The coronavirus pandemic may make you want to get far away from it all. A cruise would help, but much of the industry has been shuttered.
But, it’s opening. Monday, Carnival Cruise Line announced plans to resume travel amid the ongoing pandemic.
Beginning Aug. 1, Carnival plans to resume cruises on eight ships. Two will sail out of Osceola’s closest port, Port Canaveral: the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation.
But it’s a very limited opening for the cruise industry that’s been shut down since March. Aside from those two ships and six others scheduled to go out of ports in Miami and Galveston, all other Carnival North American and Australian homeport cruises will be canceled through Aug. 31.
“We are committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the COVID-19 situation. We are taking a measured approach, focusing our return to service on a select number of homeports where we have more significant operations that are easily accessible by car for the majority of our guests,” a Carnival spokesperson said in a statement.
“We will use this additional time to continue to engage experts, government officials and stakeholders on additional protocols and procedures to protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we serve. We appreciate the understanding and support of our guests and travel agent partners and look forward to welcoming them on board as the environment for travel and tourism improves.”