UPDATE on Carnival return to service post (See original post below)
MIAMI, May 4, 2020 – Carnival Cruise Line issued the following update to our news release today concerning a further delay of operations for most of our fleet until August 31:
“Some of the media reports have not fully conveyed the contents of our previous media statement and why certain itineraries were not being cancelled. Carnival reiterates that this is our current plan contingent on a number of factors.
Any resumption of cruise operations – whenever that may be – is fully dependent on our continued efforts in cooperation with federal, state, local and international government officials. In our continued support of public health efforts, any return to service will also include whatever enhanced operational protocols and social gathering guidelines that are in place at the time of the resumption of cruise operations.
We are committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the COVID-19 situation and will continue to keep our guests, travel agent partners and other stakeholders informed.”
New Carnival return to service dates announced
In a press release, Carnival Cruise Line today announced new return to service dates for their fleet. This announcement was expected as the line removed most July and August sailings from their website over the weekend. The “phase in” is detailed below.
The announcement and plan to “phase in service” reads:
Carnival Cruise Line advised guests and travel agents today of our plan to phase in a resumption in our North American service this summer, beginning on August 1 with a total of eight ships from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston.
In connection with this plan, our pause in operations will be extended in all other North American and Australian markets through August 31.
The key elements the Carnival return to service plan include:
- All North American cruises from June 27 to July 31 will be cancelled.
- Beginning August 1, we plan to resume cruises on the following ships:
- Galveston: Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista
- Miami: Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation
- Port Canaveral: Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation.
- Other than the above referenced service from Galveston, Miami, and Port Canaveral, all other North American and Australian homeport cruises will be cancelled through August 31.
- All Carnival Spirit Alaskan cruises from Seattle will be cancelled, as well as the Carnival Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu cruise on September 25 and the Honolulu-Brisbane transpacific cruise on October 6.
- All Carnival Splendor cruises in Australia from June 19 to August 31 will be cancelled.
Impacted guests and their travel advisors are being notified by email, including options for a combined future cruise credit (FCC) and onboard credit (OBC) package, or a full refund.
Booked guests can make their selection online, alleviating the need to contact Carnival’s customer service center, which is still operating in a work-from-home status due to locally-imposed office closures in South Florida.
Other Carnival Cruise Line Cancellation Updates
Disney Cruise Line announced cancellations on Monday. Norwegian Cruise Line announced cancellations late last week, while Carnival Cruise Line was the first line to extend the cruise cancellations, followed by Princess and Holland America and Royal Caribbean.
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