Brave Enough for a Cruise? Carnival Has You Covered

Some cruises will depart from Texas and Florida in August, regulations permitting
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2020 4:20 PM CDT
Brave Enough for a Cruise? Carnival Has You Covered
The Carnival Pride cruise ship arrives at PortMiami, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Miami.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

If you're bold enough to want to take a cruise this summer, you may be able to via Carnival Cruise Line. NBC News reports that on Monday the company announced that select North American cruises would go back online beginning Aug. 1, with eight ships leaving ports in Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida, and Galveston, Texas. In a statement posted to Twitter after its announcement, the company faulted some media reports "that have not fully conveyed the contents of our previous media statement ... Carnival reiterates that this is our current contingent plan ... Any resumption of cruise operations—whenever that may be—is fully dependent on our continued efforts in cooperation with federal, state, local, and international governments."

All other North American operations will remain on ice through Aug. 31. NPR reports all cruise lines have been prevented from leaving US ports due to a No Sail Order issued by the CDC in March; it is currently in effect through July 24 or when the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines COVID-19 is no longer a public health emergency. In its earlier statement, Carnival gave explained it is "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." Bloomberg reports there are steals to be had: It spotted a 5-day cruise from Galveston to Cozmel, Mexico, at the start of August for about $28 per day—a figure that includes your food. (Read more Carnival Cruise Lines stories.)

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