Carnival Cruise Line said Monday that it plans to phase in a resumption of its North American service this summer, beginning on August 1 with a total of eight ships sailing from Miami, Port Canaveral, and Galveston.
The company said its pause in operations would be extended in all other North American and Australian markets through August 31.
The key elements of the Carnival plan include:
- All North American cruises from June 27 to July 31 will be cancelled.
- Beginning August 1, cruises n will be resumed 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.
- 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.
Carnival said all guests would receive a combined future cruise credit (FCC) and onboard credit (OBC) package, or a full refund. Booked guests can make their selection online.
Renewal of Sailing from the US
Carnival said it had taken the decision to resume operations from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston as those ports are easily accessible by car for the majority of its 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,” Carnival said in a statement. “We appreciate the understanding and support of our guests and travel agent partners and look forward to welcoming them on board as the environment for travel and tourism improves.”
The company later issued an additional statement clarifying that its plan is contingent on a number of factors and “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.”