With Carnival Dream and Carnival Glory resuming guest operations, Carnival Cruise Line now has 11 ships sailing again. The figure represents half of company’s United States-based fleet.
Carnival has confirmed plans for further ship restarts from November onward. The line currently has eight of its ships in guest operations, with more restarting in September and October.
As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s return to guest operations, Mardi Gras has docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The arrival marks the new ship’s first port of call on its maiden voyage.
Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed three more ships will resume guest operations in September. Another four will return in October, bringing the total number of ships to 15.
A total of eight brands are resuming operations using a gradual, phased-in approach, with sailings announced on 42 ships to date through the end of fiscal year 2021.
Carnival Cruise Line has finalised plans to return to guest operations from Port of Galveston on July 3rd with Carnival Vista. This will be followed by the return of Carnival Breeze on July 15th.
The line said it anticipates beginning able to operate sailings on three ships from Florida and Texas, including Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze from Galveston, and Carnival Horizon from Miami.
Carnival Cruise Line has joined members of the Federal Maritime Commission, Galveston city and port officials at the Port of Galveston to highlight the economic impact of cruising in Texas.
A number of cruise lines owned by Carnival Corporation, including Seabourn and Holland America Line, have revealed a new wave of cancellations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In addition to the blanket suspension of operations until April, Carnival has confirmed Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise and Carnival Valor will not now return from dry dock until November this year.
Carnival Cruise Line has extended its pause in United States departures until at least April 30th. At the same time, Australian operations have been cancelled until May 19th.
When Mardi Gras begins guest operations in April, the 180,000-gross-ton vessel will be the most innovative ship in North America as it will be the first ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas.