Carnival Group announced that it will resume some cruise lines on August 1. Eight cruise ships from Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, and Port Galveston, Texas, will resume sailing, Reuters reported. Carnival said all other cruises in North America and Australia would remain closed until at least August 31. Customers who have booked a cruise affected by the cancellation will receive an email explaining how to request a refund or other “cancellation offer”. Carnival Cruise lines usually offer a full refund or cancellation of cruise points options.
“We will take a cautious approach to resuming sailing later this summer, with some cruise ships scheduled in phases starting in August,” Carnival wrote in a tweet. “We will use this extended pause to continue to identify and implement additional agreements so that we can safely welcome everyone back as soon as possible.” “
Carnival has cancelled a number of scheduled cruises due to a new corona epidemic that has seen more than 1,500 passengers infected on its vessels — including its Diamond Princess — quarantined for nearly a month outside Japanese ports in February. According to Reuters, the Princess is not among those expected to reopen in August.
The company has cut all sand routes to San Francisco by 2020, as well as some other cruise routes in July, October and November. Meanwhile, the U.S. House Of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Friday called on the company to turn over documents related to its response to the outbreak.
“Our goal is the same as the committee’s objective: to protect the health, safety and well-being of our guests and crew, as well as compliance and environmental protection,” the company said in a statement. “