Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise company operating nine cruise lines and over 80 cruise ships, has announced that five of their cruise lines will push their restart of cruises until 2021.
Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, and Cunard North America will now restart cruises sometime in 2021. All five of the cruise lines have extended their pause in operations through December 31, 2020.
Carnival Corporation canceling December cruises comes after all major cruise lines announced the same decision earlier in the day.
Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, gave the following statement: “Our highest responsibility and top priorities are always compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the people in communities we touch, our crew and shoreside employees.
“We continue to work with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and global government and public health authorities, as well as top medical and science experts around the globe, on a comprehensive plan for the eventual restart of cruising in North America.
“With their collective guidance, we have developed and continue to update our enhanced health and safety protocols that are in the best interest of our guests, crew and overall public health. Whenever we restart our cruise operations in the U.S., we certainly look forward to welcoming our guests on board.”
Each cruise line will communicate with their guests regarding refunds or future cruise credits, whichever they choose to receive.