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.
Carnival said it needed more time to build and implement a plan to meet the requirements for resuming operations issued by the Centres for Disease Control & Prevention.
Carnival Cruise Line has notified guests and travel agents that it is cancelling the remaining cruises for the six total ships operating from PortMiami and Port Canaveral for November.
Carnival Cruise Line has opened bookings for Carnival Celebration, its latest ship. The vessel, the next Excel-class ship and sister to Carnival Mardi Gras, will take to the water from late 2022.
Carnival Cruise Line has announced the sale of Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination. Both had previously been put on long-term lay-up status and removed from published itineraries.
There is still no sign of a significant return for the cruise industry, with Carnival Cruise Line the latest line to postpone a resumption of operations.
Carnival Corporation has announced two moves within its global leadership team as part of a broader effort to enhance operations and prepare for the eventual resumption of cruising.
Carnival Cruise Line has delayed the debut of Mardi Gras until 2021. Set to become the first LNG-powered ship to operate in the western hemisphere, itineraries had been planned from November 14th.
Carnival Cruises has revealed plans to return to limited sailing from August. However, outside of a handful of ships, further cancellations have also been confirmed.