Carnival finetunes fleet deployment, more cancellations and delays coming

Carnival finetunes fleet deployment, more cancellations and delays coming

MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line is rejigging its ship deployments in 2021 as it continues to refine its phased-in approach to a return to guest operations.

This, says president Christine Duffy, has resulted in a few ship-specific cruise cancellations and movements, of which guests and travel agents are currently being advised.

“Like so much about this current global situation, we are adapting our plans as circumstances evolve and we are able to confirm alternatives,” said Duffy. “The support of our guests, travel agents, ports and business partners has truly been overwhelming as we work through this situation.”

 

New updates include the following:

 

  • Related to already-announced dry dock plans for Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise and Carnival Valor, those ships’ return to operations will be delayed until November 2021. Consequently, voyages on Carnival Magic from Norfolk (embarkations from Sept. 29-Oct. 30), Carnival Paradise from Tampa (embarkations from June 5-Oct. 28) and Carnival Valor from New Orleans (embarkations from Sept. 16-Oct. 28) have been cancelled.
  • Carnival Miracle’s planned seasonal service from San Diego has been suspended until further notice, and sailings out of San Diego that were available for sale through April 2023 have been cancelled, with the exception of seven voyages to Hawaii, which will move to Long Beach.
  • Carnival Radiance’s dry dock and transformation has been moved to September, with a planned arrival to Long Beach in November 2021.
  • With Carnival Miracle’s reposition to Long Beach, the ship will assume the three- and four-day itineraries for Carnival Radiance from May 3-Nov. 1, 2021 as well as the seven Hawaii Carnival Journeys referenced above.  In addition, Carnival Miracle will launch a new program of four- and five-day cruises to Mexico during the winter season, beginning November 2021 and continuing through April 2023.

Where possible, West Coast guests are being accommodated in a transfer to Carnival Miracle (from Carnival Radiance, or the retention of their Hawaiian itinerary via a Long Beach embarkation instead. With this change, Carnival will eventually run a three-ship operation from its port facility at Long Beach: Carnival Panorama sailing seven-day Mexican Riviera itineraries and Carnival Radiance operating three- and four-day itineraries year-round, with Carnival Miracle operating four- and five-day Mexico and 14-day Hawaii itineraries during the winter.

Last week, Carnival Cruise Line also announced that it is extending its pause in U.S. departures through April 30, as well as cancelling Australian operations through May 19, 2021. Carnival Legend’s European itineraries have also been cancelled while the start date for Mardi Gras from Port Canaveral has been moved to May 29, 2021.