Carnival Cruise Line has received approval from authorities to restart operations from three US ports.
The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) accepted agreements for PortMiami, Port of Galveston and Port Canaveral – the first three homeports that Carnival is focusing on for its return to guest operations this summer.
Carnival Horizon (sailing from Miami) and Carnival Vista and Breeze (sailing from Galveston) will be the first ships to carry guests as the line plans its July return to service.
Port Canaveral has also been identified as a restart priority, the line said, adding that it expects to announce plans for operations from there soon.
Under the CDC guidelines, a cruise line must have agreements with its homeports that they are prepared to support the cruise operator with additional public health and operational resources prior to the implementation of simulated cruise and/or full guest operations, a statement said.
Carnival Cruise Line executive vice-president and chief maritime officer Lars Ljoen said: “These agreements move us one step closer to sailing with our loyal guests.
“We appreciate the support from not just these three homeport partners, but all of our homeports, that are eager to have us back as soon as possible.”