Carnival Cruise Line Sets Ship Delivery Changes And Related Deployment Plans

MIAMI, July 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnival Cruise Line will be notifying guests and travel agents on Tuesday of revisions to the delivery of its newest ship, Mardi Gras, as well as the transformed Carnival Radiance - both resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic - and new itineraries for Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic that are all part of an updated deployment plan from November 2020 to May 2021.

The key points of the changes:

    --  Mardi Gras, the first LNG-powered ship to operate in the Western
        Hemisphere and featuring the first roller coaster at sea, will now enter
        into service from Port Canaveral, Fla. on Feb. 6, 2021. Itineraries out
        of Port Canaveral for departures from Nov. 14, 2020 to Jan. 30, 2021
        have been cancelled.
    --  Carnival Radiance's $200 million dry dock at the Cadiz, Spain shipyard
        was suspended this spring when the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a
        nationwide lockdown. Carnival is now evaluating shipyard options to
        complete the transformation, but the ship is likely not going to be
        completed until the spring.
    --  As a result of the delayed arrival of Carnival Radiance, Carnival Breeze
        will be redeployed from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral and will
        assume the itineraries for Carnival Radiance from Nov. 8, 2020 to Apr.
        24, 2021. Consequently, guests on 18 Carnival Breeze sailings from Fort
        Lauderdale scheduled to operate from Nov. 7, 2020 to Mar. 7, 2021 are
        being notified that their cruises have been cancelled.
    --  Carnival Magic's transatlantic and European itineraries from Mar. 13,
        2021 to May 3, 2021 have been cancelled. Seven sailings previously
        scheduled for Carnival Breeze from Fort. Lauderdale from Mar. 13 to Apr.
        24, 2021 will move to Miami and those guests will sail on the same
        itinerary, but on Carnival Magic operating from PortMiami.

"We continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global commerce, public health and our cruise operations. In addition to our current pause in service, there have been many other unintended consequences, including shipyard, dry dock and ship delivery delays, and related changes to our deployment plans for our fleet," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "While we had hoped to make up construction time on Mardi Gras over the summer, it's clear we will need extra time to complete this magnificent ship. We share our guests' disappointment and appreciate their patience as we work through this unprecedented time in our business and the lives of so many people. We remain committed to working with government, public health and industry officials to support the response to the pandemic and to return to operations when the time is right."

Guest and travel agent notifications will be emailed over the course of the day on Tuesday, July 7. Carnival expressed its appreciation for their guests' and travel agent partners' patience as it completes the notification process.

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SOURCE Carnival Cruise Line