CDC Approves Port Agreements for Carnival Cruise Line
Carnival Cruise Line has received approval from the CDC for its Phase 2A Port Agreements for PortMiami, Port of Galveston, and Port Canaveral. The line had previously announced its plans to resume sailings this summer on the Carnival Horizon out of Miami and Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze out of Galveston. No dates have officially been announced for these cruises.
According to the CDC's Conditional Sailing Order, cruise lines must have agreements with the homeports that they are prepared to support the cruise operator with additional public health and operational resources prior to the implementation of simulated cruise and/or full guest operations. This approval for Carnival by the CDC means that the line has met all needed terms for these agreements.
“These agreements move us one step closer to sailing with our loyal guests,” said Lars Ljoen, executive vice president and chief maritime officer for Carnival Cruise Line. “We appreciate the support from not just these three homeport partners, but all of our homeports, that are eager to have us back as soon as possible.”
In an announcement from Carnival, the line says that Port Canaveral has been identified as a restart priority and they plan to announce operations details shortly. Carnival's newest ship, Carnival Mardi Gras, is slated to start passenger cruises from Port Canaveral this August.