Carnival Cruise Line has announced that three more of its ships will resume service in September, with an additional four scheduled to reenter service in October.
By October, 15 ships, representing about half of the line’s fleet, will have resumed service.
Carnival Glory will resume service from New Orleans, Carnival Pride from Baltimore on Sept. 12 and Carnival Dream from Galveston on Sept. 19.
Carnival Conquest resumes service from Miami on Oct. 8, Carnival Freedom from Miami on Oct. 9, Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral on Oct. 11 and Carnival Sensation from Mobile, Ala., on Oct. 21.
Carnival will continue to operate its ships as vaccinated cruises through at least October.
“We are very excited about our restart and greatly appreciate the support of our guests, travel agents and port and destination partners,” said Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy.
“By the end of July, we will have five ships in our restart plan, including the introduction of service on Mardi Gras, and we are seeing a great combination of strong demand and strong guest satisfaction scores tied to the positive guest experience on board.” Mardi Gras is set to debut on July 31.
Unvaccinated passengers will be subject to COVID-19 testing pre-cruise and pre-embarkation on cruises of more than four days. They will also be charged a fee of $150 per person to cover the costs of testing and screenings.
Carnival is also limiting its supervised youth programs to vaccinated children 12 years and older, at least through October.
“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,” Duffy said.
“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.”
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