Carnival Cruise Line has given a date for when they hope to resume business as their ships remain in dock due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The company announced starting August 1st they hope to restart some of their itineraries with eight of their cruise liners berthed at Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Galveston, Texas – the Dream, Freedom, Horizon, Vista, Magic, Sensation, Breeze and Elation.
Carnival said other North American cruises, together with their Australia itineraries will hopefully resume on August 31.
“We are taking a measured approach, focusing our return to service on a select number of homeports where we have more significant operations that are easily accessible by car for the majority of our guests,” the company said in a press release.
Carnival announced the cancellation of all North American cruises through July 31, together with all Spirit Alaskan cruises from Seattle, the Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu cruise set to sail September 25, and the Honolulu-Brisbane transpacific cruise set to sail October 6.
However, Carnival were quick to point out on social media their current plan is, naturally, contingent on a number of factors, tweeting, “Any resumption of cruise operations, whenever that may be, is fully dependent on our continued efforts in cooperation with federal, state, local and international government officials.”
“In our continued support of public health efforts, any return to service will also include whatever enhanced protocols and social gathering guidelines that are in place at the resumption of cruise operations,” the company shared on Twitter. “We are committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the COVID-19 situation and will continue to keep our guests, travel agent partners and other stakeholders informed.”