Is cruising making a comeback on Aug. 1? Carnival Cruise Line just announced intentions to resume some cruises in North America at the start of August. However, only eight ships will be brought back into rotation during this initial restart phase. Here's a look at the ships that are set to come back:
- Galveston's Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista.
- Miami's Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation.
- Port Canaveral's Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation.
Carnival is clarifying that all other North American and Australian cruises not on the list will remain canceled through Aug. 31. The Carnival Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu sailing that was set to depart on Sept. 25 is also cancelled. Even the highly anticipated Honolulu-Brisbane cruise set to sail on Oct. 6 is now canceled. Lastly, all Carnival Splendor cruises scheduled in Australia from June 19 to Aug. 31 are canceled.
Expect to hear from Carnival if you've booked a cruise that won't be operating this summer. Carnival is sending out emails notifying customers of their options. Guests can select a combination that includes future cruise credit (FCC) and onboard credit (OBC) packages. In addition, Carnival is providing full refunds. Carnival's customer service staff members are currently responding to phone calls and emails from home during the closure of the company's Florida headquarters.
Carnival will continue to work with authorities and government agencies while moving forward with plans to resume some cruises. Whether or not the cruises actually set sail will be determined by the developments that occur between now and Aug. 1. Carnival shared that ports that are easily accessible by car were strategically chosen to avoid the need for guests to use public transportation prior to boarding.