patience and support as we continue to work on our plans to resume operations in 2021 with a gradual, phased-in approach.”

The cancellations include the following:

  • All embarkations from U.S. homeports through March 31, 2021
  • Carnival Freedom from Galveston through April 10, 2021 (which includes a repositioning of the ship from Galveston to Seattle and a 17-day Carnival Journeys cruise which is not allowed under the current guidelines issued by the CDC)
  • Carnival Miracle from San Diego and San Francisco through Sept. 16, 2021 (which includes many 10-day and longer itineraries not allowed under the current CDC guidelines)
  • Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral from Sept. 17-Oct. 18, 2021 (to accommodate rescheduled dry dock work)
  • Carnival Sunshine from Charleston from Oct. 11-Nov. 13, 2021 (to accommodate rescheduled dry dock work)
  • Carnival Spirit’s 15-day cruise from Singapore to Brisbane on June 12, 2021 (consistent with the current limitations on international travel in place in Australia).

Carnival isn’t the only cruise line trying to manage the pandemic. USA Today reports that Princess Cruises has canceled cruises through May 14 while Holland America Line’s cancellations will be canceled through April 30.

Pictured: Carnival Sunshine

Keren Moros
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