Update: Carnival Cruise Line Issues New Cancellations Into 2021

This morning, November 18, 2020, Carnival Cruise Line announced an extension their cruise cancellation dates.  All embarkations from U.S. homeports are canceled through January 31, 2020.

Carnival Cruise Line Cancels Carnival Breeze. No relaxing on the Pool Deck for a while.
No relaxing on the Carnival Breeze Pool Deck for a while.

Carnival Cruise Lines Further Extends Cancellations into 2021

In addition, departures from the ports of Baltimore, Charleston, Jacksonville, Long Beach, Mobile, New Orleans and San Diego are canceled through Feb. 28.

Cruises on Carnival Legend out of Tampa are canceled through March 26.

Carnival Horizon is due to arrive at PortMiami this week followed by Carnival Breeze

When Carnival begins the phased-in approach to resume cruising as required by the CDC, the first cruises will embark at Port Canaveral and Port Miami followed by Galveston. 

Following CDC protocols, Carnival Horizon is scheduled to arrive in Miami this week.  Carnival Breeze will be the next ship to return to the U.S.  

Carnival Ships scheduled to sail sometime in 2021

Carnival has 16 ships that are currently following CDC guidelines for an eventual return to service in the U.S. sometime in 2021.  This includes:

  • Carnival Conquest
  • Carnival Dream
  • Carnival Ecstasy
  • Carnival Elation
  • Carnival Freedom
  • Carnival Glory
  • Carnival Liberty
  • Carnival Miracle
  • Carnival Panorama
  • Carnival Pride
  • Carnival Sensation
  • Carnival Sunrise
  • Carnival Sunshine
  • Carnival Vista

Mardi Gras, still under construction in Finland, will enter service in 2021.

“We are committed to meeting the CDC requirements and keeping our guests and business partners informed of our progress,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “The entire Carnival team appreciates the great support of our guests, travel advisors and business partners, and local officials in our homeports and destinations.” 

In addition, Carnival had previously canceled departures on four ships, Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Valor, and Carnival Victory/Radiance.  These ships are scheduled for scheduled dry docks in the first half of 2021.  It’s planned for those ships to return to service once maintenance work and upgrades are completed. 

Timeline of Carnival Cruise cancellations

November 3, 2020:  Carnival Cruise Line announced that their planned cruises for December from Port Canaveral and PortMiami are canceled.  Carnival cruise cancellations follow the CDC’s announcement on October 30 of a “Framework for Conditional Sailing.” 

Carnival canceled cruises but not from Port Canaveral.
Carnival Sunshine departs from Port Canaveral as people line Jetty Park to wave goodbye.

Only a few months ago, when the Centers for Disease Control announced its extension of the No Sail Order through October 31, Carnival Cruise Line was hopeful.  The cruise line planned to reopen two Florida ports Port Canaveral and Port Miami, with six ships sailing. 

Carnival Cruise Line cancels all cruises through 2020

Carnival’s latest list of cruise cancellations includes departures from all U.S. homeports through December 2020.  In addition to Carnival Cruise Line, the remaining brands in Carnival Corporation are also included in the cruise cancellations. These are Cunard North America, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn.

“Our highest responsibility and top priorities are always compliance, protecting the environment, and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, the people in communities we touch, our crew and shoreside employees,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation.

carnival mardi gras will cruise from port canaveral
Something to look forward to next year when Carnival Mardi Gras cruises from Port Canaveral.

Carnival will give you the same refund incentive that other guests received on canceled cruises.  You have a choice for a combination of a future cruise credit and onboard credit or request a full refund.   

Read more:  Carnival Panorama adds hands-on cooking classes

Health and safety protocol implementation

Until the cruise lines can comply with the CDC’s “Framework for Conditional Sailing” the resumption of cruises is still in flux.  Carnival (and all other cruise lines) must develop and present their plan that demonstrates how to safely resume cruising.  All the major cruise lines have some sort of official collection of experts or panels.  And they’re all trying to figure out how to get all sorts of health protocols in place.  

From pre-boarding coronavirus testing to mandatory wearing masks indoors, enhanced on board medical facilities and so much more, Carnival has yet to formally announce any definitive plan to return to cruising.  

How to cancel a future Carnival cruise

Anyone booked on a departure into 2021 can cancel their booking any time prior to departure.  At least that is the latest word from Carnival. The form is available on Carnival’s website

When cruising will resume is anyone’s guess.  I’m betting on late spring or early summer.  

