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Carnival says it won’t cruise in Australia until May

Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled all Australian cruises until May 19 – with Carnival Spirit sailings scratched until June 12.

The Carnival Splendor was due to set sail in March.

“On behalf of all of us at Carnival Cruise Line, we extend our sincere apologies for the disruption to your holiday plans and trust you understand this decision was made with everyone’s best interest at heart,” the line said in a statement on its website.

Carnival is offering an Enhanced Value Option for those booked on affected cruises:

CURRENT CRUISE LENGTH OPTION 1 – ENHANCED VALUE OPTION 2 – WHAT YOU PAID
6 nights or more 100% Future Cruise Credit
PLUS AUD$900 onboard credit (OBC) per stateroom on your next cruise if booked by 30 September 2021 for sailing by 30 April 2023.
100% refund
5 nights or less 100% Future Cruise Credit
PLUS AUD$450 onboard credit (OBC) per stateroom on your next cruise if booked by 30 September 2021 for sailing by 30 April 2023.
100% refund

In the US, Carnival has extended its pause to April 30, 2021, and European itineraries through to October 31, 2021 are cancelled.