Carnival Cruise Line extends US suspension until July

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The Carnival cruise news everyone expected is now a reality, with the cruise line extending its suspension until June 30, 2021. It comes as the cruise industry fights for survival and feels mistreated by the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

Carnival Cruise Line cancels cruises

The Miami-based cruise line has decided to extend its grip on US operations until June 30, 2021. This now means that the first cruises will not resume until July at the earliest.

The new carnival Mardi Gras cruise ship will also have to wait even longer until its long-awaited debut out of the new Terminal 3 of Port Canaveral. The ship’s maiden voyage is now scheduled to depart for a trip to the Eastern Caribbean on July 3, 2021.

Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, said:

“We know this is very disappointing for our guests who continue to be eager to navigate, and we remain committed to working with the administration and the CDC to find a viable solution that best serves the interests of public health. We call for the cruise industry to be treated on an equal footing with the approach taken with other travel and tourism sectors, as well as with American society as a whole. “

This seriously calls into question whether Carnival Cruise Line made the right choice in remaining engaged in US ports and not finding alternative solutions outside the country. The new round of cancellations affects most of the fleet.

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Impacted guests

The new round of cancellations will be hugely disappointing for guests who are hoping their June trip will continue. The cruise line informs all passengers of their compensation options and the reasons why their trip will no longer take place. In the letter, Carnival states:

“While we were hoping to resume service as early as June 2021, the information released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not provide the clarity we need to continue. Therefore, we must inform you that we have extended our break until June 30, 2021. Unfortunately, this means that your cruise has been canceled and we sincerely apologize for this disappointing news.

Customers can choose between Future Cruise Credit (FCC) plus Onboard Credit or a full refund. Carnival also offers additional flexibility by extending final payment deadlines for all July crossings through May 31, 2021. Customers can also choose to cancel their trip without penalty.

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Carnival cruise ships docked in Miami
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Carnival can change its approach

Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy also said the cruise line may have to change its approach to resume operations that have been on hold for over a year:

“While we have no plans to move the Carnival Cruise Line ships away from our US home ports, we may have no choice but to do so in order to resume our operations which are on “break” for over a year. We appreciate the continued patience and support of our loyal customers, travel counselors and business partners as we work on a return-to-service solution. “

She had previously said that Carnival was the American cruise line and remained engaged in American ports. However, with the CDC not budging by lifting its conditional navigation order, Carnival could be forced to follow Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line by moving ships to new home ports outside of the United States.

This news follows Disney Cruise Line, which has also announced the same day that cruises to the United States are to remain suspended until June.
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