Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a video message to travel agents that the brand has no plans to move its ships from their home ports in the United States.
“I’ve always said that Carnival Cruise Line is America’s cruise line,” he said.
“We sail from 14 US home ports, 50 percent of our itineraries are trips of less than seven days, and a significant number of our guests drive to their Carnival cruise vacation. We also sail more families with children than any other cruise line. And as you know by now, the vaccines are not approved for children under 16. “
Duffy said that as more Americans get vaccinated, his focus is on getting a decision (from the CDC) to allow the resumption of cruises from U.S. ports of origin, in line with other forms of travel. that return during the summer.
He noted that he is optimistic that travel will resume in time for the summer.
“If it’s safe to fly on a plane, stay at a hotel or resort, or visit an amusement park, it should be safe to travel on a boat with the additional health and safety protocols we have in place.”
No June Cruise Decision
“We have not made a decision here at Carnival about our June departures,” Duffy added.
Duffy noted that anyone booked for a trip in June can cancel without penalty, and the final payment deadline for all Carnival Cruise Line trips in June has been postponed to April 30.