Four Carnival Cruise Line ships wont return to service until spring 2021 and one ship has been permanently sold, Carnival has today announced.
Carnival Cruise Line said that they are delaying the return to guest operations on four cruise ships until after scheduled dry dock enhancements are completed in the first half of 2021.
Impacted Sailings & Restart Dates
The four impacted ships and resulting cancelled itineraries include:
- Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until March 13, 2021
- Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be cancelled until March 19, 2021
- Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until April 29, 2021 (including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on January 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on February 26, 2021)
- Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be cancelled through May 16, 2021, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on June 12, 2021.
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said: “This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we’ve had to reschedule required dry docks.
Another Cruise Ship Sold
Carnival also announced it has sold both Carnival Imagination and Carnival Fascination which they originally announced were being placed into long term lay-up. This announcement won’t come as much of a shock to cruise fans, as Carnival Imagination was spotted heading to Turkey at the end of August.
Carnival Imagination was beached in Turkey this morning where scrapping will take place, similar to sister ships Carnival Fantasy and Carnival inspiration.
However, today’s announcement does give more clarity on the future of Carnival Fascination.C The ship is currently laid up in Cadiz, and will likely begin her voyage to Aliaga in the coming days.
Upon return to operations, Carnival will still operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships – Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise – which feature additional balcony staterooms as well as enhanced dining and entertainment options that are part of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement program.