Carnival Cruise Line canceled more of its 2021 voyages and announced the sale of two older ships as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect cruise travel around the world.
The company sold the Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination, both launched in the mid-1990s, as it moves to remove “less efficient ships from its fleet.” The cruise line had previously sold two other ships, the Carnival Fantasy and the Carnival Inspiration, in July.
In a written statement by Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line president, “While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodation for our guests.” Carnival said it will continue to operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships when voyages resume: the Ecstasy, Sensation, Elation and Paradise. Each of those ships features new dining and entertainment options as well as additional balcony staterooms.
Carnival also announced further cancellations for four of its ships as they undergo dry dock enhancements. Carnival Magic voyages from Miami will be canceled until Mar. 13, 2021; Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa will be canceled until March 19, 2021; Carnival Valor voyages from New Orleans, including the transatlantic cruise and return from Barcelona, will be canceled until Apr. 29, 2021; and Carnival Spirit voyages from Brisbane will be canceled through May 16, 2021.
Duffy said the extended pause in cruise operations has impacted shipyard availability and forced the cruise line to reschedule required dry docks.
“As we continue to work through issues related to our eventual return to operations, we are committed to providing our guests and travel agent partners with certainty where we can, although we regret disappointing our guests,” Duffy said. “We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them back on board soon.”
Carnival Cruise Line announced Wednesday that it was canceling all cruises for one of two ships that operate from New Orleans until early 2021. The company said the Carnival Valor, which typically operates four or five-day cruises year-round to Cozumel and Progresso, will undergo dry dock maintenance as part of Carnival’s ship enhancement program. All Carnival Valor itineraries from New Orleans will be canceled through April 29, 2021.
The cancellation also includes a transatlantic cruise from New Orleans scheduled for Jan. 25, 2021, and the return from Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2021.
Last month, Carnival and other cruise line companies agreed to voluntarily extend its suspension of sailings in the U.S. until “at least” Oct. 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
A spokesperson for the company told the Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate that sailing on the other New Orleans based ship, the Carnival Glory, are set to resume on Oct. 31.