Carnival to restart some USA cruises on August 1

Marco Green
May 5, 2020

Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista will sail out of Galveston; Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation from Miami; and Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral. Each sailing represents more than $4 million in economic impact to the city.

There have been almost 100 canceled vessel calls so far this season, which was set to start the first week of April.

Carnival had canceled most of their cruises due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC has lengthened its "no-sail ban" last month for cruises sailing from and docking at USA ports saying it should stay in place for at least "100 days".

"When it is safe to start up, we are confident this will be an important part of the economic recovery of our region", Jones Stebbins said.

Five other cruise lines sail out of Seattle.

Carnival's shutdown extends beyond its Alaska routes.

Eight Carnival cruise ships will resume sailings on August 1, 2020, with three cruise ships out pf Galveston, three cruise ships out of Miami, and two cruise ships out of Port Canaveral. Unless modified, it will stay in effect until either Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar declares COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency or July 24.

The company said it's taking a "measured approach" to resume sailing by starting with ports where most passengers arrive by vehicle rather than by air.

"Cruise ships often involve the movement of a number of people in closed and semi-closed settings", the CDC's order said.

"In connection with this plan, our pause in operations will be extended in all other North American and Australian markets until August 31". "In our continued support of public health efforts, any return to service will also include whatever enhanced operational protocols and social gathering guidelines that are in place at the time of the resumption of cruise operations". The company said that eight ships will depart from Texas and Florida.

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