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Published on Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Carnival cancels more 2021 cruises; two more ships to be sold


Carnival Cruise Line is to sell Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination, which had previously been laid up and removed from itineraries.

The cruise line said the additional sales were in line with its plan to accelerate the removal of less efficient ships from its fleet.

Carnival has already sold Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration, with the transactions taking place in July.

It has been left with four upgraded Fantasy-class ships - the Ecstasy, Sensation, Elation and Paradise, which have additional balcony staterooms and enhanced dining and entertainment.

"While we are sad to see Carnival Fascination and Carnival Imagination leave our fleet, it is a necessary move as it allows us to focus on ships that offer the greatest variety of features and stateroom accommodations for our guests," said Carnival President Christine Duffy.

The line is also delaying the return to operations of four ships until next spring following scheduled dry dock enhancements.

The four impacted ships and resulting cancelled itineraries include:

* Carnival Magic itineraries operating from Miami will be cancelled until 13 March 13
* Carnival Paradise itineraries operating from Tampa will be cancelled until 19 March
* Carnival Valor itineraries operating from New Orleans will be cancelled until 29 April
* Carnival Spirit itineraries operating from Brisbane will be cancelled through to 16 May 16, with the first sailing being the Singapore to Brisbane voyage embarking on 12 June 12.

"This extended pause in our operations has also impacted shipyard availability, and we've had to reschedule required dry docks," it said.

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