CCL-Carnival Cruise Line had previously announced it would extend its pause in operations through March 31, 2021, because of the ongoing pandemic.
Today, the cruise company said it was extending the pause in ex-USA departures through/including April 30. Carnival Australia ships restart cruises on May 27 (Splendor/from Sydney NSW) and June 27 (Spirit/from Brisbane QLD). CCL's Alaskan cruises (Carnival Freedom from Seattle) restart on May 4.
CCL also canceled the European season planned for Carnival Legend (May 17 through October 31/Mediterranean from Barcelona) and moved the inaugural cruise date for Mardi Gras (leaving roundtrip from Port Canaveral Florida) from April 24 to May 29.
All affected bookings receive a full cash refund or 125% in FCC-future cruise credit.
Christine Duffy, CCL's President said:
“Our guests and travel agent partners continue to express their loyalty to Carnival and their desire to get back on our ships as soon as they can, and we are heartened by the booking demand and activity we continue to see.
We are certainly committed to welcoming them back as quickly as possible, but unfortunately we have determined it’s going to take a while longer, and the situation in Europe will also impact Mardi Gras’ departure to the U.S., and Carnival Legend’s itineraries in Europe.”