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Carnival Cancels First 8 Mardi Gras Sailings, Ship Delayed

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Carnival Cruise Line announced this morning that the first eight cruises of the upcoming Mardi Gras have been canceled due to construction delays. The inaugural cruise has been deferred to November 14, 2020.

With this new schedule, Carnival will now take delivery of the ship in late October and its first revenue sailing will depart from Port Canaveral on Nov. 14, 2020.  Consequently, the first eight sailings that were scheduled starting Aug. 31 have been canceled, including European, transatlantic and New York-based itineraries and four Port Canaveral itineraries.

Why is Mardi Gras Delayed?

“We have been working closely with Meyer Turku executives to keep the Mardi Gras delivery on schedule, and while we deeply regret disappointing our guests, this change in the delivery date is required to make sure all of the ship’s systems, features and technology will be fully operational, so that we can give our guests the vacation they expect. Our commitment is to deliver a great and innovative ship, and Mardi Gras will definitely be that when it arrives in North America,” said Ben Clement, Carnival Cruise Line’s senior vice president of newbuild.

Additionally, the shipyard, Meyer Turku, said, “Meyer Turku is adjusting its production schedule and will consequently move the delivery of Carnival Mardi Gras from August 2020 to October 2020.” Delivery is when Carnival Cruise Line gets the ship in their possession.

Compensation for Guest Booked on Mardi Gras

Carnival said that the guest notification process began promptly after the notice by Meyer Turku so that impacted guests could begin to make alternative vacation plans.  As a gesture of goodwill, Carnival is offering these guests a 25 percent future cruise credit (FCC), in addition to the full refund of their cruise fare (and applicable fees and taxes and other pre-purchased cruise components), as well as assistance with non-refundable airline and hotel reservations already booked.

In addition, if guests rebook their cruise vacation using their 25 percent FCC by Feb. 18, 2020, they will be credited with an additional $100 per person onboard credit for that cruise.  Carnival has also communicated guidelines to travel advisors regarding commission protection.

Carnival Mardi Gras is the line’s first 180,000-ton ship that’s powered by LNG.

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Doug Parker is the producer and host of the Cruise Radio podcast and the daily Cruise Radio News briefs. Tune in where you listen to your favorite podcast.

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