The cruise line posted the following statement regarding the cancellations:
“Earlier this week, we communicated that we were ready to resume our operation from San Juan on Carnival Fascination, with our first cruise departing this Sunday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has since asked us to support the relief and rebuilding efforts and Carnival Fascination has been chartered to provide housing for relief workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This means the ship’s departures from October 15, 2017 through January 28, 2018 will be cancelled. Carnival Fascination will return to year-round service from San Juan beginning February 18, 2018.
We recognize how important vacations are and we sincerely apologize for the disruption this late change in plans has caused our guests and travel partners. We value your trust in us and hope you understand that this decision was made after careful consideration of the great need to support the recovery efforts in the region.
Guests on cancelled sailings will be notified by Carnival or their travel professional.”
All guests who were booked on one of the canceled cruises will receive a full refund of their cruise fare as well as all pre-purchased shore excursions and beverage packages.
In addition, Carnival is extending a cruise credit towards any future Carnival cruise when rebooked by the middle of November.