Carnival Corp said last week that a majority of its ships’ itineraries were unchanged despite a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Carnival confirmed that some destination ports were reviewing their protocols and processes due to Omicron. Carnival said that it would find an alternative destination should it be forced to cancel a port.
The Queen Mary 2 (IMO 9241061) skipped a scheduled stop at New York and instead extended its stay in Barbados until January 2nd. Carnival business Cunard UK said a decision to add more crew members in the Bahamas was a precautionary measure.
Queen Mary 2 left Southampton for New York on December 13th and will sail back to the UK from Barbados to ensure it reaches Southampton on January 10th as planned.
Cunard said it would arrange flights from Barbados for the roughly 1,000 guests due to disembark in New York on January 3rd.
2003-built, Bermuda-flagged, 149,215 gt Queen Mary 2 is owned and managed by Carnival PLC of Southampton, UK. It is entered with Steamship Mutual (Carnival PLC trading as Cunard Line) and with UK Club (Carnival PLC trading as Cunard Line).