The boss of Carnival Cruise Line has said. that the company may have to move its ships away from US homeports unless a “workable solution” can be found.
The remarks came as Carnival pushed its restart date back until June 30.
“We know that this is very disappointing to our guests who continue to be eager to sail, and we remain committed to working with the Administration and the CDC to find a workable solution that best serves the interest of public health. We are asking that the cruise industry be treated on par with the approach being taken with other travel and tourism sectors, as well as U.S. society at large,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
“While we have not made plans to move Carnival Cruise Line ships outside of our US homeports, we may have no choice but to do so in order to resume our operations which have been on ‘pause’ for over a year. We appreciate the continued patience and support from our loyal guests, travel advisors and business partners as we work on a return-to-service solution.”
Booked guests and travel agents are being notified directly of the cancellations and the options for a future cruise credit plus onboard credit package, or a full refund.