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14 thoughts on “Update: Carnival Cruise Line Issues New Cancellations Into 2021”

  • Hi Jim,
    Thanks for your question. Your best bet would be for you or your travel agent to contact Carnival reservations. Since the CDC guidelines limit departures to 7 nights, it would seem to me that your March 27 8-night cruise won’t happen. And you’re right…it’s not offered on their website. I’d reach out to Carnival and find out what’s the latest update with your cruise…final payment would be coming up soon, too. With so much happening right now at the cruise lines, I wouldn’t wait for them to contact me first. Good luck and hopefully 8-night cruises will be back soon.
    Sherry

  • I am booked on the Carnival Breeze for an 8 day cruise to leave from Port Canaveral on March 27
    th2021? Currently is shows 16 ships that carnival is working on to the CDC guidelines and the Breeze is not on that list but the cruise is not canceled yet, do you think it will sail? The cruise is not on the website to book anymore.

    Jim

  • Hi Ron,
    Thank you for your question. My best advice to you would be to call your travel agent or Carnival and speak with a representative for clarification. Be sure not to miss the final payment due date or the date that you can get your deposit fully refunded.

    Someone directly from Carnival can answer your questions so there aren’t any problems.
    Sherry

  • My scheduled cruise is a 10 day in August 2021. My cruise does not show on Carnival cruise line web site for schedule or booking at this time. No cancellation notice has been received except for the general notice from other sources saying no cruises longer than 7 days until Nov 1 . IF FULL PAYMENT IS DUE IN MARCH, AND CARNIVAL HAS NOT NOTIFIED YOU OF CANCELLATION IS FULL PAYMENT NEEDED. Is Carnival planning to collect more payment on cruises that may already be cancelled or are they going to freeze payments on cruises with currently unknown cruise status.

  • Hi Becky,
    Thank you for your question. At this time, your cruise aboard Panorama is still scheduled. Hopefully, it won’t be canceled from its departure from Long Beach. At this time, I’d take a wait and see stance. There’s a lot to get done for all those Carnival ships to be ready to sail by March. Just keep checking. Thank you again for reading the article.
    Sherry

  • Hi Melanie,
    Thank you for your question. So far, Carnival still plans on the Elation to sail from Port Canaveral in March. Keep an eye out for possible cancellations, however. Carnival has quite a bit of health and safety protocols to get in place before any ships can resume cruising. Fingers crossed that March is not canceled.
    Sherry

  • Hi Stephanie,
    Thank you for your question. I don’t know who told you the cruise is still scheduled but Carnival has canceled all of their January departures from all US ports. I just double-checked on their website and there are no cruise departures in January 2021. Please contact Carnival or your travel agent to arrange either a future cruise credit or refund, depending on what is available to you.
    Thank you again for taking the time to send a question.
    Sherry

  • We have a cruise leaving out of Port Canaveral on Jan.2.2021. They are saying the cruise is scheduled as planned. Do you know if this is factual? Being a senior with health issues this is a concern for me.

  • Hi Robert,
    Thank you for your question. At this time, Carnival’s website still shows that the 8-night Horizon departure is scheduled. According to the CDC’s new Framework For Conditional Sailing Order, the 7-night maximum is in effect only through November 1, 2021. That is probably why your departure still appears on their site. If there is a change, Carnival says it will contact the passenger or the travel agent of the changes. I always think it’s a good idea to be pro-active and check Carnival’s website during 2021 to see if your sailing is still on schedule.
    Thank you again for reading my article.
    Sherry

  • Hi Jack,
    Thank you for your question. As of today, 11/22/20, Carnival’s website still shows that Mardi Gras is sailing from Port Canaveral on February 13, 2021. However, do not be surprised if this cruise is canceled. Three other brands in the Carnival family have already canceled departures through March 2021. Just keeping checking with Carnival. Thank you for taking the time to write your comment.
    Sherry

  • I AM BOOKED ON THE HORIZON FOR AN EIGHT DAY CRUISE IN NOV 2021. I HEARD THAT NO CRUISES WILL GO BEYOND SEVEN DAYS. IS THAT TRUE AND IF SO WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED.

  • Can you tell me if my cruise set to sail out of Port Canaveral on Feb 13 is still on? And has it been changed to the Mardi gras. It showed on your web site my ship is know the Mardi gras.

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