Three Carnival ships to be refurbished before returning to operations

Carnival Cruise Line has set 2021 dry docks for three ships and defers their return to operations until after work is completed.

Carnival Cruise Line has established dry dock plans for three of its ships, and as part of its gradual, phased-in return to operations in 2021, will defer the deployment of the vessels until after the work is completed.

In a letter to guests and travel agents, Carnival advised that it has cancelled cruises on Carnival Magic (up to and including the embarkation on Sept. 24, 2021), Carnival Paradise (up to and including the embarkation on May 31, 2021) and Carnival Valor (up to and including the embarkation on Sept. 11, 2021).

While Carnival is implementing its plans for the resumption of cruising, it has also cancelled select itineraries for specific operations in 2021. These include the itineraries scheduled to operate from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston through Feb. 28. Previously all embarkations from Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego through the end of February had been cancelled. Embarkations on Carnival Legend out of Tampa are cancelled through March 26.

The cruise line is also moving the inaugural sailing of Mardi Gras to April 24, 2021. Mardi Gras will operate from Port Canaveral, and remains the most anticipated new ship to operate from North America in 2021.  It will be the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered ship in the Americas, and feature BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea.  Carnival will take delivery of the ship from the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland later this month and eventually sail to the U.S. and meet the requirements of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

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