Carnival Cruise Line is informing both travelers and travel agents that it has cancelled all itineraries through February 28, 2021. However, it plans on a resumption of cruising next year -- including the move of the inaugural sailing of its newest ship, Mardi Gras, until April 24, 2021.
In an email from Carnival, a spokesperson told ConsumerAffairs that a few of its ships such as Legend, Valor, Paradise, Magic, and Victory will enter service in the spring following their dry docks.
Playing it safe
Even though there’s a coronavirus vaccine in sight and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted its pandemic-led No Sail Order for cruise ships in early November-- reallowing cruise ship companies to get back in the seas with travelers on board for the first time in seven months -- Carnival and others are opting to play it safe until the pandemic is closer to being totally out of our lives.
"We apologize to our guests but we must continue to take a thoughtful, deliberate and measured approach as we map out our return to operations in 2021," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "Our commitment to the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit is at the forefront of our decisions and operations."
A rundown of other cruise line pauses
Cruise-happy travelers need to prepare for a long winter at home. On Wednesday, Norwegian Cruise Lines also suspended most of its scheduled cruises and moved them to April 2021. As for Seabourn, the cruise line said that it is waiting for further directives from the CDC and has temporarily “stopped selling all cruises eight days and longer which call upon a U.S. port and depart January 1 through November 1, 2021.”
As to what other cruise lines have decided to do, ConsumerAffairs found the following rundown on TravelWeekly:
MSC Cruises. It suspended operations for its U.S.-based sailings through February 28.
Royal Caribbean. For Royal Caribbean International, most global sailings have been canceled through February 28, and Australia sailings have been suspended through April 30. The Spectrum of the Seas's China sailings are suspended through January 20.
Celebrity Cruises. Celebrity is suspending all sailings through at least February 28, with South America sailings canceled through April 7.
Silversea Cruises. Cruises are cancelled until April 1, except on the Galapagos-based Silver Origin, which is suspended through February 6. Sailings on its Azamara-branded ships are canceled through March 20.
Princess Cruises. All global operations are paused through March 31. TravelWeekly said Princess has also canceled all cruises in and out of Japan through June 25, citing uncertainty around travel restrictions.
Holland America.Holland has extended its pause through March 31, and cruises of eight days or longer that call in the U.S. will be canceled through November 1, 2021. Some longer cruises in other parts of the world will not resume until mid-April.
Windstar Cruises. Cancellation of cruises has been extended through late March. At present, the line has plans for its ship the Wind Spirit to set sail on March 25 in Tahiti.