Carnival and Disney Cruise Line Cancel Sailings Until June
Carnival Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line both announced Wednesday that they have canceled all sailings through May. Disney has also canceled some cruises scheduled for August and potentially some even later on in the year.
Disney Cruise Line is cancelling all sailings departing through May 2021. Given the likelihood of international borders remaining closed for an extended period of time, they also made the decision to cancel Disney Magic sailings through August 10, 2021. Disney Wonder’s scheduled season in Alaska is also in jeopardy, in light of the Canadian government’s announcement that they will not allow ships with more than 100 passengers to dock in any Canadian port until February 28, 2022.
“Our team at Disney Cruise Line remains focused on the health and well-being of our Guests and team members. We are carefully preparing for a return to service following the guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” Disney Cruise Line said in its press release.
Carnival Cruise Line on Wednesday announced it was extending the suspension of sailings from U.S. Ports through May 31. The company said the decision was made based on safety concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A date for the return of guest cruising operations from U.S. ports has not yet been determined.
Earlier in February, Carnival began providing more flexible options for guests booked into early summer so that they could cancel their reservation without penalty if they needed or wanted to make other plans. As it has done throughout the pause, Carnival is providing guests on cruises cancelled today the choice of a future cruise credit plus onboard credit package, or a full refund.
“We continue to work on plans to resume operations and are encouraged by the focus to expedite vaccine production and distribution which are having a demonstrated impact on improving public health,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in the press release. “We appreciate the support of all of our guests, employees and trade partners who we know are looking forward to our return.”