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Carnival Cruise Line to add two more ships by 2023

Carnival Cruise Line is stealing away ships from its sister cruise lines to expand its fleet by an additional two ships by 2023.

The first to join will be Costa Magica, currently sailing for sister line Costa Cruises. Carnival will refurb, rename, and rebrand that ship, with an eye toward a mid-2022 debut as a Carnival ship.

Carnival announces more cruise ships for vaccinated guests that will restart this summer

Carnival Cruise Line announced more ships that will restart sailings, including its newest cruise ship.

Following up on Carnival's previously announced restart plans from Seattle and Galveston, the cruise line revealed its next phase of restart, including the first cruise for Mardi Gras and the return of additional ships in August.  

Here is a breakdown of which ships will sail and when:

Carnival confirms summer 2021 cruises from Galveston

Summer 2021 cruises from Galveston are a go, says Carnival Cruise Line. The line today confirmed that Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze will set sail from the Texas homeport in July.

Carnival Vista will return to cruise on July 3, offering weeklong Western Caribbean cruises. The ship will call on ports in Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras.

Carnival Breeze sets sail on July 15. Its four- and five-night Western Caribbean cruises will visit ports in Mexico.

CDC approves Carnival to restart cruises from Galveston

The Port of Galveston says Carnival has the green light to start cruises again from Galveston.

Galveston Port Director Rodger Rees shared an update outlining the recent developments between Carnival Cruise Line and the Port of Galveston to get approval by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to restart cruises.

In the update, Mr. Rees said the CDC approved Carnival's restart plans.

Carnival will restart cruises in Alaska in 2021

Count Carnival in for Alaska cruises this year.

Carnival Corporation announced three of its brands will sail to Alaska in 2021: Holland America, Princess Cruises and Carnival Cruise Line.

The sailings will go out of Seattle.

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Carnival hoping for a restart of cruises from the U.S. with three ships in July

While Carnival announced a new round of cruise cancellations, all hope is not lost for summer sailings.

Carnival Cruise Line posted a new update on its restart plans, which involve three ships sailing from the United States in July, while other sailings are cancelled.

Carnival's cruise ships will soon have a red, white, and blue hull design

Carnival announced its ships will get a look to their hulls that match the new look.

The Carnival Mardi Gras is the newest cruise ship in Carnival's fleet, and it has a hull design that will be copied across to other ships.

The cruise line confirmed the Mardi Gras' hull design will become a trademark feature across the fleet.

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Carnival Cruise VIFP Status and Benefits

If you're planning a Carnival Cruise, you've likely heard of the line's "Very Important Fun Person" loyalty program. But what is VIFP?

Through VIFP, Carnival rewards cruisers for sailing with the line. You'll earn points for each night of every voyage you book. As you earn more points, you'll ascend up the ranks, and the higher the level you reach, the more perks to which you'll be entitled -- benefits like discounts, thank-you gifts and invitations to exclusive onboard parties.

When Will Carnival Cruise Ships Sail Again?

This article was last updated on May 11, 2021.

It has been more than a year since cruise lines voluntarily halted sailings, and cruisers are wondering when Carnival ships will resume voyages.

Carnival cancels all May 2021 cruises

Carnival Cruise Line has joined others in cancelling their May cruises.

The cruise line announced on Wednesday it has decided to cancel all of its U.S. departures through May 31, 2021.

In a statement, the cruise line said a "date for the return of guest cruising operations from U.S. ports has not yet been determined."

With the new round of cancellations, Carnival cruise ships won’t begin sailings until June at the earliest.

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