Carnival cancels all remaining cruises by February 2021
(CNN) – Carnival Cruise Line announced Thursday that the remaining cruises have been canceled until February 2021 as Covid-19 cases continue to surge across the country.
“We apologize to our guests, but we must remain thoughtful, conscious and measured as we plan our return to operations in 2021,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in a statement.
“Our commitment to the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit is paramount in our decisions and operations.”
Carnival announced that it will suspend cruise operations from Miami, Port Canveral and Galveston in February 2021. The cruise line is also postponing the first sailing of its carnival ship to April 24, 2021, the press release said.
The cruise industry was among the companies hardest hit by the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control issued a no-sail order for cruise ships in March that banned leaving U.S. ports until October.
The cumulative CDC data from March 1 to July 10, 2020 showed a total of 2,973 Covid-19 or Covid-like cases of illness on cruise ships and 34 deaths. According to the data, eighty percent of ships in the US were affected during the timeframe.
CNN’s Chris Isidore and Francesca Street contributed to this report.