Carnival has announced that it will resume some of its cruises on August 1st. Trips will resume on eight ships leaving from Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, and Galveston, Texas, according to Reuters.
All other cruises in North America and Australia will remain suspended through at least August 31st, Carnival said. Customers who had booked cruises that are impacted by cancellation will receive an email with instructions for how to claim a refund or other “cancellation offers.” Carnival typically offers the option of full refunds or future cruise credit for canceled trips.
“We will be taking a measured approach to resuming sailing later this summer, phasing in some cruises starting in August,” wrote Carnival in a tweet. “We will use this extended pause to continue to identify and implement additional protocols, so we can safely welcome you back soon.”
Carnival has canceled a large number of scheduled cruises due to the pandemic, after more than 1,500 passengers were infected on its ships — including its Diamond Princess vessel, which was quarantined for nearly a month outside a Japanese port in February. The Princess line is not among those slated to reopen in August, per Reuters.
The company has axed all San Francisco sailings through 2020, and a number of other cruises through various points in July, October, and November. Meanwhile, the US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure called on Friday for the company to hand over documents related to its response to the outbreaks.
“Our goal is the same as the committee’s goal: to protect the health, safety and well-being of our guests and crew, along with compliance and environmental protection,” the company said in a statement.