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Oct. 7 update: More Carnival ship restarts and delays, Chile eases restrictions

Carnival Sunshine is to begin sailing from Charleston Jan. 13
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-recovery cruise news. This will be updated throughout the day.

Carnival ship restarts and delays in January/February

Carnival Cruise Line announced plans for more ship restarts for January and February as it works toward returning its full US-based fleet to service in spring 2022. 

Following 17 ships scheduled to be operating by year-end, Carnival Sunshine is to restart from Charleston Jan. 13 and Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral Feb. 11. Ships operating in January and February will continue under the line's current protocols as vaccinated cruises

Cruises on Carnival’s three remaining US-based ships — Carnival Ecstasy from Jacksonville, Carnival Paradise from Tampa and Carnival Sensation from Mobile — are canceled through February. In addition, sailings on Australia-based Carnival Splendor from Sydney are canceled through Feb. 7, and on Carnival Spirit from Brisbane through Feb. 20.

With this announcement, Carnival’s US-based operations will cover the following homeports and ships by February, representing 90% of Carnival’s US-based capacity: from Galveston, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Vista; from Miami, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Conquest; and from Port Canaveral, Mardi Gras, Carnival Elation, Carnival Magic, Carnival Liberty (effective Feb. 11).

As well, from New Orleans, Carnival Glory, Carnival Valor; from Long Beach, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Radiance, Carnival Miracle; from Baltimore, Carnival Legend; from Tampa, Carnival Pride; from Charleston, Carnival Sunshine (effective Jan. 13).

'Our restart plan continues to excel across all metrics, and we are looking forward to completing the restart of the fleet in the new year,' Carnival President Christine Duffy said. 'We appreciate the support and patience of our guests, travel agents and port and destination partners who have been key to this successful restart.'

She added: 'We are optimistic that vaccines will be approved for children between the ages of 5 and 11 before the end of the year and we look forward to welcoming more families back on board.'

See also 'Carnival has carried nearly 237,000 cruisers since July.'

Chile eases entry restrictions

Starting Nov. 1, fully vaccinated travelers arriving to Chile will not have to undergo a five-day quarantine, provided they receive a negative PCR test in Chile. A PCR test taken within 72 hours before arriving to the country and medical travel insurance are also required. 

Currently it is taking 24 hours to get test results in Chile, something that Corporación de Puertos del Cono Sur is working on with the government and the cruise lines, Cono Sur Executive Director Sebastián Montero Lira told Seatrade Cruise News.

As previously reported, lines like Silversea Cruises and Hurtigruten Expeditions are set to begin Antarctica voyages from Chile in November. 

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