Carnival Cruise Line has released plans for additional ship deployments as it continues to refine its phased approach to a return to guest operations for 2021, resulting in some ship-specific cruise cancellations and movements.
Those plans include:
- Related to already-announced dry dock plans for Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise and Carnival Valor, those ships’ return to operations will be delayed until NOV2021. As a result, voyages on Magic from Norfolk (embarkations from 29SEP-30OCT), Paradise from Tampa (embarkations from 05JUN-28PCT) and Valor from New Orleans (embarkations from 16SEP-28OCT) 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 APR 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 SEP, with a planned arrival to Long Beach in NOV 2021.
- With Carnival Miracle’s reposition to Long Beach, the ship will assume the three- and four-day itineraries for Carnival Radiance from 03MAY-01NOV, 2021 as well as the seven Hawaii voyages. Carnival Miracle will launch a new program of four- and five-day cruises to Mexico during the winter season, beginning NOV 2021 and continuing through APR 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: Panorama sailing seven-day Mexican Riviera itineraries and Radiance operating three- and four-day itineraries year-round, with Miracle operating four- and five-day Mexico and 14-day Hawaii itineraries during the winter.
“Like so much about this current global situation, we are adapting our plans as circumstances evolve and we are able to confirm alternatives. We are disappointed that our return to seasonal ports like Norfolk and San Diego has been impacted and appreciate the support of those port partners and communities. The support of our guests, travel agents, ports and business partners has truly been overwhelming as we work through this situation,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
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