Cruise holidays: Carnival Cruise Line cancels cruises until Spring 2021

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Carnival Cruise Line is axing cruises until Spring 2021. The US company shared the cruise news announcement this week. Carnival said the cancellations were due to “ongoing ship enhancement program and the current pause in cruise operations.”

The USA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) extended the No Sail Order for cruise ships on July 16.

It’s currently in place until September 30 or until the public health emergency passes.

Back in March the CDC said: “The CDC Director has reason to believe that cruise ship travel may continue to introduce, transmit, or spread COVID-19.”

In the latest update from Carnival, the cruise line explained: “Carnival advised guests and travel agents that it is delaying the return to guest operations for four ships until after scheduled dry dock enhancements are completed in the first half of 2021.”

Which Carnival cruises are cancelled?

Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until March 13, 2021

Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be suspended until March 19, 2021

Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cut until April 29, 2021.

The axed Carnival Valor itineraries include the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on January 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on February 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,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“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.”

This week, Carnival Cruise Line also announced the sale of Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination.

The ships had previously been put on long-term lay-up status and removed from published itineraries.

The sale of Carnival Fascination, launched in 1994, and Carnival Imagination, introduced in 1995, is in line with Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet.

This follows the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration which took place in July.

Upon return to operations, Carnival will still operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships – Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise.

The vessels feature additional balcony staterooms as well as enhanced dining and entertainment options that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program.

“While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodations for our guests,” said Duffy.

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