Carnival Cruise Line has revealed plans to have its entire fleet in operation by May 2022, less than 10 months after first resuming operations.
The line’s 2022 fleet deployment includes Carnival Elation moving from Port Canaveral to Jacksonville, where it will sail from 23 April to 13 October.
Elsewhere, from 21 April, Carnival Freedom will move from Miami to Port Canaveral to pick up the itineraries formerly assigned to Carnival Elation.
Carnival Spirit will take over several sailings due to be operated by Freedom, including the 17 April Carnival Journeys cruise from Miami through the Panama Canal to Seattle.
Once in Seattle, Carnival Spirit will operate cruises to Alaska from May to September, while Carnival Splendor will reposition to Seattle and operate Alaska sailings.
Upon completion of the summer season in Alaska, Carnival Splendor will return to Australia with a new cruise to Sydney, Australia.
Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through this process. We are excited to have every Carnival Cruise Line ship in the fleet sailing again by May and to be back in all 10 of our year-round US homeports.
“We are also continuing to make plans for a return to guest operations in Australia upon completion of our Alaska season.”
Carnival is notifying booked guests and travel agents regarding the changes, which will result in the transfer of reservations to the new ship assignments.
Guests impacted by these changes will not have access to their booking for up to two weeks as Carnival completes the process to move their bookings and provide equivalent accommodation.
New Carnival ship joining the fleet
Earlier in February, Carnival’s latest new ship, Carnival Celebration, was floated out at the Meyer Turku shipyard.
The second of three Excel-class ships in the Carnival fleet is scheduled to operate a transatlantic voyage from Southampton to its PortMiami homeport in November 2022.
The ship will use a liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology platform to help reduce emissions.