Carnival Cruise Line announced that it has canceled additional cruises for the first part of 2021 including those embarking from New Orleans.
The company says the cancellations are an effort to build and implement its plan to meet the requirements of the "Framework for Resuming Cruise Ship Operations Order" issued on Oct. 30 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention due to COVID-19.
Guests and travel agents have been notified. Cruises canceled for the first part of 2021 include:
- All embarkations from U.S. homeports from Jan. 1-31.
- Additionally, Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego embarkations through Feb. 28.
- Embarkations on Carnival Legend out of Tampa through March 26.
With this announcement Carnival says operations are paused in the U.S. through Jan. 31, 2021.
Carnival says it is in the process of building a gradual, phased in approach to resume guest operations, which will focus initially on Miami and Port Canaveral, to be followed by Galveston.
In total, Carnival says that 16 of its ships are currently following the CDC process for an eventual resumption of guest service in the U.S. in 2021, including Carnival Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Miracle, Panorama, Pride, Sensation, Sunrise, Sunshine and Vista.
Mardi Gras, which is under construction in Finland, will also enter service in 2021.
"We are committed to meeting the CDC requirements and keeping our guests and business partners informed of our progress," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "The entire Carnival team appreciates the great support of our guests, travel advisors and business partners, and local officials in our homeports and destinations."
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