Carnival Fleet Contraction Continues; Plus More Itinerary Cancellations

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Carnival Fascination is one of the ships that is leaving the CCL fleet.

Carnival Fascination and Imagination will be leaving the Carnival Cruise Line fleet, the company announced yesterday. 

Fascination was launched in 1994, while Imagination was introduced in 1995.

CCL says the sale is in line with its plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet, and follows the sale of Carnival Fantasy and Inspiration, which took place in JUL. 

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.   

Carnival is also delaying the return of four ships until after their scheduled dry dock enhancements are completed in the first half of 2021. The four impacted ships and resulting cancelled itineraries include:

 

  • Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until 13MAR, 2021
  • Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be cancelled until 19MAR, 2021
  • Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until 29APR, 2021 (including the transatlantic cruise from New Orleans on 25JAN, 2021 and the return from Barcelona on 26FEB, 2021)
  • Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be cancelled through 16MAY, 2021, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on 12JUN, 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," Duffy said.

"We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our guests and hope to welcome them back on board soon."

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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