This morning, Carnival Cruise Line announced to guests and travel agents that four of its ships would be taken out of service for the rest of the year.
Citing refurbishments and the current pause in guest operations, four of the line’s ships will not resume voyages until Spring 2021. This is not, it’s worth noting, entirely surprising.
From the start, Carnival has made it clear that when they began sailing post-shut-down, they would be doing so in a limited fashion as opposed to all of their fleet returning at the same time.
The four impacted ships:
- Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until Mar. 13, 2021
- Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be cancelled until Mar. 19, 2021
- Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until Apr. 29, 2021 (including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on Jan. 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2021)
- Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be cancelled through May 16, 2021, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on June 12, 2021.
“This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we’ve had to reschedule required dry docks. As we continue to work through issues related to our eventual return to operations, we are committed to providing our guests and travel agent partners with certainty where we can, although we regret disappointing our guests. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them back on board soon,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Currently, Carnival Cruise Line has a handful of select ships sailing from Port Canaveral and PortMiami in November 2020, pending guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Already, Costa Cruises — which, like Carnival Cruise Line, operates under the Carnival Corporation umbrella — has begun limited sailings out of Italy. Their sister brand, AIDA cruises, is also slated to have two ships return to service in the near future.