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CDC makes “No-Sail Order” extension official; Carnival cancels cruises

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  •   10-01-2020  10:46 am
  •   Pax Global Media
CDC makes “No-Sail Order” extension official; Carnival cancels cruises
Pax Global Media

Following the U.S. Centres for Disease Control’s (CDC) decision to extend its no-sail order for cruise operations, Carnival Cruise Line is notifying guests and travel agents that it has cancelled cruises from all U.S. homeports except Miami and Port Canaveral for November and December 2020. 

The CDC has officially extended its No-Sail Order to Oct. 31st, confirming what media reports speculated on Wednesday (Sept. 30). 

The order, which prevents "cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction" from sailing, has been in effect since March. 

Carnival evaluates its options

While operations from Miami and Port Canaveral in November and December are still not certain, Carnival is focusing its initial return to service from those two homeports, whenever that might occur, the company said in a release. 

Carnival continues to work on protocols and procedures that would allow for the resumption of cruise operations, with a gradual, phased-in approach, designating Miami and Port Canaveral as the first two homeports for embarkations.  

Cruises currently scheduled for November and December from those two homeports will remain in place for the time being while Carnival evaluates options.  

However, the cruise line is providing guests booked on cruises in November and December out of Miami and Port Canaveral the ability to voluntarily cancel their reservation and receive the same offer that all other impacted guests are receiving, which includes a combination future cruise credit and onboard credit, or a full refund.

“As we have said throughout this pause, our return to operations will be gradual and phased in.  And while we are not making any presumptions, once cruising is allowed, we will center our initial start-up from the homeports of Miami and Port Canaveral,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in a release. “The health and safety of our guests, crew and communities we serve remain the cornerstone of our plans and decisions.  The patience and support of our guests and travel agent partners have been a huge motivation to our team as we have worked through this unprecedented situation and we are dedicated to getting back to operations when the time is right.”


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