Focus on PortMiami and Port Canaveral
'While operations from Miami and Port Canaveral in November and December are still not certain, Carnival is focusing its initial return to service from those two homeports, whenever that might occur,' the line said Thursday.
Gradual, phased approach
Carnival continues to work on protocols that would allow for the resumption of cruises with a gradual, phased-in approach, designating Miami and Port Canaveral as the first two homeports for embarkations. Sailings currently scheduled for November and December from those two homeports will remain in place for the time being while Carnival evaluates options.
However, the line is offering travelers booked on cruises from Miami and Canaveral in November and December the ability to voluntarily cancel their reservation and receive the same offer that all other impacted guests are receiving. This includes a combination future cruise credit and on-board credit, or a full refund.
'Not making any presumptions'
'As we have said throughout this pause, our return to operations will be gradual and phased in. And while we are not making any presumptions, once cruising is allowed, we will center our initial start-up from the homeports of Miami and Port Canaveral,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said. 'The health and safety of our guests, crew and communities we serve remain the cornerstone of our plans and decisions.'
Duffy added: 'The patience and support of our guests and travel agent partners have been a huge motivation to our team as we have worked through this unprecedented situation and we are dedicated to getting back to operations when the time is right.'