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Carnival full fleet restart entails new ships for Canaveral, JAXPORT, Alaska

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Australia ships Carnival Spirit, here in new livery, and Carnival Splendor will sail to Alaska from Seattle this summer
With new ships for Port Canaveral and Jacksonville and an expanded Alaska season using its two Australia ships, Carnival Cruise Line will have its full fleet back in service by May.

By March, Carnival will have resumed service in all 10 of its year-round US homeports. With the start of the Alaska season in May, the line will have returned its entire fleet to service, less than 10 months after resuming operations.

Beginning in early March, four Carnival ships will orchestrate a series of moves.

Elation to Jacksonville, Freedom to Miami

Carnival Elation will redeploy from Port Canaveral to Jacksonville, effective April 23 to Oct. 13.

Carnival Freedom will be moving from Miami to Port Canaveral to pick up the itineraries formerly assigned to Carnival Elation, effective April 21 through Oct. 15.

Carnival Spirit and Splendor to Alaska

Carnival Spirit will take over several sailings previously assigned to Carnival Freedom, including the April 17 'Carnival Journeys' cruise from Miami through the Panama Canal to Seattle.

Once in Seattle, Carnival Spirit will cruise to Alaska from May through September. These itineraries will open for sale today.

Carnival Splendor will reposition to Seattle and operate Alaska sailings currently assigned to Carnival Freedom.

Then Splendor back to Sydney

Upon completion of the summer season in Alaska, Carnival Splendor will return to Australia with a new 'Journeys' cruise to Sydney that will be available to book soon. Carnival Spirit will sail the 'Carnival Journeys' cruise back through the Panama Canal to Miami that was previously assigned to Carnival Freedom.

Carnival is notifying booked passengers and travel advisors about these changes and said impacted customers will not have access to their booking for up to two weeks as the line moves their bookings to the new ships and provides equivalent accommodations.

Plans for Australia return after Alaska season

'We appreciate everyone's patience as we work through this process. We are excited to have every Carnival Cruise Line ship in the fleet sailing again by May and to be back in all 10 of our year-round US homeports. We are also continuing to make plans for a return to guest operations in Australia upon completion of our Alaska season,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said.

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