December 2nd is the newest date that Carnival Cruises – Australian Division will allow a small selection of ships to resume sailing. It was initially anticipated that Carnival Australia would set sail for late October, with that being forced to change after government personnel imposed an extension onto the “No Sail order”.
The Carnival Spirit & Carnival Splendor would’ve resumed cruising the Australian waters on October 29th. However, an influx of COVID-19 cases worldwide required public health experts & government authorities to discussion an extension on the “No Sail Order” with the Cruise Lines International Association. These three entities determined that the earliest dates that Ports would permit Carnival Cruises & other operators to resume sailing are December 2nd.
An official statement was released by Carnival Cruise Lines, which noted that resumed cruising would occur when the time is correct & health experts have designed safety measurements that fall under the government’s purview. Carnival Cruises than thanked their guests & travel agency partners for understanding the conditions they face amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Carnival said they’ll warmly welcome their guests back on board when the “No Sail Order” is removed. Its suspected guests will receive additional benefits not commonly given to Carnival’s visitors.
This is the 2nd extension Carnival Australia has implemented on their postponement of cruising. The announcement was made days after a subsidiary of Carnival, P&O Cruises was delaying resumed sailing until December 2nd. It was also confirmed that another Carnival subsidiary, Princess Cruises, wouldn’t continue Australian sailing until December 12th. This led most to suspect that Carnival would announce their postponement shortly after.
Carnival Cruises has provided clarification on what resumed sailing will resemble, with their full fleet not being active. There’ll be a limited number of ships available for consumers to select from, and a limited capacity available. These safety measures are to guarantee that COVID-19 outbreaks don’t occur on their Carnival owned ships. Not every operator is following suit to Carnival, with TUI Cruises & MSC Cruises having resumed sailing in Mid-August around the European Union. There haven’t been any outbreaks on vessels owned by MSC Cruises & TUI Cruises.