Carnival Cruise Line has announced its plan to phase in cruise operations starting with eight cruise ships in August.
Carnival Cruise Line Announces Return to Service Plan
As the world continues to deal with the pandemic Carnival Cruise Line has announced its plans on how cruises will resume and it won’t be all at once. The Miami-based cruise line previously announced that operations would commence again on June 27 but now that date has been extended and only on some vessel.
Eight Carnival cruise ships will resume sailings on August 1, 2020, with three cruise ships out pf Galveston, three cruise ships out of Miami, and two cruise ships out of Port Canaveral. Here is the list of vessels:
- Galveston: Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista
- Miami: Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation
- Port Canaveral: Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation.
The pause on cruises will now run through July 31 however that’s just for the eight Carnival ships mentioned above. For the remainder of the fleet, the hold on operations will continue through August 31, 2020 including North America and Australia based ships.
Carnival Cruise Line has also cancelled all Carnival Spirit Alaskan cruises from Seattle along with sailings from Vancouver to Hawaii. The cruise departing October 6, 2020 from Honolulu to Brisbane, Australia has also been cancelled.
The cruise line is notifying impacted guests via email and providing options for compensation. There is a choice of a Future Cruise Credit (FCC) along with onboard credit or simply a full refund of the booking. All the options can be made online.
This news comes as Carnival is currently repatriating more than 10,000 crew members to Asia, Latin America, Europe, Africa and more. This was done with 18 Carnival cruise ships meeting up in the Bahamas to transfer the crew to the correct ship to sail them back home. It is a huge undertaking never seen before in the cruise industry.
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