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Some CCL Cruises are Set to Resume August 1, 2020

Carnival Cruise Line plans to resume cruises on Aug. 1, the company announced Monday.

Eight of its 27 ships will begin cruising out of ports in Florida and Texas in August, the company said, while all other cruises will remain canceled through at least Aug. 31. The company had previously said it would cancel all cruises through June 26.

The first ships to return to cruising will be the Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation from Miami, the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral east of Orlando, and the Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista from Galveston, Texas. All Alaska cruises on the Carnival Spirit from Seattle will be canceled, as well as the Carnival Spirit Vancouver-Honolulu cruise on Sept. 25 and the Honolulu-Brisbane transpacific cruise on Oct. 6.

The cruise industry initially canceled new cruises on March 13 after repeated COVID-19 outbreaks on its ships, followed by a no-sail order from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On April 9, citing ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks among crew, the CDC extended its no-sail order for the industry, banning cruises through at least July 24, or until the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over. The order also requires companies to tell the CDC how they sanitize ships, report the number of COVID-19 cases daily, test for COVID-19, staff ships with enough doctors and equipment, privately transport critically ill people and repatriate nonessential workers.

Spokesperson for Carnival Cruise Line Vance Gulliksen said the company is working on a set of protocols to protect passengers and crew. “We are using this extended pause to continue to build a strong set of protocols for guest, crew and community health and safety,” he said via email.

In April, Genting Cruise Line announced it is preparing for a host of post-pandemic changes when cruises resume. Those include requiring a doctor’s note from passengers over 70, infrared fever detectors on gangways, face masks for all passenger-facing crew members and common-area disinfecting as frequently as every two hours.

The decision to begin cruising again comes as the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is investigating Carnival Corporation’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Committee chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, called the company’s decision to wait until August at the earliest to resume cruises “welcome news.”

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