Carnival cruise ships resume summer sailings
With new sailing announcements, messages about canceled cruises, yes or no vaccinations, and new ships planned, it can be difficult to know when and where Carnival Cruise Line’s ships will sail this summer.
Of course, the news was dominated by the arrival of the beautiful Mardi Gras to Port Canaveral after her maiden transatlantic voyage and the subsequent announcement that she would be sailing with guests on July 31 of this year. But that’s not all that’s going on right now.
Below is an overview of where Carnival is now with cruises resuming, cruise ships that will sail in July and August, and what we can expect after the summer months.
Also Read: Which Carnival Cruise Ships Will Be On Hold Until August?
July 2021, the return of the cruise
Although a company will sail in June Already, we can undoubtedly say that the month when we will really see the return of cruising to the United States will be July. Carnival Cruise Line will sail with four ships in July. Count five if you include the Mardi Gras departure on July 31.
It may be surprising to see that the cruise line has chosen to sail with only four ships; however, the ramp-up of ships and the vaccination of crews in particular is expected to take a long time. Christine Duffy has previously said Carnival cruise ships will not sail until all crew members aboard each ship are fully protected.
The ships sailing in July are:
- Itinerary: 7-day stopover in the Western Caribbean at Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Cozumel and Belize
- Home port: Galveston, Texas
- First date available: July 3, 2021
- Itinerary: 6-day Eastern Caribbean stopover at Amber Cove and Half Moon Cay
- Home port: Miami, Florida
- First date available: July 4, 2021
- Itinerary: 7-day stopover in Alaska at Tracy Arm Fjord; Skagway; Juneau; Ketchikan
- Home port: Seattle, Washington
- First date available: July 27, 2021
The carnival breeze
- Itinerary: 4-day stopover in the Western Caribbean in Cozumel
- Home port: Galveston, Texas
- First date available: July 15, 2021
- Itinerary: 7-day Eastern Caribbean stopover in San Juan, Amber Cove and Nassau
- Home port: Port Canaveral, Florida
- First date available: July 31, 2021
The ramp-up continues in August
The summer months are traditionally busy months for cruise passengers. With children vaccinated up to 12 years of age this summer, more and more families will be able to go on cruises.
That’s not to say Carnival is rushing to get the ships ready. For the month of August, the cruise line has only three other ships scheduled for crossings. More details in the vaccine exemptions are also expected in the coming days.
- Carnival magic will depart from Port Canaveral. The newly repainted and dry-docked ship will go on four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from August 7 through October. These are the cruises previously scheduled for Exaltation of Carnival.
- Sunrise Carnival will depart Miami on August 14, on four- and five-day cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
- Panorama of the Carnival will depart Long Beach, Calif. on August 21 for its seven-day cruises to the Mexican Riviera.
By the end of August, Carnival Cruise Line will have eight ships departing from US ports. Something that even a few weeks ago would have seemed like a hard target to hit. Until September and October could see the addition of Pride of Carnival, Glory of Carnival, Carnival splendor, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Exaltation, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Dream, and Carnival Liberty.
By the end of the year, Carnival Cruise Line hopes to re-sail the majority, if not all, of its U.S.-based ships. Whether that happens depends on a variety of factors, but with the positive changes we’ve seen over the past few weeks, it’s certainly not unrealistic.