Carnival Cruise Line has announced the next round of US ship restart plans for November 2021 and beyond, joining the eight vessels already at sea.
The line’s Carnival Valor will follow Carnival Glory in New Orleans with four and five-night sailings starting on 1 November.
Carnival Legend will restart on the 14 November out of Baltimore, replacing Carnival Pride, which restarts guest operations from Baltimore later this month, 12 September, and then will move its homeport to Tampa following a Panama Canal repositioning cruise.
A new maiden voyage has been announced for Carnival Radiance. The ship was scheduled to depart on 5 November, but will now sail on 13 December out of Long Beach due to a revised dry dock transformation plan.
Carnival Pride will cruise from Tampa on 14 November. Meanwhile, the following month, on 13 December, Carnival Conquest will operate from Miami, in a revised restart date.
Carnival Sensation’s proposed cruise in October from Mobile has been moved to January 2022.
As a result, five ships operating out of US homeports will be moved to 2022: Carnival Liberty (Port Canaveral), Carnival Sunshine (Charleston), Carnival Paradise (Tampa), Carnival Ecstasy (Jacksonville) and Carnival Sensation (Mobile).
Carnival Cruise Line noted that for guests booked in November and December that it will continue to meet the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s standard of vaccinated cruises.
Guests will need to present proof of both vaccination and a negative Covid-19 test at check in (with a small number of capacity-restricted exemptions granted for children under 12 and other guests who cannot be vaccinated).
Separate from its US operations, Carnival has cancelled four additional sailings for Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor out of Australia. Cruises on both ships are now suspended up to and including 16 December 2021.
Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “We are very pleased with the progress of our restart which will grow to 15 ships sailing from seven US homeports by mid-November.
“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.
“Our teams, ship and shore, are prepared to continue delivering on our great guest experience and manage all health and safety protocols.”
In July, Carnival Miracle departed Seattle to officially start the line’s summer Alaska season.