Carnival Cruise Line today unveiled plans for its next wave of the summer restart of guest operations, including the first cruise for Mardi Gras and the return of additional ships in August. Plan highlights include:
- Mardi Gras will begin operating its seven-day cruises from Port Canaveral on Saturday, July 31, with pre-inaugural departures to the eastern and western Caribbean.
- Carnival Magic will return from its dry dock, and with its new hull design, and from the base port of Port Canaveral, where it will pick up four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean that were previously scheduled for Carnival Elation, starting on the 7 of August. Until 7 October. Guests who have already booked on Carnival Elation will be relocated to Carnival Magic, and because it is a larger ship, additional stateroom inventory will be made available on Carnival.com and other sales channels. Carnival Magic will also operate three new six-day cruises and a new eight-day cruise from Port Canaveral between October 11 and October 31.
- Carnival Sunrise will enter service from Miami, starting August 14, sailing on four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
- Carnival Panorama will enter service from Long Beach on August 21, sailing its seven-day cruises along the Mexican Riviera.
- Carnival Vista and Breeze (from Galveston), Carnival Horizon (from Miami) and Carnival Miracle (from Seattle to Alaska) will continue their cruises through August which are part of the line’s reboot plans in July.
- Given the above plans, Carnival has extended its hiatus for other ships until August 31, 2021, as follows: Carnival Pride (Baltimore), Carnival Sunshine (Charleston), Carnival Dream (Galveston), Carnival Ecstasy (Jacksonville), Carnival Liberty (Port Canaveral), Carnival Conquest (Miami), Carnival Sensation (Mobile) and Carnival Glory (New Orleans).
- Guests and travel agents are informed of August scheduling plans and more details will be provided directly next week by Carnival on guidelines and protocols. Carnival plans to operate these August outings with vaccinated guests.
“We are very excited to finally welcome guests to Mardi Gras,” said Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line. “In our desire to preserve the summer vacation for our Mardi Gras guests, we will find a later date to formally baptize it so that we can operate these pre-inaugural trips as soon as we can.”
Duffy also noted that Carnival intends to expand its initial reboot from Florida, Texas and Washington to California, with the return of Carnival Panorama from Long Beach in late August. “We are excited to resume our West Coast operations and we intend to sail Carnival Panorama with vaccinated guests beginning August 21. We are working with state and local officials to finalize the necessary plans,” Duffy said.
Carnival will continue to grow more ships and ports of origin in September and beyond, bringing hundreds of crew on board each week to get vaccinated, complete the CDC-mandated quarantine, and then begin work to prepare for guests and return to guest operations.
“Our focus continues to be the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we serve and visit,” said Duffy. “We are taking a deliberate approach to being able to execute with excellence and provide a fun experience for our guests, who have been tremendously patient and supportive during this hiatus.”