Carnival Suspension Extended: Update 1/22/21
Like other cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Line operations have been impacted by COVID-19. Currently, we have cancelled all sailings through and including April 30, 2021. In addition, other sailings are canceled due to ships leaving the fleet, redeployments, government restrictions and changes to dry dock schedules.Carnival
Additionally, Carnival has made some changes to specific ships as follows:
- Mardi Gras from Port Canaveral canceled up to and including May 22, 2021 (New start date for Mardi Gras out of Port Canaveral is May 29, 2021)
- Carnival Legend European itineraries up to and including October 31, 2021.
Options for guests booked on sailings impacted by this announcement remain the same as previous cancelations. Future Cruise Credit of 100% and onboard credit ($600 for 6+ day sailings, $300 for 5 days or less — both are per stateroom). Guests may also request a 100% refund.
In either case — future cruise credit or refund — port fees and taxes along with any optional pre-cruise purchases (spa, dining/beverage packages, pre paid gratuities, etc.) will be refunded to the original form of payment.
Carnival Suspension Extended: Update 1/6/21
Today, January 6, 2021, brings more of the same cruise line announcements from 2020. The Carnival suspension extended through March 2021 is the first but certainly not the last. I thought I was controversial when I wrote about the CDC wanting to delay cruising and getting their way even when they lifted the no sail order and even more so when my opinion was that cruising wasn’t starting any time soon.
As we continue to evaluate the operating environment and public health challenges facing the country, we also continue to evaluate our fleet deployment plans and scheduling options related to the gradual and phased-in approach we will be taking as we return to guest operations in 2021.Carnival
What’s Affected By This Carnival Suspension Extension:
- All embarkations from U.S. homeports through March 31, 2021
- Carnival Freedom from Galveston through April 10, 2021 (which includes a repositioning of the ship from Galveston to Seattle and a 17-day Carnival Journeys cruise which is not allowed under the current guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
- Carnival Miracle from San Diego and San Francisco through September 16, 2021 (which includes many 10-day and longer itineraries not allowed under the current CDC guidelines)
- Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral from September 17 – October 18, 2021 (to accommodate rescheduled dry dock work)
- Carnival Sunshine from Charleston from October 11 – November 13, 2021 (to accommodate rescheduled dry dock work)
- Carnival Spirit’s 15-day cruise from Singapore to Brisbane on June 12, 2021 (consistent with the current limitations on international travel in place in Australia)
For guests on canceled cruises, the offer from Carnival remains the same as the other suspension extensions. Cruises 6 days or more receive 100% future cruise credit plus $600 per stateroom onboard credit. For cruises 5 days or fewer, receive 100% FCC and $300 per stateroom onboard credit. Alternately, for those who don’t choose future cruise credit, you may request a refund and receive 100% of the money paid to Carnival.
As has been the policy since the beginning of the pandemic, with each extension of the suspension, monies paid for taxes, port fees, and any other “add on” items (such as prepaid gratuities, spa services, drink packages, etc.) will be refunded whether the FCC/OBC option is chosen or a refund is requested.
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