Third Carnival Cruise Ship Returns to Service

The third Carnival Cruise Line ship in less than a month has returned to service. Carnival Breeze will depart Galveston, Texas later this afternoon for a four-night cruise.

The ship will sail at around 70 percent capacity with 95 percent of guests vaccinated, leaving five percent open to children and adults who cannot receive the vaccine. The five percent sailing unvaccinated were placed on an exemption list.

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On the heels of Carnival Vista returning from Texas and Carnival Horizon returning from Miami earlier this month, Breeze will set sail for Cozumel with two Fun Days at Sea.

Just opposite, on the five-night sailings, Breeze will also call to Cozumel and Costa Maya or Progreso, Mexico.

“We’re delighted that Carnival Breeze is our first ship to return operating short cruise itineraries and our second ship to resume from the Port of Galveston,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“Short cruises are very popular with our guests – roughly half our fleet operates cruises of five days or less – so we are excited to broaden our itinerary offerings to include these convenient and affordable getaways.”

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Carnival Breeze off the coast of St. Thomas

Carnival is the number one cruise operator from Galveston and the only cruise operator with three year-round ships at the port. Carnival Vista, Carnival Breeze, and Carnival Dream operate 150 voyages annually from Galveston, carrying an estimated 750,000 passengers a year.

During the pandemic, Breeze spent the months zig-zagging the ocean repatriating crew members who could not fly home because of border closures.

Two more ships are scheduled to restart service later this month when Carnival Miracle sets sail on an Alaska cruise from Seattle and Mardi Gras sails from Port Canaveral on July 31.

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