US-based Carnival Cruise Line has notified guests of additional cruise cancellations and the extension of its pause in all operations from US ports, through to June 30th 2021.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, warned that “while we have not made plans to move Carnival Cruise Line ships outside of our US homeports, we may have no choice but to do so in order to resume our operations which have been on ‘pause’ for over a year. We appreciate the continued patience and support from our loyal guests, travel advisors and business partners as we work on a return-to-service solution.”
Booked guests and travel advisors are being notified directly of the cancellations and the options for a future cruise credit plus onboard credit package, or a full refund.
To provide flexibility for guests booked on July itineraries that remain in the schedule, Carnival is extending final payment deadlines for all July sailings to May 31st 2021, with the ability to cancel without penalty.
Duffy said that “we know that this is very disappointing to our guests who continue to be eager to sail, and we remain committed to working with the Administration and the CDC to find a workable solution that best serves the interest of public health. We are asking that the cruise industry be treated on par with the approach being taken with other travel and tourism sectors, as well as US society at large”
Meanwhile, UK-based holidays-to-insurance business Saga has said that its tour and cruise businesses will not resume operations until later this year. It has cut 36% of its workforce as it deals with pandemic-led travel disruptions.
The company had previously planned to restart its cruises in May,