Carnival Cruise Line ship Mardi Gras arrived in Port Canaveral on 4 June

Carnival outlines plans for next wave of US cruises and Mardi Gras debut

Carnival Cruise Line has outlined the schedule for the next stage in its US cruise restart.

The line will run August sailings with vaccinated passengers.

New ship Mardi Gras will depart on pre-inaugural sailings from July 31 from Port Canaveral to the eastern and western Caribbean.

Carnival Magic will return from dry dock with a new hull design and homeport from Port Canaveral for four and five-day cruises from 7 August to the Bahamas and Caribbean that were previously scheduled for Carnival Elation.

Carnival Magic will also run three six-day cruises and one new eight-day cruise from Port Canaveral from 11 October.

Carnival Sunrise will enter service from Miami, effective 14 August, sailing four and five-day cruises to the Bahamas and Caribbean, while Carnival Panorama will cruise from Long Beach on 21 August for seven-day Mexican Riviera cruises.

Carnival Vista and Breeze, from Galveston, Carnival Horizon, from Miami, and Carnival Miracle, from Seattle to Alaska, will continue with their cruises through August that are part of the line’s restart plans in July.

The line has, however, has extended its pause for other ships through to 31 August 2021, including Carnival Pride (Baltimore), Carnival Sunshine (Charleston), Carnival Dream (Galveston), Carnival Ecstasy (Jacksonville), Carnival Liberty (Port Canaveral), Carnival Conquest (Miami), Carnival Sensation (Mobile) and Carnival Glory (New Orleans).

Guests and travel agents are being advised of the August schedule plans and Carnival will be providing more details over the coming days.

Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said: “We are very excited to finally welcome guests on Mardi Gras.

“With our desire to preserve summer vacations for our Mardi Gras guests, we are going to find a later date to formally christen her so that we can operate these pre-inaugural sailings just as soon as we can.

“Our focus remains on the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we serve and visit.

“We are taking a deliberate approach so we can execute with excellence and deliver a fun experience to our guests, who have been tremendously patient and supportive throughout this pause.

“We are excited to resume our West Coast operations and intend to sail Carnival Panorama with vaccinated guests starting 21 August. We are working with state and local officials to finalise the necessary plans.”

Carnival stated it will “ramp up more ships and homeports in September and beyond”, bringing hundreds of crew on board each week to be vaccinated, complete CDC-mandated quarantine and then begin work to prepare for guests and the return to guest operations.

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