Carnival Cruise Line announces additional cancellations
Carnival Cruise Line on Friday announced more cancelations for the 2021 season. Earlier this month the cruise line had said it would extend its pause in operations until March 31, 2021, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The cruise line made the announcement on Twitter and said that all U.S. departures through April 30 have been canceled. “In addition, we’ve moved the start date for Mardi Gras out of Port Canaveral to May 29, 2021,” the cruise line said. The cruise line added that those who are not able to take their trip are receiving a generous future cruise credit with an onboard credit package.
Carnival cancels March cruises from Port Canaveral, other U.S. ports
Bolt is set to debut on board the Carnival Mardi Gras in 2020. Carnival Cruise Line on Wednesday said it is extending its halt to cruises from Port Canaveral and other U.S. ports through March, as it aims to meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements for resuming cruises. Port Canaveral has not had multiday cruises since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, reports News 6 partner Florida Today. The Carnival Mardi Gras — the cruise line’s newest and largest ship — is scheduled to begin sailing out of Port Canaveral on April 24, offering seven-night cruises to the Caribbean. Pre-pandemic, the Mardi Gras had been scheduled to start sailing from Port Canaveral in October.
Carnival Cruise Line cancels cruises through February, delays Mardi Gras debut
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Carnival Cruise Line announced it has canceled sailings from Port Canaveral, Miami and Galveston through February due to the coronavirus. The company also said it will delay the inaugural sailing of Mardi Gras until April 24. The new ship will sail from Port Canaveral and includes a roller coaster on board. “As we implement our plans for the resumption of cruising in 2021, we have canceled select itineraries for specific operations including cruises in February in Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston,” Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement.
Coronavirus: Carnival cancels early 2021 cruises
ORLANDO, Fla. – Carnival said Wednesday that as it continues to outline plans to sail with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, it has notified guests that is has canceled cruises planned for early next year. Carnival said as it works to meet operational health and safety standards, it has canceled additional cruises for the first part of 2021, including cruises leaving from homeports from Jan. 1 through Jan. 30. Carnival said it’s focusing on resuming operations at a limited number of ports, including Port Canaveral and Miami, with hopes to later focus on Galveston. pic.twitter.com/Dra9jpXgCj — Carnival Cruise Line (@CarnivalCruise) November 18, 2020All guests affected by the changes have been notified, according to Carnival. “We appreciate the support of our guests, travel advisor partners, and local officials in homeports and destinations," Carnival said in a statement.
Cruise ship rescues 24 people from boat off Florida coast
MIAMI – A Carnival Cruise Line ship rescued two dozen people, including two children, from a sinking boat 37 miles (about 60 kilometers) off the Florida coast, the cruise line reported Saturday. It was not immediately clear why the smaller boat came under distress, but its passengers were taken on board the Carnival Sensation when the boat started taking on water. The Miami Herald said the passengers were later transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard. The cruise ship was in international waters 37 miles off the coast of Palm Beach when it came upon the struggling boat, whose passengers were of various nationalities, cruise line officials said. Carnival cruise ships aren't yet in service and had no guests on board when it came to the smaller boat's aid.
Carnival Cruise Line cancels November cruises based out of Port Canaveral, Miami
If you had a Carnival Cruise booked for November and were anxiously waiting to get away, you’ll have to wait even longer. Carnival Cruise Line announced Monday that it is canceling its remaining cruises for November 2020 which were scheduled out of Port Canaveral and Port Miami. Earlier this month, the cruise line canceled its cruises for the rest of the year except for the ones out of those two ports, but they have now been canceled for November. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has its no-sail order in place through Oct. 31. Guests choosing to cancel their December cruises will “receive the same offer impacted guests are receiving, which includes a combination of future cruise credit and onboard credit, or a full refund.”
Carnival cancels most 2020 US cruises as CDC extends ban
Carnival Cruise Line is canceling most U.S. sailings through the end of this year, the latest sign that the cruise industry’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic could still be many months away. The company said Thursday it is canceling sailings from all ports except its home ports of Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida. Carnival’s announcement came a day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a ban on large cruises in U.S. waters through Oct. 31. The CDC said it knows of 3,689 reported coronavirus cases and 41 deaths linked to cruises in U.S. waters between March and September. Carnival rival Norwegian Cruise Line said Thursday that it hasn’t canceled any scheduled cruises and remains optimistic it can resume U.S. operations soon.
