On Monday Carnival Cruise Line announced that it would be returning to cruising on August 1st. The company’s previous return date had been set for late June.
Carnival’s announcement says that it will station three cruise ships at Galveston, Texas, three at Miami, Florida, and two more at Port Canaveral Florida.
CNBC.com reports that, in a statement, Carnival said: “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.” The company attempted to reassure the public that it is “committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the Covid-19 situation.”
Aside from these voyages, Carnival’s other North American and Australia cruises will be canceled through August 31 while it continues to develop a plan to return to full cruising.
International cruise travel was a major source of the coronavirus spread. On some ships, up to 700 passengers contracted the virus, with many of them traveling back to their countries and spreading the virus there.
Cruise companies that call on the U.S. are currently under a Centers for Disease Control no-sail order which is set to last until July 24, reports CNBC.com.