Carnival Cruise Line has provided an update on the status of a number of cruise ships and revealed further redeployment plans.
The cruise line has confirmed Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration have been sold for scrap and are currently heading to Turkey to be beached.
It also announced sister ships Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination will go into a long-term lay up, with no confirmation when or if they would return to service.
The cruise line has also confirmed its second excel-class vessel, a sister ship to Mardi Gras, is to debut in November 2022 as part of Carnival’s 50th birthday celebrations. Itineraries on the as-yet-unnamed ship will go on sale this autumn.
Carnival Sensation will move from Miami to Mobile and take up itineraries previously assigned to Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Fascination, with guests on those two ships being re-accommodated on Carnival Sensation.
Carnival Sunrise will move from Port Everglades to PortMiami and assume the itineraries previously operated by Carnival Sensation. Guests booked on the Sunrise 4- and 5-day itineraries from Port Everglades will be automatically moved to sailings from PortMiami.
Carnival Fascination itineraries from San Juan and Barbados have been cancelled for 2020-2021 as the cruise line focuses its return to operations on mainland drive markets in the U.S.
Itineraries for Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration from Long Beach have been cancelled through Apr. 19, 2021. Carnival Panorama will continue to operate 7-day cruises from Long Beach while Carnival Miracle will operate shorter itineraries from San Diego to Baja Mexico.
Carnival Radiance will now move directly from Europe after its $200 million transformation and homeport in Long Beach in April 2021, where it will assume the short Baja Mexico itineraries previously served by Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration. Guests booked on Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration after April 22, 2021 will be re-accommodated on Carnival Radiance.