Debut delayed for Mardi Gras cruise ship featuring roller coaster
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – If you were hoping to take to the waves on one brand new cruise ship come fall, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer. Carnival Cruises is pushing back the debut of its Mardis Gras ship to Feb. 6, 2021. [RELATED: Carnival names new mega ship | Everything you need to know about Mardi Gras cruise ship]Once the 180,000-ton Mardis Gras is sea-ready, the ship, featuring the first roller coaster at sea, will have a maximum capacity of 6,500 passengers and about 2,000 crew members. Last year, Florida Today reported that Port Canaveral was building a two-story, 188,000-square-foot cruise terminal and 1,000-space parking garage that will be used by the Mardi Gras. It is part of the port’s largest single construction project in its 65-year history — the $163 million Cruise Terminal 3 complex.
Carnival announces plan to resume cruises amid coronavirus pandemic
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Carnival Cruise Line officials have announced plans to resume travel amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The cruise line plans to have eight cruises resume service in North America starting Aug. 1, according to a news release. Beginning Aug. 1, Carnival plans to resume cruises on the following ships: Galveston: Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista Miami: Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation Port Canaveral: Carnival Breeze and Carnival ElationOther than the ships referenced above from Galveston, Miami, and Port Canaveral, all other North American and Australian homeport cruises will be canceled through Aug. 31, cruise line officials said. All Carnival Splendor cruises in Australia from June 19 to Aug. 31 will also be canceled. Travelers whose plans are impacted by the cruise line’s announcement will be notified via email about refunds or credit for future Carnival cruises.
6 new cruise ships will begin sailing from Florida in 2020
ORLANDO, Fla. – Six new cruise ships will be calling Florida home in 2020. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the largest ship ever built for Carnival Cruise Line will have its debut at Port Canaveral. The Mardi Gras will have the first ever roller coaster at sea, and it will be the first cruise ship in North America to run on liquefied natural gas, a cleaner-burning fuel. Richard Branson's Virgin Voyages line will begin sailing ships from Miami in March with the debut of the adults-only Scarlet Lady. Florida also will see the debut of the new Regent Seven Seas Splendor, Celebrity Apex and Enchanted Princess ships.
Carnival cruise ships collide in Cozumel
COZUMEL – A Carnival Cruise Line ship named Carnival Glory collided with the Carnival Legend Friday, then narrowly missed a Royal Caribbean ship. Passengers aboard a nearby Royal Caribbean ship watched in shock as the stern of the Carnival Glory drifted into the pointed bow of the Carnival Legend. “Carnival Glory just crashed into Carnival Legend and almost crashed into Oasis of the Seas at the Cozumel cruise port,” Bruin said on the video. Carnival Glory just crashed into Carnival Legend and almost crashed into Oasis of the Seas at the Cozumel cruise port. Carnival Cruise Line said both ships should be able to continue sailing.
This is what the first roller coaster at sea will look like
ORLANDO, Fla. – The first ever roller coaster at sea will feature motorcycle-inspired vehicles and the option for riders to choose their own speed. Carnival Cruise Line officials on Tuesday unveiled new details about the Bolt coaster, which will debut on board the Mardi Gras ship in August 2020. The first ever roller coaster at sea will have an 800-foot-long track. (Carnival Cruise Line)Each ride vehicle will include two seats and have a yellow lightning bolt that runs across. (Carnival Cruise Line)Bolt will be the centerpiece at the ship’s Ultimate Playground, which is one of six themed zones being built aboard Mardi Gras.
Passenger dies on Carnival’s Horizon ship during cruise
An investigation is underway after a passenger died while the Carnival Horizon was returning to port in Miami, officials said. Carnival Cruise Line confirmed via email Monday that the passenger died Friday. The cruise line said it is cooperating with the standard law enforcement investigation. The name of the passenger and other details about the death haven’t been released. The cruise line said it is continuing to provide support to the passenger’s family.
Pepsi in, Coke out on Carnival Cruises starting in 2020
New beverage options will be available if you’re taking a Carnival Cruise in 2020. The popular cruise line announced Wednesday it is replacing Coca-Cola products with Pepsi’s line of beverages on its North American fleet starting in Jan. 2020, according to a press release. “At Carnival Cruise Line, we invite our guests to Choose Fun, and now with PepsiCo’s extensive portfolio of brands, we’re able to give them more ways to choose a beverage that suits their taste, mood and preference,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. This switch means passengers will have access to PepsiCo’s line of soft drinks as well as bubly, Pure Leaf, Naked Juice, Gatorade, MTN Dew, Starbucks, Pepsi, Pepsi Zero Sugar, Sierra Mist and Sierra Mist Zero Sugar among others. “We’re also excited to work with PepsiCo on our shared commitment to sustainability, including a reduced reliance on plastics, and alternative ways to deliver and serve water and other beverages.”