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Carnival delays in US, Australia, cancels Europe, sets back Mardi Gras debut

Mardi Gras' US debut is delayed by the COVID-19 situation in Europe
Carnival Cruise Line extended its pause in US departures through April 30 and in Australia through May 19.

In addition, Carnival Legend's European itineraries from May through October were canceled.

Mardi Gras debut a month later

And the start date Mardi Gras from Port Canaveral has been set back, with the first cruise now planned for May 29. It has most recently been planned for April 24.

Impacted customers and travel advisors are being notified and will be offered a bonus future cruise credit and on-board credit package, or a full refund.

'Heartened' by support from loyalists

'Our guests and travel agent partners continue to express their loyalty to Carnival and their desire to get back on our ships as soon as they can, and we are heartened by the booking demand and activity we continue to see,' President Christine Duffy said. 'We are certainly committed to welcoming them back as quickly as possible, but unfortunately we have determined it’s going to take a while longer, and the situation in Europe will also impact Mardi Gras’ departure to the US, and Carnival Legend’s itineraries in Europe.'