Carnival cancels additional cruises for the first part of 2021, including:
- All embarkations from U.S. homeports from January, 1-31
- Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego embarkations through February 28
- Embarkations on Carnival Legend out of Tampa through March 26
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Return to cruise operations will focus initially on Miami
Carnival said in a statement that it 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 .
The Carnival Horizon arrives in Miami this week, and Carnival Breeze will be the next ship back to the United States.
According to the Framework for Resuming Cruise Ship Operations Order issued on October 30 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cruise ships must first conduct trial cruises to test their COVID-19 mitigation protocols before receiving authorization to return to paid sailings.
16 Carnival ships to resume guest services in 2021
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. Mardi Gras, the first LNG-powered ship to operate in the Western Hemisphere and featuring the first roller coaster at sea, had been due to enter service from Port Canaveral on February 6, 2021.
Carnival’s operations are now paused in the U.S. through January 31, 2021. 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.”