Carnival Cruises is not canceling all 2020 sailings amid the CDC’s decision to extend the no sail order until October 31st, 2020.
Some media reports have claimed that Carnival has already cancelled the rest of the 2020 season.
According to their official website and press release there are still 21 cruises departing from their home ports of Miami and Fort Lauderdale. These of course are tentative sailings but have not been cancelled as of today.
Carnival is still scheduled to tentatively return to the seas on December 17th with a reopening sailing that will feature a 4 day Bahamas cruise from Port Canaveral sailing aboard the Carnival Elation.
Carnival still has 10 sailings posted on their website that are scheduled to depart from Miami on the Carnival Conquest and Carnival Sunrise.
There are an additional 11 cruises scheduled to depart from Port Canaveral in December sailing on the Carnival Liberty and the Carnival Elation.
Carnival did however cancel all cruises that are not departing from its home ports of Miami and Port Canaveral.
“Following the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) decision to extend its no-sail order for cruise operations, Carnival Cruise Line is notifying guests and travel agents that it has cancelled cruises from all U.S. homeports except Miami and Port Canaveral for November and December 2020. While operations from Miami and Port Canaveral in November and December are still not certain, Carnival is focusing its initial return to service from those two homeports, whenever that might occur.”
In a statement, Carnival said that it’s working on health and safety protocols that will allow for a “gradual and phased-in approach”
“Cruises currently scheduled for November and December from those two homeports will remain in place for the time being while Carnival evaluates options.“
“As we have said throughout this pause, our return to operations will be gradual and phased in. And while we are not making any presumptions, once cruising is allowed, we will center our initial start-up from the homeports of Miami and Port Canaveral,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“The health and safety of our guests, crew and communities we serve remain the cornerstone of our plans and decisions.
While most cruise lines in the U.S. seem extremely cautious moving forward continually suspending their sailings long past the CDC no sail order, MSC continues to set the standard for large ship cruising in the Mediterranean.
MSC has already completed 5 large cruises onboard the MSC Grandiosa without a single case of COVID-19.
Carnival owned Costa Cruises is also moving ahead full steam on relaunching as they are the first cruise line to have two ships back in operation.
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