Miami – The Carnival Cruise Line group announced this Friday that it will extend the suspension of cruise trips until April 30 for those leaving the United States and until October 31 for those of Carnival Legend based in Europe.
They also extended the suspension of cruises leaving from Australian ports until May 19 and postponed until May 29 the departure of one of their ships, the Mardi Gras, from Port Canaveral in Florida.
Carnival, based in Miami-Dade County (Florida) and 28 ships in operation before the pandemic, follows in the footsteps of other large companies in the cruise sector, such as Norwegian, which on January 18 also announced a postponement of their departures until April 30.
The resumption of the operations of the cruise companies depends on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has the sector almost completely paralyzed for months and in a difficult economic situation.
Before the postponements until April 30, the date set to end the suspension of navigation in the United States was March 31.
Passengers on canceled Carnival cruises are offered a full refund of payment or a credit for future voyages, says a statement from the group.
“Passengers and travel agents associated with us continue to express their loyalty to Carnival and their desire to return to our ships as soon as possible. We are encouraged by the demand for reservations and the activity that we continue to see, ”said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Duffy said they are looking forward to getting the activity back on the boats but “unfortunately” it is going to take a while longer.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established last October that in order to resume their trips from ports in this country, companies must comply with the requirements of the Conditional Shipping Order.
This order makes it necessary for the companies “to take adequate health and safety measures for the crew, while increasing the capacity of their laboratories to test future passengers.”
The CDC alluded to “evidence” that cruise ship travel “facilitates and amplifies the transmission of Covid-19, even when ships sail with reduced passenger capacity,” and thus the risk of disease transmission. in the communities of the ports where ships dock.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the paralysis of the sector in 2020 meant the loss of 77,000 million dollars in economic activity globally, 518,000 jobs and 23,000 million dollars in wages.