Carnival cruise line cancels more trips, sells 2 ships

Carnival Cruise Line canceled its 2021 voyages on Wednesday and announced the sale of two older ships as the coronovirus epidemic continues its quiet voyage around the world.

The company said it sold Carnival Fiction and Carnival Imagination, both launched in the mid-1990s, as it moves to remove “less efficient ships from the fleet”. Cruise Line sold two other ships, Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration, in July.

Carnival Imagination is one of two ships Carnival Cruise Line said it takes to remove older ships sold. (Reuters)

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“While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is an essential step because it allows us to focus on the ships that are of the greatest variety to our guests Facilities and staterooms provide accommodation, ”Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line president, said in a written statement.

Carnival said it would continue operating four advanced fantasy-class ships when the voyages resumed: ecstasy, sensation, elation and paradise. Each of those ships has new dining and entertainment options as well as additional balcony staterooms.

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Coronavirus security precautions have forced cruise lines other than Carnival to cancel their trips. And Disney Cruise Line said this week that the start of its new ship would be delayed by a shipyard issue.

Carnival announced further cancellations for its four ships as they undergo a dry dock raise. The Carnival Magic trip from Miami will be canceled until March 13, 2021; Carnival Paradise trips from Tampa will be canceled until March 19, 2021; Carnival velor trips from New Orleans, including a transatlantic cruise and return from Barcelona, ​​will be canceled until April 29, 2021; And the Carnival Spirit journey from Brisbane will be canceled until 16 May 2021.

Carnival Crucy Line said it is canceling more trips in early 2021. (Carnival / iStock)

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Duffy said the extended halt in cruise operations has affected shipyard availability and forced the cruise line to reschedule the required dry dock.

Duffy said, “As we continue to work on the issues related to our final returns, we are committed to providing certainty to our guests and travel agent partners where we can, however we must disappoint our guests.” It is regretted. ” “We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope that they will welcome them on board soon.”