Published on : Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed a new series of delays only days after pushing back a proposed restart date back until the end of April. In addition to the blanket suspension, Carnival has confirmed Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise and Carnival Valor will now not return from dry dock until November this year.
As a result, summer trips from Norfolk on Carnival Magic, from Tampa on Carnival Paradise and from New Orleans on Carnival Valor have all been cancelled. Carnival Miracle’s planned seasonal service from San Diego has been suspended until further notice. Sailings out of San Diego on the ship that were available for sale through early 2023 have been cancelled, with the exception of seven voyages to Hawaii, which will move to Long Beach.
Carnival Radiance’s dry dock and transformation has been moved to September, with a planned arrival to Long Beach in November. With Carnival Miracle’s reposition to Long Beach, the ship will assume the three- and four-day itineraries for Carnival Radiance from May to November this year as well as the seven Hawaii Carnival Journeys referenced above.
In addition, Carnival Miracle will launch a new program of four- and five-day cruises to Mexico during the winter season, beginning November and continuing through April 2023. Carnival is also advising guests and travel agents of these changes. West Coast guests are being accommodated in a transfer to Carnival Miracle (from Carnival Radiance), or the retention of their Hawaiian itinerary via a Long Beach embarkation instead.
With this change, the cruise line will eventually run a three-ship operation from its port facility at Long Beach- Carnival Panorama sailing seven-day Mexican Riviera itineraries and Carnival Radiance operating three- and four-day itineraries year-round, with Carnival Miracle operating four- and five-day Mexico and 14-day Hawaii itineraries during the winter.
Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement that in light of the present global situation, plans are being adapted as circumstances evolve and alternatives are being able to get confirmed. She mentioned that the cruise line is disappointed that its return to seasonal ports like Norfolk and San Diego has been impacted and appreciate the support of those port partners and communities. She also shared that the support of guests, travel agents, ports and business partners has truly been overwhelming as the company works through the situation.