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BREAKING: Cruise giant Carnival to bring back two-thirds of its fleet by October

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Carnival Cruise Line soon will have 15 of its 24 ships back in operation.

The world’s second-largest cruise brand on Monday announced plans to restart departures with three more vessels in September out of New Orleans, Baltimore and Galveston, Texas, respectively.

The line also said it would add an additional four more ships on top of that back into operation in October out of Miami (two vessels), Port Canaveral and Mobile, Alabama.

The seven ships coming back into service are in addition to eight vessels that already either have restarted departures or will be doing so in the coming weeks.

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With the addition of the seven newly announce restarts, Carnival will have nearly two-thirds of its fleet back in operation by the end of October.

Like all major cruise lines around the world, Carnival shut down departures worldwide in March of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it didn’t operate a single voyage with paying passengers until earlier this month.

Carnival’s 3,954-passenger Carnival Vista and 3,690-passenger Carnival Breeze restarted sailings out of Galveston, Texas, on July 3 and July 15, respectively. The 3,960-passenger Carnival Horizon resumed voyages out of Miami on July 4.

Video: Carnival Cruise Line Sails for the First Time in Over a Year With Cruises Out of Miami and Texas (Travel + Leisure)

Carnival Cruise Line Sails for the First Time in Over a Year With Cruises Out of Miami and Texas

The five other Carnival ships scheduled to restart operations in the coming weeks include the Carnival Miracle sailing out of Seattle for Alaska (starting July 27) and Mardi Gras sailing to the Caribbean out of Port Canaveral (starting on July 31).

The line’s Carnival Magic, Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Panorama are scheduled to restart sailings on Aug. 7, 14 and 21, respectively, out of Port Canaveral, Miami and Long Beach, California.

The newly announced restarts include:

  • Carnival Glory out of New Orleans, starting Sept. 5.
  • Carnival Pride out of Baltimore, starting Sept. 12.
  • Carnival Dream from Galveston, starting Sept. 19.
  • Carnival Conquest from Miami, starting Oct. 8
  • Carnival Freedom from Miami, starting Oct. 9.
  • Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral, starting Oct. 11.
  • Carnival Sensation from Mobile, starting Oct. 21.

All of the sailings on the ships restarting operations will be open primarily to passengers vaccinated for COVID-19. Some unvaccinated passengers, including children not eligible for vaccination, will be allowed on the sailings but the maximum number will be limited.

“The decision to sail with vaccinated voyages was a difficult one to make, and we recognize this is disappointing to some of our guests especially the many families with children under the age of 12 who we love to sail, and who love to sail with us,” Carnival president Christine Duffy said in a statement accompanying the announcement.  “It’s important to remember that this is a temporary measure given the current circumstances.”

Duffy said Carnival’s plan was to bring back all of its vessels by the end of the year.

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