The Carnival Cruise line has pulled plans for a new route in 2009 due to the current economic climate. The Carnival Liberty will remain based in Miami instead of re-positioning itself in Europe. A number of scheduled 12 and 13-night trips between Dover and North and Western Europe have been cancelled.
The decision was based on “current market conditions, continued economic uncertainty and high air costs to Europe which impact US visitors wishing to cruise in Europe,” a statement said.
Passengers who had booked on this service are being offered cruises on sister ships operated by the Carnival brand including 12 nights on the new Carnival Dream which is due to launch in 2009 in Italy from Rome cruising around the Mediterranean. Those opting for this will be given a $50 onboard credit. As well that the company will be running a 16 day transatlantic crossing from late October 2009.
Lynn Narraway, Carnival Cruise Lines’ UK managing director, said: “We would like to apologise for the disruption this will cause our UK passengers, and our trade partners who have worked so hard with us to build up our ex-UK cruise presence in the UK market. As international operators, we are focusing on our core Miami and Port Canaveral cruises, which continue to be most popular for the UK market, and which also remain perennially popular with US passengers, especially in the current economic climate.
She went on to add, “We are very sorry that we are now unable to offer our Carnival Liberty ex-Dover sailings for 2009, but very much hope to be back in the future.”
Carnival are collaborating with sister brands Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises giving affected passengers more choice of alternatives.