Carnival Cruise Line changes travel plans with delay of new ship



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Carnival Cruise Line will notify guests and travel agents 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 the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic.

 It is 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 on Feb. 6. Itineraries out of Port Canaveral for departures from Nov. 14, 2020 to Jan. 30, 2021 have been canceled.
  • 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 April 24, 2021. Consequently, guests on 18 Carnival Breeze sailings from Fort Lauderdale scheduled to operate from Nov. 7, 2020 to March 7, 2021 are being notified that their cruises have been canceled.
  • Carnival Magic’s transatlantic and European itineraries from March 13, 2021 to May 3, 2021 have been canceled. Seven sailings previously scheduled for Carnival Breeze from Fort Lauderdale from March 13 to April 24, 2021 will move to Miami and those guests will sail on the same itinerary, but on Carnival Magic operating from Port Miami.