Carnival cancels more 2020 cruises amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 95% of the cruise industry, introduced mandatory requirements to be able to set sail again. USA TODAY
Carnival Cruise Line is canceling most U.S. sailings through the end of this year, the latest sign that the cruise industry’s recovery from the statement. Carnival is still evaluating options for its December cruises from these ports.
The company said earlier this month it was canceling sailings from all ports except Miami and Port Canaveral. Carnival said it would focus its initial return to operations on those two ports, but it stressed at the time that sailing plans from those ports in November and December could change.
“As we have said throughout this pause, our return to operations will be gradual and phased in,” Carnival President Christine Duffy said in a statement at the time.
Carnival’s early-October announcement came a day after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended a ban on large cruises in U.S. waters through Oct. 31. The no-sail order, initially issued in March, had been set to expire on Sept. 30.
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“Recent passenger voyages in foreign countries continue to have outbreaks, despite cruise ship operators having extensive health and safety protocols,” the CDC said. It noted cruise ships force people to share spaces that are more crowded than typical urban settings.
The CDC said it knows of 3,689 reported coronavirus cases and 41 deaths linked to cruises in U.S. waters between March and September. The agency said that is likely an undercount.
Even before the CDC announced its decision, the cruise industry had voluntarily suspended U.S. sailings through Oct. 31. The industry recently announced new safety plans, including COVID testing for all passengers and crew before boarding.
Carnival rival Norwegian Cruise Line said earlier this month that it hasn’t canceled any scheduled cruises and remains optimistic it can resume U.S. operations soon. Norwegian is listing November cruises from Florida to the Bahamas and New York to Bermuda on its website.
The cruise industry will implement these COVID-19 precautions: Testing, masks, ventilation, more