Monday, May 4, 2009

Swine Flu - H1N1 - Carnival Cruise Lines Changes Itineraries thru June 15

Carnival Cruise Lines has now suspended calls for all 16 of its ships that were scheduled to call at Mexican ports through June 15, 2009. Ships affected are Carnival Conquest, Carnival Destiny, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Elation, Carnival Fantasy, Carnival Freedom, Carnival Glory, Carnival Imagination, Carnival Inspiration, Carnival Legend, Carnival Paradise, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Triumph, Carnival Valor, and Holiday.

Carnival's latest statement is below.

Miami, FL – Monday, May 4, 2009 – 3pm

Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled all port of call visits in Mexico for 16 of its ships that were previously scheduled to stop in that country. 

Itineraries for vessels departing between now and June 15, 2009 that included stops in Mexico have been modified. In many instances, the modification simply involved substituting an alternate port.  Full details on the modified itineraries are available on the update chart.

Guests who do not wish to sail on a modified itinerary may opt to receive a refund in the form of a future cruise credit equal to the full amount paid for the voyage.  The credit may be applied to an alternate sailing departing through the end of 2010.  Compensation for missed ports/altered itineraries (where applicable) for guests who sail varies by itinerary.  With four and five-day cruises from Galveston and New Orleans that are being converted to seven-day voyages, those guests may opt to receive their refund in the form of a future cruise credit or money back. Details are on the link at the right on the update chart.