Carnival Cruise Line canceled more of its voyages until 2021 on Wednesday and announced the sale of two older ships as the coronavirus pandemic continues to calm voyages around the world.
The company said it had sold Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination, both launched in the mid-1990s, while taking steps to eliminate “less efficient ships from its fleet”. Earlier, the cruise line sold two more ships ̵
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“While we are saddened to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leaving our fleet, this is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the widest variety of features and cabinet accommodation for our guests.” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a written statement.
Carnival said it will continue to operate four modernized Fantasy-class ships as voyages resume: ecstasy, sensation, delight and paradise. Each of these ships has new dining and entertainment options, as well as additional cabins for balconies.
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THE CORONAVIR PANDEMIC CONCLUDES THE RELEASE OF A MARIOT TO CUT OFF 3,300 EMPLOYEES
Coronavirus safety precautions have forced cruise lines other than Carnival around the world to cancel their trips. And Disney Cruise Line said this week that the debut of its newest ship will be delayed due to a problem with the shipyard.
Carnival also announced further cancellation of four of its ships as they are undergoing dry dock improvements. The Carnival Magic voyages from Miami will be canceled by March 13, 2021; The trips to the Tampa Carnival Paradise will be canceled by March 19, 2021; New Orleans Valor Carnival trips, including the transatlantic cruise and return from Barcelona, will be canceled by April 29, 2021; and Carnival Spirit trips from Brisbane will be canceled by May 16, 2021.
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Duffy said the extended pause in cruise operations had affected the shipyard’s availability and forced the cruise line to reschedule the necessary dry docks.
“As we continue to work on issues related to our eventual return to service, we are committed to providing our guests and partners with travel agents with security where we can, although we regret to have disappointed our guests,” Duffy said. “We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them on board soon.”