With the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, many are wondering when cruise lines will be returning to a normal schedule. While many of us are asking these questions and making their best-educated guesses, there is already some information that Carnival Cruiseline shared.
What Do We Know For Sure: Canceled Cruises
Carnival Cruise Line has already announced that the following sailings are canceled:
- All San Francisco sailings through 2020
- All Carnival Sunrise sailings through and including October 19, 2020
- All Carnival Legend sailings through and including October 30, 2020
- All Carnival Radiance sailings through and including November 1, 2020
- All Carnival Spirit Alaska, Hawaii, & Trans-Pacific sailings through and including October 6, 2020
- Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Elation, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic, Carnival Sensation, & Carnival Vista sailings through and including July 31, 2020
- All Other Ships sailings through and including August 31, 2020
Based on these dates, cruising will resume at different times in different sailings, with only some ships coming back initially.
If you already have one of those cruises planned (I do!!), you should cancel or rebook your cruise as soon as possible. And Carnival is offering 2 options for guests whose cruise has been canceled:
What We Still Don’t Know
I have seen many people who are still planning to cruise in July and August because their cruise hasn’t been canceled yet. And I won’t be surprised if some cruise fans will come back pretty quickly once the pandemic ends. However, we still don’t know when will the cruises reopen. When the day comes, they may stay closed all the way through 2020. These dates are just placeholders: cruise executives admit they don’t really know when cruising will be able to resume.
A worst-case scenario that many people have mentioned is that they may not be opening until late this year or even early 2021. This prediction assumes the coronavirus outbreak will continue to grow in the coming months and, as a result, health authorities conclude it’s too early to allow cruising to resume. I think (again, my non-educated guess) that some smaller cruises will start implementing health-protecting measures and having minimal sailings by the end of the summer. But, there is still a lot that we don’t know. I will be updating this post as soon as I find out more information.
What It May Depend On
The resuming of the cruises heavily depends on the reopening of the ports, the resuming of flights to the departure ports (how would you get to your cruise), and the severity of the coronavirus in the coming months. It will also depend on how likely are people to attend social gatherings and the recommendations of health authorities like CDC.
Things are changing fast, and it’s hard to know what is still coming in the next few months. If you’re scheduled for a cruise in the near future or thinking about booking one, you should be prepared for more cancellations to come – cruise ship operations may be suspended for longer than cruise lines are predicting, at least in some regions. And when the cruises do reopen, I wonder what kind of experience it would be.
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