It was a big weekend for Carnival Cruise Line.
Two more of its ships resumed service on Sunday, September 19 — Carnival Glory and Carnival Dream — bringing the line’s total to 11 ships sailing again, which is half of its United States-based fleet.
Currently, Carnival is operating from seven U.S. homeports: Miami, Galveston, Seattle, Port Canaveral, Long Beach, Baltimore, and New Orleans.
“Having half of our U.S. fleet back in operations provides positive economic impact in our homeports and port of call destinations, along with giving our guests their much-needed vacations and helping our crew support their families back home,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“We couldn’t have accomplished this without the support of our travel advisor partners, business partners and port and destinations partners.”
Carnival Dream became the third Carnival vessel to operate year-round from Galveston this weekend on a six-night Caribbean cruise. Meanwhile, Carnival Glory is the first ship to resume sailings from the Port of New Orleans for the line, operating a seven-night voyage to the Bahamas.
Both Carnival Dream and Glory have a multitude of features and amenities that have become popular among Carnival guests, including the Alchemy Bar, WaterWorks aqua park, Serenity adults-only sundeck, Camp Ocean kids’ clubs, and the poolside counter-service restaurants Guy’s Burger Joint and BlueIguana Cantina.
Another highlight of the summer was Carnival’s long-awaited introduction of its newest and largest ship to-date — Mardi Gras. The vessel features a layout completely new to the cruise line, and is divided into six themed “zones” much like Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class “neighborhoods.”
More Carnival Cruise Line ships are scheduled to resume service throughout the fall and into early 2022.