Carnival Cruise Line cancels additional cruises as it works to meet CDC requirements to resume operations in 2021
As it continues to build and implement its plan to meet the requirements of the Framework for Resuming Cruise Ship Operations Order issued on Oct. 30 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Carnival Cruise Line notified guests and travel agents that it has cancelled additional cruises for the first part of 2021, including:
- All embarkations from U.S. homeports from Jan. 1-31.
- Additionally, Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego embarkations through Feb. 28.
- Embarkations on Carnival Legend out of Tampa through March 26.
Carnival is in the process of building a gradual, phased in approach to resume guest operations, which will focus initially on Miami and Port Canaveral, to be followed by Galveston. Consistent with CDC protocols, Carnival Horizon arrives in Miami this week, and Carnival Breeze will be the next ship back to the U.S. In total, 16 Carnival ships are currently following the CDC process for an eventual resumption of guest service in the U.S. in 2021, including Carnival Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Miracle, Panorama, Pride, Sensation, Sunrise, Sunshine and Vista. Mardi Gras, which is under construction in Finland, will also enter service in 2021.
With this announcement Carnival’s operations are paused in the U.S. through Jan. 31, 2021. In addition, Carnival had previously cancelled certain other itineraries on four ships (Magic, Paradise, Valor, and Victory/Radiance) that are scheduled for required dry docks in the first half of 2021, with the plan to return them to operations after maintenance work and upgrades are completed. Carnival previously cancelled operations in Australia through March 2, 2021.
“We are committed to meeting the CDC requirements and keeping our guests and business partners informed of our progress,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The entire Carnival team appreciates the great support of our guests, travel advisors and business partners, and local officials in our homeports and destinations.”
CDC Framework for Conditional Sailing Order – What the Cruise Lines Must Do:
- Cruise lines MUST apply for a COVID-19 Conditional Sailing Certificate from the CDC. The CDC can approve or deny any permit application, and also revoke it later.
- Cruise lines are required to run a series of simulated voyages prior to re-entering service. Simulated voyages will mimic a normal cruise experience and also include drills for potential outbreaks and positive COVID-19 cases aboard.
- The CDC can control passenger and crew capacity, itineraries, ports visits, activities and more.
- Cruises from the U.S. cannot exceed seven days. We don’t know how long this requirement lasts.
- Cruise lines must test and screen passengers and crew before they embark.
- Crew will be tested on a weekly basis going forward.
- “Laboratory testing” will be required of all passengers and crew on embarkation and disembarkation in line with CDC guidelines. Testing
- Ships must maintain standards for hygiene based on CDC Guidelines. This will include physical distancing, hand washing, etc.
- Cruise lines will be required to modify dining and entertainment services in line with physical distancing requirements.
- Cruise lines must disembark and transport guests and crew using non-commercial transportation in the event of a positive case.
As we know, the cruise lines have been working tirelessly over the past several months to adapt to the new requirements that are sure to prevail when cruise returns. There are many examples of what cruise lines have been doing to innovate and prepare, from creating new Muster Drill procedures, to new air filtration systems and so much more.
About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is one of the world’s largest leisure travel company with a portfolio of nine of the world’s leading cruise lines. With operations in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia, its portfolio features Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, P&O Cruises ( Australia), Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.
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