Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled additional cruises for the first part of 2021, as it works to meet the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s resumption requirements.
All ships embarking from US homeports in January will be cancelled, with those leaving from Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego cancelled until 28 February, and embarkations on Carnival Legend out of Tampa cancelled through to 26 March.
The cruise line is in the process of a phased-in approach to resumed operations, focusing initially on Miami and Port Canaveral, to be followed by Galveston.
The CDC’s No Sail Order was lifted on 31 October, but cruise companies have been slapped with a set of strict new rules before they can resume passenger excursions.
The framework calls for a phased approach to the resumption of operations alongside a stringent set of health and safety requirements including a series of “mock” voyages.
In line with CDC protocols, Carnival Horizon arrives in Miami this week, and Carnival Breeze will be the next ship back to the US.
In total, 16 Carnival ships are currently following the CDC process for an eventual resumption of guest service in the US in 2021, including Carnival Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Miracle, Panorama, Pride, Sensation, Sunrise, Sunshine and Vista.
Mardi Gras, which is under construction in Finland, will also enter service in 2021.
Alongside the CDC’s new framework, Carnival has also been ordered to prove is it adhering to environmental requirements before it can return its cruise ships to sea in the US.
The company has been slapped with an additional reporting requirement relating to past environmental charges against its subsidiary Princess Cruises which was convicted for discharging oily waste in 2016.
Last year, the company was forced to pay US federal prosecutors $28.6 million, after Carnival CEO Arnold Donald confessed the company had infringed probation terms from this conviction.
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