The cruise line will operate out of three ports.

By Cailey Rizzo
Updated June 01, 2020

Carnival Cruise Line intends to resume part of its North American service on August 1.

Eight Carnival cruise ships are expected to restart sailings from Miami, Port Canaveral, and Galveston ports, according to the announcement released on Monday.

Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom, and Carnival Vista are scheduled to begin their service from Galveston to the Caribbean beginning August 1. From Florida, the Horizon, Magic, Sensation, Breeze, and Elation cruise ships are scheduled to start trips to the Caribbean and Bahamas.

A Carnival Cruise ship docked in California.
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"This reflects a measured, thoughtful, and realistic approach, including a phase-in of operations and a limited number of homeports conveniently located for many of our guests," a spokesperson for Carnival told Travel + Leisure on Monday. "We will continue to assess the operating environment and keep our guests and travel agents informed of our plans."

All scheduled cruises through July 31 are canceled.

Cruises scheduled in other North American and Australian markets are canceled through at least August 31. The cruise line's trips from Seattle to Alaska, Vancouver to Honolulu in September, and Honolulu to Brisbane in October are also canceled.

Guests who were booked on an itinerary that is now canceled will be contacted via email with options to choose a future cruise credit or refund. Going forward, as coronavirus travel restrictions aren't completely eliminated, we're told that the same protocol applies trips that are scheduled to start after August 1.

"Should there be any additional restrictions beyond what was announced today, we would provide our guests with an opportunity to receive a full refund or opt to sail at a later date and receive a shipboard credit," the spokesperson told T+L. 

The port locations — strategically chosen as they're feasible to reach by car — eliminate a possible plane trip, and work in alignment with the CDC's ruling that passengers and crew who arrive in the U.S. from a cruise will not be able to board a domestic commercial flight for two weeks.

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.