Carnival bringing more ships back into operation
Carnival said has confirmed it was bringing more ships back into operation for cruises in September and October from US ports but also cancelled other departures.
The company, which has been hit hard by travel restrictions during the Covid pandemic, said three more ships will resume guest operations in September, with another four in October, bringing the total number of vessels sailing to 15.
Carnival said it had extended its suspension of cruises from Baltimore until September 5, September 11 from Galveston, October 4 from Miami and October 16 from Mobile.
It also cancelled services from Charleston, Jacksonville and Port Canaveral until October 31. In addition, a three-day cruise from Long Beach on September 24 is being cancelled.
All ships will run as vaccinated cruises through at least October, Carnival said.
Unvaccinated guests, including children under 12, would be allowed to travel on board, subject to pre-cruise and pre-embarkation testing and testing again prior to debarkation (on cruises longer than four days) along with a $150 per person charge to cover test costs.
"Our plan envisions successfully bringing back our entire fleet by the end of the year, returning to full service – most especially for the millions of families who sail with us – and building back our business for the benefit of our guests, employees and the tens of thousands of jobs and local businesses that depend on our company, said Carnival president Christine Duffy.
"We will continue to offer exemptions to our unvaccinated guests on a limited, capacity-managed basis within 14 days of sailing as we finalize the vaccinated guest count. The more bookings we initially secure for our cruises with fully vaccinated guests, the more exemptions we can ultimately offer for those unvaccinated guests already booked and those wishing to sail."
In a separate statement, Carnival said it had received 85.2% take-up for its tender offer for $2.4bn of 11.5% senior debt.