Coronavirus says good bye to Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line announced today that it is temporarily halting operations across its fleet of ships based in North America with immediate effect due to COVID-19 coronavirus. It will resume cruise operations on Friday, April 10. For those cruise ships that are currently at sea, they continue their voyages and return to their homeports as scheduled.
The cruise line issued this statement about the announcement:
Throughout this COVID-19 situation that has now turned into a global pandemic, we have implemented higher and higher levels of screening, monitoring and sanitation protocols to protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we serve. While Carnival has not had a diagnosed case linked to our operation we realize this situation is bigger than the cruise industry and we will continue to do our part to support public officials to manage and contain this unprecedented public health challenge.
We are contacting booked guests directly regarding their cruise and their options.
Our guests have been tremendously patient and understanding as we have reacted to a rapidly changing situation and a desire to be responsive to authorities in the U.S. and the destinations we visit. We are very sorry that this decision will disrupt the vacation plans for our guests and look forward to resuming operations and providing our guests safe, fun and memorable vacations. And it goes without saying, we can only do that with the support of our outstanding onboard team members who have been nothing short of amazing during this prolonged period of challenge.
Earlier today, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, announced that CLIA ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from and to U.S. ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19 coronavirus.