Carnival Cruise Line Cancels More Sailings for Two Ships

More suspensions will follow, as two Carnival cruise ships will be suspended again in June on one ship and in September on the other.

Carnival Cruise Line extends suspension

The Carnival Cruise Line has expanded its suspension to only two ships based outside of Australia. While this will not affect operations outside the United States, it will have a huge impact on the industry going forward.

Cruises on the Carnival Splendor will therefore be cancelled until June 28, 2021. Cruises were previously suspended until May 19, 2021, reports Cruise Hive here. Cruises on the Carnival Spirit will now be canceled until September 12, 2021, while they were previously suspended until June 12, 2021.

Carnival Splendor Cruise Ship Image credit: E.J.Johnson Photography /

Making it up to guests

Carnival Cruise Line has already indicated that customers affected by further cancellations should receive an email about their options very soon. It will just take more time before they can safely sail again.

The cruise line is working with the competent authorities and the International Cruise Line Association (CLIA) to introduce new measures to ensure the safety of customers and crew. This is according to a statement from the cruise line:

“Carnival will resume cruises in due course with enhanced health measures developed in cooperation with government agencies, public health experts, local ports of call and Cruise Lines International (CLIA).”

“We thank you for your patience, support and understanding. We look forward to welcoming our guests back on board in due course.”

Customers can choose to receive a 100% credit for a future cruise, as well as an on-board credit based on the duration of the flight booked. Customers can also request a full refund and all of this can be done online.

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What happens to cruises to Australia?

The cruise industry in Australia has almost the same proportions as in other countries. It’s all about striving for a safe return and meeting legal requirements, which of course is never easy.

Carnival Cruise Line Funnel

It is surprising that Carnival has suspended the cruises, as there has been some hope recently that cruises can resume. Commerce, Tourism and Investment Minister Dan Tehan said in the 9Now Today broadcast that “the cruise industry has done a lot of work to ensure that cruises are now safe from COVID. It is a welcome sign, and yes, we are seeing an improvement in the cruise industry.”

We will have to wait and see, as the government has already made it clear that the situation remains very fluid and that it will adapt to the pandemic. It remains to be seen what impact this will have on cruises and in any case it will take some time.

Cruise ships with a capacity of more than 100 passengers are now banned from Australian waters until March 17, 2021. This is still more positive than in the United States, where large cruise ships, including Carnival Cruise Line, have suspended operations until May 2021. In Canada, cruise ships are banned for an entire year, and in the United Kingdom there is no specific date for return at all.

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Carnival Spirit in Port

Frequently asked questions

Has Carnival canceled any more cruises?

While Carnival Cruise Line continues to work on plans to resume cruises in 2021, additional flights have been canceled for the first part of 2021: all departures from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston through February 28.

Has Carnival canceled all cruises for 2020?

The cruise line is also delaying the first sailing of its Mardi Gras ship until April 24, 2021, according to a press release. The news comes less than a month after Carnival announced it would cancel sailings through January 31, 2021.

What happens if Carnival cancels my cruise?

Passengers on canceled trips can choose between a full refund or a credit toward a future cruise worth 125% of the price paid for the canceled trip. The credit can be applied to any trip through March 31, 2022, if booked before December 31, 2021.

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