The carnival is canceling the crossings and threatens to take away ships from US ports
Carnival Cruise Line threatened Tuesday to remove its ships from US waters after all cruises departing from US ports through June 30 were canceled.
“While we did not plan to move Carnival Cruise Line ships outside of our US home ports, we may have no choice but to do so to resume operations that have been on ‘hiatus’ for over a year”, says Christine Duffy. President of Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement from spokesman Vance Gulliksen.
Carnival has 14 home ports along the east and west coasts and the Gulf of Mexico in the United States, Gulliksen said.
“We continue to seek to work with the administration and the CDC to find a workable solution that will best serve the public health interest,” Duffy said in the press release, adding that Carnival is asking that the “cruise industry.” “Travel Industry Sectors” and US Society as a Whole “are assimilated to others.
The threat follows the new guidance released on Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, describing the second phase of their conditional sailing ordinance that the cruise industry urged the agency to lift the week before.
While there was new information on the benchmarks that cruise lines must meet before returning paying passengers, there has been no word on when to resume cruising in US waters.
One year without a cruise: No ‘crystal ball’ to say when sailing might restart amid COVID-19
The cruise industry has been closed in US waters since March last year, while other sectors have been allowed to continue operating or reopen with changes related to health and safety, including airlines and theme parks.
But more than a year later there is no “crystal ball” that can tell when sailing might start again, saidKelly Craighead, President and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association, the industry’s leading trading group.
“I couldn’t begin to speculate as to why the cruise industry is doing the way other industries don’t,” Craighead told USA TODAY in February.
Other cruise companies have already taken steps to relocate their ships to other parts of the world and resume operations.
On Tuesday, Norwegian Cruise Line announced that official recommissioning would begin in Europe and the Caribbean in July. And last month, Royal Caribbean International announced crossings in Israel, Bermuda and the Bahamas, and its sibling line Celebrity Cruises added itineraries for St. Maarten – all with specific vaccine requirements.
Carnival will notify guests whose cruises have been canceled and provide options for future cruise credit with additional onboard credit or a full refund.
Plan B: Norwegian Cruise Line will resume sailing in Europe and the Caribbean in late summer