Tuesday, January 26

Update for January 2021: Carnival Cruise Line Cancellations Into 2021 and 2022

Carnival Cancellation Update January 1, 2021:

Carnival Cruise Line sends three ships into dry dock.  The cruise line doesn’t mention dates for when these ships will actually return to service, only how long they are canceled. 

Ships affected include Carnival Magic with cruises canceled through September 24, 2021, Carnival Paradise through May 31 and Carnival Valor canceled through Sept 11, 2021.

Guests on the Carnival Magic relax in the Magic Atrium. Photo by Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Lines

As you might expect, Carnival is offering those who rebook a 100 percent future cruise credit plus an onboard credit, or a full refund.

Carnival Cruise Line reached out to guests and travel agents with another list of cruise cancellations.  This time it included select itineraries for specific departures that extend further into 2021 and even 2022.

Carnival Cruise Line Cancels Carnival Breeze. No relaxing on the Pool Deck for a while.
No relaxing on the Carnival Breeze Pool Deck for a while.

Carnival cancels more cruises for 2021

Among the canceled cruises are the hoped-for early departures from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston.  Carnival has also changed the inaugural sailing of Mardi Gras.

Carnival Mardi Gras inaugural date changed

With a new inaugural sail date of April 24, 2021, Mardi Gras will still cruise from  Port Canaveral.  The new ship will be the first ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) in North America.  Mardi Gras will also feature BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea. 

Carnival took delivery of the ship from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland in December, 2020.  The new ship is en route to the U.S. 

Carnival has also canceled the remaining Mardi Gras itineraries scheduled to operate from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston through April 27, 2021.

“We apologize to our guests but we must continue to take a thoughtful, deliberate and measured approach as we map out our return to operations in 2021,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “Our commitment to the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit is at the forefront of our decisions and operations.”

Carnival Legend Green Thunder water slide.
Carnival Legend Green Thunder water slide. Too chilly in Alaska, though.

Updated January 2021:  List of canceled Carnival cruises

  • Carnival Splendor sailings through and including April 19, 2021
  • Carnival Breeze from Ft. Lauderdale sailings November 7, 2020 through and including March 7, 2021
  • Carnival Sunrise
    • Ft. Lauderdale, New York and Norfolk sailings through and including October 19, 2020
    • Miami 7 and 8 day sailings from October 9, 2021 through and including April 30, 2022, excluding the March 5, 2022 sailing
    • Miami 5 day sailing January 3, 2022
  • Carnival Radiance
    • Sailings through and including November 1, 2020
    • 9, 12, and 14 day sailings from May 2, 2021 through and including April 29, 2022
    • 5 day sailings December 23, 2021 and December 28, 2021
  • Carnival Legend sailings through and including March 26, 2021
  • Carnival Paradise cruises through and including May 31, 2021
  • Carnival Magic sailings through and including September 24, 2021
  • Carnival Imagination and Carnival Inspiration sailings through and including April 19, 2021
  • Carnival Valor sailings through and including September 11, 2021
  • Carnival Spirit sailings through and including May 16, 2021
  • Carnival Sensation sailings through and including February 28, 2021, and March 3, 2022 and March 7, 2022
  • Mardi Gras sailings through and including April 17, 2021
  • All Other Ships sailings through and including February 28, 2021

If your cruise was canceled, here are your options:

Timeline of Carnival Cruise cancellations

November 3, 2020: Carnival Cruise Lines Further Extends Cancellations into 2021

In addition, departures from the ports of Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego are canceled through Feb. 28.

Cruises on Carnival Legend out of Tampa are canceled through March 26.

Carnival Horizon is due to arrive at PortMiami this week followed by Carnival Breeze

When Carnival begins the phased-in approach to resume cruising as required by the CDC, the first cruises will embark at Port Canaveral and Port Miami followed by Galveston. 

Following CDC protocols, Carnival Horizon is scheduled to arrive in Miami this week.  Carnival Breeze will be the next ship to return to the U.S.  

Carnival Ships scheduled to sail in 2021

In November, Carnival stated that there are 16 ships currently following CDC guidelines for an eventual return to service in the U.S. sometime in 2021.  This includes:

  • Carnival Conquest
  • Carnival Dream
  • Carnival Ecstasy
  • Carnival Elation
  • Carnival Freedom
  • Carnival Glory
  • Carnival Liberty
  • Carnival Miracle
  • Carnival Panorama
  • Carnival Pride
  • Carnival Sensation
  • Carnival Sunrise
  • Carnival Sunshine
  • Carnival Vista

Mardi Gras will enter service in 2021.

“We are committed to meeting the CDC requirements and keeping our guests and business partners informed of our progress,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “The entire Carnival team appreciates the great support of our guests, travel advisors and business partners, and local officials in our homeports and destinations.” 

In addition, Carnival had previously canceled departures on four ships, Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Valor, and Carnival Victory/Radiance.  These ships are scheduled for scheduled dry docks in the first half of 2021.  It’s planned for those ships to return to service once maintenance work and upgrades are completed. 

Also on November 3, 2020, Carnival Cruise Line announced that their planned cruises for December from Port Canaveral and PortMiami are canceled.  Carnival cruise cancellations follow the CDC’s announcement on October 30 of a “Framework for Conditional Sailing.” 

Carnival canceled cruises but not from Port Canaveral.
Carnival Sunshine departs from Port Canaveral as people line Jetty Park to wave goodbye.

Only a few months ago, when the Centers for Disease Control announced its extension of the No Sail Order through October 31, Carnival Cruise Line was hopeful.  The cruise line planned to reopen two Florida ports Port Canaveral and Port Miami, with six ships sailing. 

Carnival Cruise Line canceled remaining cruises for 2020

Carnival’s latest list of cruise cancellations includes departures from all U.S. homeports through December 2020.  In addition to Carnival Cruise Line, the remaining brands in Carnival Corporation are also included in the cruise cancellations. These are Cunard North America, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.

“Our highest responsibility and top priorities are always compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the people in communities we touch, our crew and shoreside employees,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.

carnival mardi gras will cruise from port canaveral
Something to look forward to next year when Carnival Mardi Gras cruises from Port Canaveral.

Carnival will give you the same refund incentive that other guests received on canceled cruises.  You have a choice for a combination of a future cruise credit and onboard credit or request a full refund.   

Read more:  Carnival Panorama adds hands-on cooking classes

Health and safety protocol implementation

Until the cruise lines can comply with the CDC’s “Framework for Conditional Sailing” the resumption of cruises is still in flux.  Carnival (and all other cruise lines) must develop and present their plan that demonstrates how to safely resume cruising.  All the major cruise lines have some sort of official collection of experts or panels.  And they’re all trying to figure out how to get all sorts of health protocols in place.  

From pre-boarding coronavirus testing to mandatory wearing masks indoors, enhanced on board medical facilities and so much more, Carnival has yet to formally announce any definitive plan to return to cruising.  

How to cancel a future Carnival cruise

Anyone booked on a departure into 2021 can cancel their booking any time prior to departure.  At least that is the latest word from Carnival. The form is available on Carnival’s website

When cruising will resume is anyone’s guess.  I’m betting on late spring or early summer.  

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