Update: Due to ongoing uncertainty and the announcement from the CDC extending the no sail order, Carnival has canceled cruises departing from Port of Miami and Port Canaveral through November
(Insert your favorite exclamative phrase here): Only Florida cruises in 2020?
Carnival just announced the suspension of cruises through 2020 except for some from of Miami and Port Canaveral. Woah. Seemingly more bad news. Staying positive: Carnival expects to have cruises in 2020, even if they’re just short cruises out of two ports in Florida.
We … have cancelled cruises from all U.S. homeports except Miami and Port Canaveral for November and December 2020. While operations from Miami and Port Canaveral in November and December are still not certain, Carnival is focusing our initial return to service from those two homeports, whenever that might occur.
Many of us here at Carnival are working on protocols and procedures that would allow for the resumption of cruise operations, with a gradual, phased-in approach, designating Miami and Port Canaveral as the first two homeports for embarkations. In light of the CDC’s decision, cruises currently scheduled for November and December from those two homeports will remain in place for the time being while we evaluate options. However, we are providing guests booked on cruises in November and December out of Miami and Port Canaveral the ability to voluntarily cancel their reservation and receive the same offer that all other impacted guests are receiving, which includes a combination future cruise credit and onboard credit, or a full refund.Carnival
Aside from the obvious, that the only cruises available will be Florida cruises in 2020, Carnival’s statement has a lot of information including another confirmation of a “slow return” to cruising; initial cruises will be short; the cancellation policy and incentives are strong; and last but certainly not least, nobody knows when the CDC is going to allow cruises to resume.
Related: What will cruising be like in 2020?
Normally (whatever normal is in 2020), guests have had the option to accept future cruise credit plus on board credit or a refund after the cruises were canceled by Carnival. With today’s announcement, guests booked on cruises which have not been canceled can receive the same offer. This new twist is good news for those who (like me!) are tired of hoping for a vacation and having it canceled or those who are concerned about the safety of cruising.
In either case (whether Carnival just canceled on you or you want to cancel on them), Carnival is offering guests 100% future cruise credit plus on board credit ($600 per stateroom on 6+ day cruises and $300 per stateroom for cruises 5 days or less). Guests may also choose a full refund, giving up the on board credit.
Unlike other cruise lines, guests have to make a decision by using the Carnival online form. If you would like unbiased information, advice, and assistance use the contact form or call me at 844-483-6669.
The full list of impacted sailings is below (take note of which Florida cruises in 2020 are still scheduled):
- Carnival Splendor sailings through and including January 7, 2021
- Mardi Gras sailings November 14, 2020 through and including January 30, 2021
- Carnival Breeze from Ft. Lauderdale sailings November 7, 2020 through and including March 7, 2021
- Carnival Sunrise
- Ft. Lauderdale, New York and Norfolk sailings through and including October 19, 2020
- Miami 7 and 8 day sailings from October 9, 2021 through and including April 30, 2022, excluding the March 5, 2022 sailing
- Miami 5 day sailing January 3, 2022
- Carnival Radiance
- Sailings through and including November 1, 2020
- 9, 12, and 14 day sailings from May 2, 2021 through and including April 29, 2022
- 5 day sailings December 23, 2021 and December 28, 2021
- Carnival Paradise sailings through and including February 22, 2021
- Carnival Magic
- Ft. Lauderdale and Miami sailings through and including March 6, 2021
- Transatlantic & Barcelona sailings April 10, 2021 through and including May 3, 2021
- Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration sailings through and including April 19, 2021
- Carnival Valor sailings through and including April 24, 2021
- Carnival Spirit sailings through and including May 16, 2021
- Carnival Fascination sailings through and including January 9, 2022
- Carnival Sensation sailings March 3, 2022 and March 7, 2022
- Carnival Conquest, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Elation, and Carnival Liberty Miami and Port Canaveral sailings through and including October 31, 2020 Sailings between November 1 and December 31, 2020 from Miami and Port Canaveral have not been canceled. However, guests booked on these sailings may elect to cancel their booking any time prior to departure using this form and will receive the same offers below.
- All Other Ships sailings through and including December 31, 2020
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