Carnival Cruise Line extends pause

Carnival Cruise Line has extended its pause on global cruising,  with voyages in the early part of 2021 now called off.

Carnival said on Wednesday November 18th that  all voyages from US homeports had been cancelled through to January 31st 2021. Sailings from Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego were cancelled through to February 28th, while sailings on the Carnival Legend out of Tampa were being paused until March 26th.

The cruise line said it was continuing to build and implement its plan to meet the requirements of the Framework for Resuming Cruise Ship Operations Order issued on October 30th by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The cruise company, which has thinned down its number of ships to less than 100 and which has raised cash on the markets through a mixture of debt, equity and has also swapped debt for equity in one case, said that its resumption of guest operations would focus initially on Miami and Port Canaveral, to be followed by Galveston in Texas.

Sixteen Carnival ships are currently following the CDC process for an eventual resumption of guest service in the US in 2021. These include Carnival Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Miracle, Panorama, Pride, Sensation, Sunrise, Sunshine and Vista. The Mardi Gras is under construction at Meyer Turku in Finland, and is scheduled to enter service in 2021.

Four vessels – Magic, Paradise, Valor, and Victory/Radiance are scheduled for dry docks during H1 2021. The current plan is that they will return to service after maintenance work and upgrades are completed.