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Carnival cancels all March 2021 cruises

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Carnival Cruise Line announced it has decided to cancel all of its March 2021 cruises.

In a new update, the cruise line said it would extend their pause in cruising through the end of March 31, 2021.  Carnival had cancelled all of its cruises through the end of February 2021 prior to today's announcement.

Carnival did not announce or mention any of its plans to conduct test sailings as part of today's announcement.

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The cancellations include:

  • All embarkations from U.S. homeports through March 31, 2021
  • Carnival Freedom from Galveston through April 10, 2021 (which includes a repositioning of the ship from Galveston to Seattle and a 17-day Carnival Journeys cruise which is not allowed under the current guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))
  • Carnival Miracle from San Diego and San Francisco through September 16, 2021 (which includes many 10-day and longer itineraries not allowed under the current CDC guidelines)
  • Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral from September 17-October 18, 2021 (to accommodate rescheduled dry dock work)
  • Carnival Sunshine from Charleston from October 11-November 13, 2021 (to accommodate rescheduled dry dock work)
  • Carnival Spirit’s 15-day cruise from Singapore to Brisbane on June 12, 2021 (consistent with the current limitations on international travel in place in Australia).

Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy apologized for the need to cancel more cruises, "We are sorry to disappoint our guests, as we can see from our booking activity that there is clearly a pent-up demand for cruising on Carnival.  We appreciate their patience and support as we continue to work on our plans to resume operations in 2021 with a gradual, phased in approach."

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Guests booked on any of the affected sailings will be notified directly with options for a generous future cruise credit and onboard credit package, or a full refund.

Carnival's announcement matches NCL's cancellation of its March 2021 cruises, leaving just Royal Caribbean with cruises scheduled in March among the "big three" cruise lines.