As seasons go, the past few have been uncharacteristically quiet for Carnival Cruise Line. The cruise industry giant, based out of Doral, Florida, would typically have cruised scores of travelers on exotic trips around the world by now – but, as a result of the pandemic, finds itself instead wrestling with a no sail order in the US.
As a result of the current situation, Carnival has cancelled all of its cruises throughout July – but some in Texas and Florida are still going ahead. Here’s everything we know so far about this story.
July Cruises Cancelled – What Travelers Should Know
On Tuesday, Carnival – dubbed “America’s Cruise Line” – released an important update to its upcoming schedule, which contained both good news and bad news for cruising enthusiasts. The bad news is that the update revealed details of further cancellations by the company, with most cruises scheduled to depart before July 30th no longer going ahead as planned.
The cancellations mean that only three of Carnival’s vast fleet of cruise ships will be sailing in the next month – Carnival Vista, Carnival Breeze and Carnival Horizon. Travelers whose cruises were cancelled are eligible for a future cruise credit (FCC) and onboard credit (OBC), or they can instead cancel without penalty and opt for a full refund.
Some Cruises Going Ahead – Information For Travelers
It wasn’t all bad news for travelers, as Carnival revealed that some of its fleet with be taking to US waters once more. Following further guidance released by the CDC last week that made a return to cruising more achievable, Carnival is hoping to resume cruise operations from Galveston, Texas and Miami, Florida in the near future.
From Galveston, Carnival is hoping to resume cruises on its Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze cruise ships. Carnival Vista is currently homeported in Galveston, and has a max occupancy limit of 4,977, whilst Carnival Breeze – typically homeported in Florida but set to move – has a capacity of 3,690 passengers. From Miami, Carnival is hoping to get its 3,960 capacity cruise liner Carnival Horizon back on the water.
Whilst further details are yet to be revealed by Carnival, it’s a move that is sure to be viewed as one in the right direction by cruise enthusiasts. Speaking about their struggles to get more ships back on US waters, Carnival’s CEO Christine Duffy said:
“We continue to have constructive discussions with the CDC but still have many questions that remain unanswered. We are working diligently to resume sailing in the U.S. and meet the CDC guidelines. We sincerely appreciate the continued patience and understanding of our guests and travel advisor partners and will share additional information as quickly as we can.”
The latest guidance provided by the CDC on how cruises can resume once more suggested that those who are fully compliant with the order could be back on the water by mid-July. It provided information on how cruises could run “simulated voyages” – a pre-cursor for applying for a conditional sail order. It also clarified that cruise lines could skip this step by operating with 98% of their crew and 95% of their passengers vaccinated.
Prior to this announcement, Carnival revealed that it was considering leaving the US in order to resume its cruising operations out of the jurisdiction of the CDC.
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