Carnival Cruise Line on Wednesday announced it would again delay its return to sailing to at least Feb. 1 as the line continues to work towards meeting Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requirements for cruising’s resumption.
Carnival has cancelled all embarkations from U.S. homeports through Jan. 31; all sailings out of Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans, and San Diego through Feb. 28; and all Carnival Legend sailings out of Tampa through March 26.
The line right now is expecting Carnival Horizon to arrive in Miami this week and Carnival Breeze to follow shortly after. It will then get to work altering those ships to meet the CDC requirements. A number of Carnival ships, 16 in total, are already in line with the CDC requirements including Conquest, Dream, Ecstasy, Elation, Freedom, Glory, Liberty, Miracle, Panorama, Pride, Sensation, Sunrise, Sunshine, and Vista.
Carnival Mardi Gras, the line’s newest ship, is also still in line to sail in 2021.
“We are committed to meeting the CDC requirements and keeping our guests and business partners informed of our progress,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement. “The entire Carnival team appreciates the great support of our guests, travel advisors and business partners, and local officials in our homeports and destinations.”