Carnival Cruise Line returns more ships to service

Carnival Cruise Line plans to reintroduce more ships back into service from US ports but cancelled other departures.

Three more ships will resume sailings in September and another four in October to bring the total up to 15 as the line ramps up its restart plans with a target of having all the fleet back by the end of the year.

The company will continue to operate all its ships as vaccinated cruises until October at year.

The three ships set for September return are Carnival Glory from New Orleans, Carnival Pride from Baltimore and Carnival Dream from Galveston.

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The four additional ships to restart in October will be Carnival Conquest and Carnival Freedom from Miami, Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral and Carnival Sensation from Mobile.

However, the line has extended in its pause in operations until September 5 for Carnival Pride from Baltimore, September 11 for Carnival Dream from Galveston, October 4 for Carnival Conquest from Miami and October 16 for Carnival Sensation from Mobile.

Cruises on Carnival Sunshine from Charleston, Carnival Ecstasy from Jacksonville and Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral will be cancelled until October 31.

A three-day cruise on Carnival Miracle from Long Beach in California on September 24 is also cancelled, with the ship returning on September 27.

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “We are very excited about our restart and greatly appreciate the support of our guests, travel agents and port and destination partners.

“By the end of July, we will have five ships in our restart plan, including the introduction of service on Mardi Gras, and we are seeing a great combination of strong demand and strong guest satisfaction scores tied to the positive guest experience on board.”

Unvaccinated passengers, including children under the age of 12, will be subject to pre-cruise and pre-embarkation testing and testing again prior to debarkation on cruises longer than four days along with a $150 charge to cover the costs of testing, reporting and health and safety screenings.

Those who are unvaccinated departing from Florida from July 31 and Texas from August 2 will also need to show proof of travel insurance, based on the itineraries being sailed and the requirements of ports and destinations visited.

These additional measures will be in place through at least October but may be extended based on guidance from public health and medical advisors and the requirements of destinations.

Duffy added: “The decision to sail with vaccinated voyages was a difficult one to make, and we recognise this is disappointing to some of our guests especially the many families with children under the age of 12 who we love to sail, and who love to sail with us.

“It’s important to remember that this is a temporary measure given the current circumstances.  In consultation with our medical experts and advisors, we’ve determined this plan is in the best interests of the health and safety of our guests, crew and the destinations that we bring our ships to.

“It’s very important that we continue to maintain the confidence of our destination partners, so that we can provide our guests with the optimal cruise experience and sail our itineraries.”

“Our plan envisions successfully bringing back our entire fleet by the end of the year, returning to full service – most especially for the millions of families who sail with us –  and building back our business for the benefit of our guests, employees and the tens of thousands of jobs and local businesses that depend on our company.

“We will continue to offer exemptions to our unvaccinated guests on a limited, capacity-managed basis within 14 days of sailing as we finalise the vaccinated guest count.  The more bookings we initially secure for our cruises with fully vaccinated guests, the more exemptions we can ultimately offer for those unvaccinated guests already booked and those wishing to sail,” Duffy added.

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