Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled additional sailings into July, but has also announced a plan to bring at least three ships back into service by the same month.
Carnival Cruise Line notified guests and travel partners this week that it is cancelling additional sailings until July 30th, 2021, so that it can focus on a possible July restart in the US.
Carnival Cruise Line is now planning to bring Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze back into service with cruises from Galveston in July, while Carnival Horizon will cruise from PortMiami.
Carnival also indicated that if it can find a solution to allow cruise ships to visit Alaska, the Carnival Miracle will assume some of the Carnival Freedom’s departures from Seattle.
Due to the uncertainty inherent to these plans, the cruise line has extended its flexible booking policy until the end of May.
“Given that there is still some uncertainty in our ability to operate these cruises, guests booked on those sailings who wish to make alternate summer vacation plans may cancel without penalty by May 31, 2021 and receive a full refund,” the company said, in a statement.
All other cruises are cancelled until at least July 30th, and guests who were booked on any of these itineraries will receive a future cruise credit (FCC) and onboard credit (OBC) or a full refund.
Carnival added in its statement that it unable to provide any clearer information or plans for guests due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the Conditional Sailing Order and the regulations to which cruise lines will need to adhere.
“We continue to have constructive discussions with the CDC but still have many questions that remain unanswered,” said Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line.
“We are working diligently to resume sailing in the U.S. and meet the CDC guidelines. We sincerely appreciate the continued patience and understanding of our guests and travel advisor partners and will share additional information as quickly as we can,” she added.
Carnival Cruise Line is one of the few major cruise line to not yet implement a mandatory vaccine policy. Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have both indicated they will require full vaccination from guests.
There remains considerable confusion over which CDC regulations apply to fully vaccinated ships and which do not, including strict social distancing and dining rules that make meal services aboard ship near-impossible in real world operation.