By Dave Sebastian
Carnival Cruise Line is postponing some sailings due to supply-chain conditions, brand president Christine Duffy said, slowing its ramp-up of sailings from the U.S.
The Carnival Corp. flagship will have 15 ships sailing from seven U.S. ports by mid-November, Ms. Duffy said Thursday. The cruise line currently has eight ships in operations, with more restarting in September and October.
“We are making slight adjustments to our timeline to take into account supply-chain realities and ensure that our destination and shore excursion offerings can meet the strong demand we are seeing from our guests,” Ms. Duffy said.
Carnival said five ships operating out of U.S. ports will be moved to 2022: Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral, Fla.; Carnival Sunshine in Charleston, S.C.; Carnival Paradise in Tampa, Fla.; Carnival Ecstasy in Jacksonville, Fla.; and Carnival Sensation in Mobile, Ala.
The company said Carnival Conquest’s restart from Miami on Oct. 8 has been pushed to Dec. 13. Carnival Radiance’s maiden voyage out of Long Beach, Calif., will also be pushed to Dec. 13 from Nov. 5 due to a revised dry dock transformation plan, Carnival said.
Carnival Pride’s new service from Tampa is set to start Nov. 14, the cruise line said. Carnival Legend will restart Nov. 14 from Baltimore, replacing Carnival Pride, which restarts operations from Baltimore Sept. 12 before moving its homeport to Tampa after a Panama Canal repositioning cruise.
The company said Carnival Valor will follow Carnival Glory in New Orleans with four- and five-night sailings starting Nov. 1.
Outside the U.S., Carnival also has canceled four additional sailings for both Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor out of Australia. Both ships’ cruises are canceled up to and including Dec. 16, it said.
Carnival, like its peers, has reported positive Covid-19 cases onboard in the first few months of its U.S. restart after more than a year of hiatus. A Carnival passenger recently died due to a Covid-19 infection, the first known death of a cruise-line passenger due to the virus since U.S. cruises resumed in late June.
The company said it is telling customers booked in November and December that it will continue to meet the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s standard of vaccinated cruises, and that they will need to present proof of both vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test at check-in. The cruise line will grant a small number of exemptions for children under 12 and other guests who can’t be vaccinated, it said.
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