NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Carnival Cruise Line said Wednesday (Sept. 16) that it is selling two of its ships and that will have an imapct on on a cruise coming out of New Orleans.
Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until Apr. 29, 2021, including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on Jan. 25, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2021.
The sale of Carnival Fascination, launched in 1994, and Carnival Imagination, introduced in 1995, is in line with Carnival Corporation’s plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet. This follows the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration which took place in July.
Upon return to operations, Carnival will still operate four upgraded Fantasy-class ships: Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Elation and Carnival Paradise
“While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodations for our guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Cruisers can find more information on credits and a refund here.
The popular cruise line is also coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted several trips.
The three other impacted ships and resulting cancelled itineraries include:
- Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until Mar. 13, 2021
- Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be cancelled until Mar. 19, 2021
- Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be cancelled through May 16, 2021, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on June 12, 2021.
“This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we’ve had to reschedule required dry docks. As we continue to work through issues related to our eventual return to operations, we are committed to providing our guests and travel agent partners with certainty where we can, although we regret disappointing our guests. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them back on board soon,” Duffy said.
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