Carnival Corporation (the world's largest cruise shipowner) announced on Monday, November 2, that its North American cruise line brands are due to extend their pause in operations, suspending sailings between December 1 and December 31.
In a news release Carnival Corporation's CEO Arnold Donald said:
"Our highest responsibility and top priorities are always compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the people in communities we touch, our crew and shoreside employees.
"We continue to work with the CDC, and global government and public health authorities, as well as top medical and science experts around the globe, on a comprehensive plan for the eventual restart of cruising in North America. With their collective guidance, we have developed and continue to update our enhanced health and safety protocols that are in the best interest of our guests, crew and overall public health. Whenever we restart our cruise operations in the U.S., we certainly look forward to welcoming our guests on board."
Each of the brands has been communicating with guests in order to provide updates and directions for affected cruises.
The date for restarting operations will be communicated by each brand and will be announced on their websites.
Carnival Corp. and its brands are currently notifying travel professionals, stakeholders, and crew members.