MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has announced changes to its fleet deployment plan, including the removal of two ships from its fleet.
Carnival had previously shared that Carnival Sensation’s restart was delayed, and that Carnival Ecstasy would move from Jacksonville, Fla., to Mobile, Ala., to operate what were previously planned as the Carnival Sensation itineraries, effective with the March 5, 2022 restart.
In addition, Carnival said that Carnival Spirit would go to Jacksonville to take over the March 7, 2022 restart in Jacksonville, operating the previously scheduled Carnival Ecstasy itineraries.
The cruise line is now announcing the following updates to the above:
- Jacksonville: As previously announced, Carnival Spirit will replace Carnival Ecstasy in Jacksonville. While that will happen for departures from March 7 through April 9, 2022, the new two cruises are being cancelled and then a new ship will be assigned from the Carnival fleet to Jacksonville for the Ecstasy itineraries, effective April 23, 2022. More details will be made shortly.
- Mobile: Carnival Ecstasy will reposition to Mobile for departures from March 5 through Oct. 10, 2022. Cruises from Mobile that were planned for Carnival Sensation from Oct. 15, 2022 through Sept. 30, 2023 have been cancelled. Carnival will be announcing a new operating plan for Mobile cruises at a later date.
- Australia: Carnival is cancelling planned operations of Carnival Splendor from June 10, 2022 through Sept. 26, 2022, and of Carnival Spirit from June 5, 2022 to Oct. 5, 2023. Details for a two-ship return to Australia will be announced when they are confirmed.
As part of this deployment plan, Carnival Sensation will not restart guest operations and Carnival Ecstasy’s last cruise in guest operations will be the Oct. 10, 2022 departure from Mobile. Both ships will leave the Carnival fleet.
“Our guests have remained passionate and supportive throughout the restart and 2022 gives us plenty of reasons for enthusiasm and excitement as we reach full operations in the U.S., prepare for our 50th birthday celebration, and await the arrival of Carnival Celebration this fall,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “Our very loyal guests, our vibrant homeport strategy and our fleet of popular ships are strengths to our advantage as we adapt to changing opportunities and circumstances.”