Pause in service extended, in combination with gradual schedule from select homeports
Carnival Cruise Line plans to phase in a resumption in its North American service with eight ships from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston beginning on 1 August.
The cruise operator added in a statement that in connection with this plan, its pause in operations will be extended in all other North American and Australian markets through 31 August.
The key elements of this plan include: all North American cruises from 27 June to 31 July will be cancelled. Beginning 1 August, it plans to resume cruises on the following ships:
Other than the above referenced services from Galveston, Miami, and Port Canaveral, all other North American and Australian homeport cruises will be cancelled through 31 August.
All Carnival Spirit Alaskan cruises from Seattle will be cancelled, as well as the Carnival Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu cruise on 25 September and the Honolulu-Brisbane transpacific cruise on 6 October.
All Carnival Splendor cruises in Australia from 19 June to 31 August will be cancelled.
Carnival Cruise Line said that impacted guests and their travel advisors are being notified by email, including options for a combined future cruise credit and on board credit package, or a full refund.
Carnival Cruise Line said “We are taking a measured approach, focusing our return to service on a select number of homeports where we have more significant operations that are easily accessible by car for the majority of our guests.”
“We will use this additional time to continue to engage experts, government officials and stakeholders on additional protocols and procedures to protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we serve."
The company added in an updated statement “Any resumption of cruise operations – whenever that may be – is fully dependent on our continued efforts in co-operation 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.
Carnival Corp chief executive Arnold Donald recently unveiled the corporation’s efforts to “weather the storm” caused by Covid-19.
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