In a statement released on Monday, the operator said that eight cruise ships would resume operations from August 1, departing from Galveston, Texas, and Miami and Port Canaveral in Florida, after a sailing ban Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). had expired.
The CDC issued repeated warnings that cruise travel has spread the coronavirus epidemic around the world, and on Friday, the US Congress announced an investigation into the parent company of Carnival Cruise Line – Carnival Corporation – about why he had not acted earlier to protect passengers and staff.
In response to the announcement, the CDC said it had not discussed resumption of cruise travel with any operator, adding “we do not have enough information to say when it will be safe for them. cruise ships to resume navigation. “
Dozens of people have died and more than 1,500 confirmed Covid-19 infections have been recorded in connection with Carnival ships, which have experienced major epidemics on the Diamond Princess, Zaandam and Ruby Princess.
Carnival Cruise Line said it was “committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the Covid-19 situation” in the statement to customers and travel agents announcing a limited resumption of operations in North America.
“We are taking a measured approach, focusing our return to service in a number of home ports where we have larger operations that are easily accessible by car for the majority of our customers,” he said.
The CDC’s non-navigation order was issued for the first time on March 14, as growing concerns arise over how “cruise ship travel can continue to introduce, transmit or broadcast Covid-19 ” The order was extended for 100 days from April 15 to July 24, prohibiting travel until Covid-19 is no longer a public health emergency or the CDC changes the order based on specific advice from public health.
In addition to announcing the resumption of operations, Carnival Cruise Line said it canceled all of its trips in July and extended “break” operations in all other North American and Australian markets until the end of August.
“We will use this extra time to continue to engage experts, government officials and stakeholders on additional protocols and procedures to protect the health and safety of our customers, crew and the communities we serve” , continues the press release.
In a statement, the CDC said it “is closely monitoring the situation on cruise ships while we review cruise line plans to prevent, detect, contain and respond to Covid-19 during the blackout period navigation.
“The CDC will continue to work with cruise lines to ensure that all necessary public health procedures are in place when the cruise lines start operating regularly. The CDC has not consulted with any of the cruise lines on the length of time it takes passengers to resume cruise travel. “