Carnival Extends Sailing Suspension Through September
Carnival Cruise Line has extended its cancellation on future trips to September 30.
The cruise line announced Monday that it was extending its suspension of services, that was originally scheduled to end on August 1, due to the coronavirus.
"During this unprecedented pause in our business, we have continued to assess the operating environment and confer with public health, government and industry officials," Carnival Cruise Line President, Christine Duffy, said in a press release.
The extension affects cruises aboard all 27 Carnival ships. Guests whose cruises are affected can either receive a refund or choose to rebook, which will give them a Future Cruise Credit in combination with either a $300 or $600 Onboard Credit.
“Once we do resume service, we will take all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we bring our ships to in order to maintain public confidence in our business,” Duffy said. “Nevertheless, we apologize for disrupting your vacation plans and appreciate your patience as we work through these decisions.”
Carnival initially suspended its service for 30 days on March 13, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That pause has been extended three times since.
The most recent extension follows the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announcing last week that it would “voluntarily extend the period of suspended passenger operations” from U.S. ports until September 15. The extended time will be used to conference with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about best health practices when cruises resume.
The CDC extended its No-Sail order once. It is now due to expire on July 24.
When COVID-19 broke out, cruise lines were optimistic and intended to begin sailing again in May. However, the CDC still recommends that “travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide.”
When cruise ships finally reopen to passengers, there will likely be many changed aspects, including possible health checks before boarding and increased cleaning and disinfecting of public areas.