Carnival Cruise Line cancellations follow CLIA announcement.
Carnival Cruise Line today announced the further extension of their pause in operations in North America. They are canceling all cruises through September 30, 2020.
The decision comes as no surprise, as Friday June 19th, 2020, CLIA announced that it’s ocean going association members would voluntarily suspend operations from U.S. ports until September 14, 2020.
“During this unprecedented pause in our business, we have continued to assess the operating environment and confer with public health, government and industry officials,” Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy told booked guests and travel agents in a letter sent today. But she added that following the cruise industry’s announcement on Friday that it would voluntarily extend its pause in North America, Carnival Cruise Line is now cancelling all cruises through September 30.
“We have watched with great interest as commerce, travel and personal activities have begun to start back up, and once we do resume service, we will take all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we bring our ships to in order to maintain public confidence in our business. Nevertheless, we apologize for disrupting your vacation plans and appreciate your patience as we work through these decisions,” Duffy said in the letter.
Carnival initially announced a voluntary 30-day pause in operations on March 13, and has now extended that pause three times, reflecting the public health challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. It is currently completing the repatriation of nearly 29,000 crew members to more than 100 nations who serve its fleet of 27 ships.
As with previous pause announcements, Carnival is giving guests who wish to move their booking to a later date a rebooking offer that combines a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) and either a $300 or $600 Onboard Credit (OBC) that has proven very popular with their guests. Guests, as always, have the option to receive a full refund. The process is fully automated so that guests can submit their preference online and they have until May 31, 2021 to make a selection.
“We appreciate the patience and support of our loyal guests, and recognize how much they want to get back to cruising. When the time is right, our outstanding onboard team will be waiting to welcome them back and give them the great vacation that they deserve,” said Duffy.
Prior to the CLIA announcement, the line had removed August and September sailings from their website booking engine throughout the course of the week. Additionally, Carnival’s CEO, Arnold Donald also stated last week “I don’t know when we’ll sail again”.
Acknowledging the fluid nature of the global situation last week, the line updated their website messaging as well. Atop the Carnival Cruise Line homepage reads a disclaimer of sorts: “Our actual offerings may vary from what is displayed or described here. Stay updated on current Health and Sailings Advisories.“
Adding to the speculation, Norwegian Cruise Line extended their pause in service this week through summer, leaving cruise travelers wondering if Carnival Cruise Line Cancellations would be the next.
The last announcement of Carnival Cruise Line Cancellations came in May. Carnival Corp this week also announced their plans to sell 6 cruise ships, but didn’t announce which ships would be put up for sale.
About Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line’s 25 ships operate 2- to 16-day voyages, departing from every coast in the U.S., as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and Barbados. While best known for Caribbean cruises, they sail to other destinations like Mexico, Alaska, The Bahamas, Europe and Hawaii. Additionally, Carnival Cruise Line Australia has two ships, and offers cruises from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
About Carnival Corporation & plc
Carnival Corporation & plc is 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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