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Carnival Cruise Line cancels cruises for next 30 days due to Coronavirus

Carnival Cruise Line will suspend all of its North American cruises between March 14 and April 9, 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Carnival, along with all the major cruise lines, opted to halt sailings for at least 30 days.

Carnival Cruise Line prohibits anyone 70 or older and those with medical issues not to cruise due to Coronavirus

Carnival Cruise Line has added a new rule for guests that prohibit anyone 70 years old or older, as well as those with chronic medical conditions, from going on a cruise out of concern that Coronavirus could affect them substantially more.

Carnival consulted with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to craft this new policy, and it prohibits:

Carnival Victory on her way to drydock to become Carnival Radiance

The Carnival Victory left PortMiami and is on her way to Cadiz, Spain for a 38-day dry dock, where she will undergo $200 million of work to become the Carnival Radiance.

Once the ship finishes her Transatlantic crossing, the 102,000-ton vessel will be completely transformed.

Carnival Radiance will mark the seagoing debut of Big Chicken created by Carnival’s Chief Fun Officer Shaquille O’Neal, as well as many of the line’s most popular dining, bar, entertainment and attraction options.

Carnival Cruise Line signs five-year deal with Norfolk, Virginia

Carnival Cruise Line signed a deal to offer cruises seasonally from the Half Moone Cruise Center in Norfolk, Virginia through 2025.

The agreement was announced between the cruise line and the City of Norfolk at a press conference by Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Alexander who was joined by Carnival’s Senior Vice President of Nautical and Port Operations Terry Thornton.

Carnival Magic will become the largest ship to ever sail from Norfolk when she begins offering 12 sailings from the port in 2021.

Carnival Mardi Gras floated out for first time

Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras cruise ship was floated out at its shipyard for the first time.

The new cruise ship was floated out at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland. The first time a ship is floated out is a significant milestone in the construction of the vessel, and one giant step closer to completion.

Carnival Mardi Gras has funnel added

Construction of Carnival Cruise Line's newest ship, Mardi Gras, reached a new milestone with the addition of her iconic funnel.

The funnel was added last week at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Findland.

Funnel being added to Carnival Mardi Gras

Carnival Valor to offer pair of Trans-Atlantic Crossings in 2021

Carnival Valor will offer two 15-day Trans-Atlantic Crossings in 2021

The first will depart on January 25, 2021 from New Orleans to Barcelona. It will include day-long stops at Bermuda, Funchal (Madeira) Portugal, and Malaga and Valencia, Spain before arriving in Barcelona on Feb. 9, 2021.

Following its arrival in Barcelona, Carnival Valor will undergo a 17-day dry dock details of which will be announced in the coming months.

The second will depart on February 26, 2021 from Barcelona to New Orleans and arrive in New Orleans on March 13, 2021 

Carnival Corporation and its CEO pledge $1.25m for Australian bushfires relief

Carnival Corporation announced its philanthropic arm, Carnival Foundation, and five of its global cruise line brands together with the Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation have collectively pledged over US$1.25 million to support disaster recovery efforts from raging bushfires causing widespread devastation throughout Australia.

Carnival Corporation to launch 4 new cruise ships in 2020

Umbrella company Carnival Corporation will launch four new cruise ships in 2020 across its global cruise brands.

  • Iona for P&O Cruises UK
  • Enchanted Princess for Princess Cruises
  • Mardi Gras for Carnival Cruise Line
  • Costa Firenze for Italian brand Costa Cruises

Iona from P&O Cruises (UK) – May 2020

Iona marks the first new ship for P&O Cruises since the introduction of Britannia in 2015.

Carnival Australia pledges disaster relief money folr brushfire fun

Carnival Australia will donate A$350,000 to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund in an effort to help the efforts related to brushfire relief.

The money comes as a gesture from five of Carnival's cruise brands that sail in Australia: P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard and Holland America Line.

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