Carnival Cruise Line is set to revise the launches of its new cruise ships and make huge changes to itineraries. This will affect cruise holidays in both 2020 and 2021 and see tens of sailings axed. Anyone affected by cancelled or altered cruises will be contacted today.
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In the latest cruise news update from the company, Carnival announced it will be notifying guests and travel agents on Tuesday of revisions to the delivery of its newest ship, Mardi Gras.
The vessel is the first Liquefied Natural Gas-powered ship to operate in the Western Hemisphere and features the first roller coaster at sea.
Mardi Gras will now enter into service from Port Canaveral, Florida on February 6, 2021.
Itineraries out of Port Canaveral for departures from November 14, 2020 to January 30, 2021 have been cancelled.
There are also updates due regarding the transformed Carnival Radiance.
The ship’s $200million (£160m) dry dock in Spain was suspended in spring due to the coronavirus lockdown.
Carnival is now evaluating shipyard options to complete the transformation, but the ship is likely not going to be completed until spring 2021, the company said in a statement.
The delayed arrival of Carnival Radiance will impact the itineraries of other vessels in the fleet.
Carnival Breeze will now be redeployed from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral and will assume the itineraries for Carnival Radiance from November 8, 2020 to April 24, 2021.
This means nearly 20 Carnival cruises have now been cancelled.
Guests on 18 Carnival Breeze sailings from Fort Lauderdale scheduled to operate from November 7, 2020 to March 7, 2021 are being notified that their cruises have been axed.
What’s more, Carnival Magic’s transatlantic and European itineraries from March 13, 2021 to May 3, 2021 have been cancelled.
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Seven sailings previously scheduled for Carnival Breeze from Fort Lauderdale from March 13 to April 24, 2021 will move to Miami.
Those guests will sail on the same itinerary, but on Carnival Magic operating from Port Miami.
Guest and travel agent notifications will be emailed over the course of the day on Tuesday, July 7.
“We continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global commerce, public health and our cruise operations,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“In addition to our current pause in service, there have been many other unintended consequences, including shipyard, dry dock and ship delivery delays, and related changes to our deployment plans for our fleet.
“While we had hoped to make up construction time on Mardi Gras over the summer, it’s clear we will need extra time to complete this magnificent ship.
“We share our guests’ disappointment and appreciate their patience as we work through this unprecedented time in our business and the lives of so many people.
“We remain committed to working with government, public health and industry officials to support the response to the pandemic and to return to operations when the time is right.”
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