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Carnival cancels cruises for New Orleans ship Valor until 2021

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 12:34:04-04

Carnival Cruise Line announced on Wednesday that itineraries for the Carnival Valor which operates out of New Orleans would be canceled until April 2021.

The cruise line said the cancellations were due to the company's ongoing ship enhancement program and current pause in cruise ship operations.

The Carnival Valor, which travels from New Orleans to the Caribbean, will undergo dry dock enhancements along with four other ships.

Those enhancements, the company says, should be completed in the first half of 2021.

In August, Carnival announced an extension to the industry-wide pause to cruises in the U.S. until October 31. At the time the company said that, should conditions in the country change, an earlier restart would be possible.

The Valor's transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on January 25, 2021 and it's return from Barcelona on February 26, 2021 has also been canceled.

"This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we've had to reschedule required dry docks. 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," said Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line.

The four impacted ships and resulting canceled itineraries include:

  • Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be canceled until Mar. 13, 2021
  • Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be canceled until Mar. 19, 2021
  • Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be canceled until Apr. 29, 2021 (including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on Jan. 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2021)
  • Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be canceled through May 16, 2021, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on June 12, 2021.

Trips on the Carnival Glory which also operates out of New Orleans will not be affected. Those cruises will resume on October 31.

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