I hope this finds you and your family well. It has certainly been a busy couple of weeks since our last update.
As Carnival Cruise Line carefully evaluates the Framework for Resuming Cruise Ship Operations Order issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on October 30th, I’d like to update you with what we know regarding the February 6th sailing of the Carnival Mardi Gras and the Super Cruise.
Carnival is still completing its analysis and a plan to comply with the CDC’s directive. This plan includes the staggered deployment plans for their fleet and homeports. Carnival is required to obtain a Covid-19 Conditional Sailing Certificate for each ship sailing from a US port of embarkation. Carnival Cruise line must apply at least 30 days in advance to operate at least one “simulated voyage” for each ship, demonstrating the ability to mitigate the risks of the virus aboard.
This leads us at Cruises Etc to believe that there is a strong possibility that the Carnival Mardi Gras Inaugural Sailing will be pushed back from its February 6th sailing date. Additionally we must notify all prospective passengers of the CDC’s advisory related to cruise travel.