MIAMI — Good news for those who have booked Carnival Cruise trips later in the year.
The company announced today that voyages will resume on August 1.
Carnival Cruise Line officials said that all North American cruises until July 31 remain canceled, but on August 1 specific ships will once again set sail.
“Don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” Hortensia Encarnacion said this morning on the V.I. Free Press‘ Facebook platform.
Nyrone Hodge agreed.
“You’ve got to be kidding,” Hodge wrote.
The ships that will embark on a cruise on or after August 1 include:
- Carnival Dream
- Carnival Freedom
- Carnival Vista
- Carnival Horizon
- Carnival Magic
- Carnival Sensation
- Carnival Breeze
- Carnival Elation
Other ships in the fleet with homeports in North America and Australia will have their trips canceled through at least August 31, with the Carnival Spirit Alaskan cruise from Seattle canceled, as well as the Spirit’s Vancouver to Honolulu cruise slated to start on September 25 and the Honolulu to Brisbane trip for October 6.
Guests whose trips are impacted by the coronavirus shutdown will be notified by email from the Carnival Cruise Line.
Trips will resume on eight ships leaving from Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, and Galveston, Texas, according to REUTERS.
All other cruises in North America and Australia will remain suspended through at least August 31st, Carnival said.
Customers who had booked cruises that are impacted by cancellation will receive an email with instructions for how to claim a refund or other “cancellation offers.”
Carnival typically offers the option of full refunds or future cruise credit for canceled trips.
On April 1, Carnival said it has raised $6.25 billion by issuing new debt and equity on Wednesday, borrowing at a high cost to weather the economic storm of the coronavirus pandemic.
Carnival Corporation is the world’s largest cruise operator.