Carnival Pulls Cruise Ship from Australia, Redeploys to Florida

After a decade down under, Australia-based Carnival Spirit has been redeployed back to North America. The ship has been sailing from the South Pacific region since 2012.

While the rest of the world has resumed cruising, the Australian government has kept its international ban on cruise ships in place since March 2020. Its current ban holds until May 2022. The constant return-to-cruise extensions are forcing cruise operators to sail towards more lucrative waters.

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(Photo courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line)

In a statement to Cruise Radio, the line said, “Carnival Spirit will position to Jacksonville to sail the published itineraries from that port, effective with the planned restart on March 7.”

From Florida, the ship will sail four and five-night voyages to The Bahamas, including Nassau, Bimini, and Princess Cay.

Carnival Ecstasy Moves to Mobile, Sensation Delayed Further

Carnival Ecstasy, which is scheduled to come back online in Jacksonville, will now restart in Mobile, Alabama effective March 5.

Carnival said, “As we continue our successful restart of guest operations in the U.S., we are making some adjustments in vessel deployments. We have delayed the restart of Carnival Sensation.”

The operator has not announced immediate plans for Sensation. Because of that, Carnival Ecstasy will take over Sensation‘s Mobile itineraries, starting with the March 5 restart sailing.

Carnival Australia

Carnival Australia’s other vessel, Carnival Splendor, is still scheduled to remain in Australia to wait until the country reopens to cruise operations. The ship repositioned to the region in October 2019 after an extensive dry dock.

Carnival Spirit is the flagship of the line’s Spirit-class and was launched in 2001. Most recently, the ship entered dry dock to receive the new hull livery and general maintenance.

Carnival Cruise Line has four Spirit-class vessels in total: Carnival Spirit, Carnival Legend, Carnival Miracle, and Carnival Pride. Two other Spirit-class ships sail for Carnival Corporation’s China division.

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