Carnival is bringing a second cruise ship back to the United States


If you wanted to navigate Carnival Splendor Where Carnival spirit but you haven’t had the chance, your time has come. The cruise line announced late last week that Carnival Splendor will join Spirit in North America in the coming months.

Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor in Australia. (Photo via Carnival)

Last week, Carnival announced that Spirit would leave the South Pacific until at least the fall of 2023. Shortly after, the operator canceled Carnival Splendor‘s down under travels through fall 2022.

As of Monday morning, it has not been announced where in North America Carnival will be homeported. Splendor.

Canceled Carnival Australia cruises

  • Carnival Splendor departures until September 26, 2022 inclusive
  • Carnival spirit departures until October 5, 2023 inclusive

A note on Carnival Australia’s website says“As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are sorry to share the news that Carnival Cruise Line is suspending operations for select Australian sailings departing March 15, 2020 until and including September 26, 2022.”

Carnival spirit was based in Brisbane, Australia, and Splendor in Sydney, sailing on voyages in the South Pacific.

The Australian government has kept its international cruise ship ban in place since March 2020 and doesn’t appear to be giving up any time soon. Its current ban is valid until May 2022. Constant extensions back to cruising are forcing cruise passengers to sail to more lucrative waters.

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Carnival Splendor

The spirit of carnival already on the way

From Monday morning, Carnival Splendor is off Dubai. According to the Cruise Ship Tracking website CruiseMapper, Carnival Spirit is in the Gulf of Aden, en route to transit through the Suez Canal. The ship will likely embark once in the Mediterranean Sea before making the transatlantic journey to Jacksonville, Florida to restart operations on March 7.

In a separate move, Carnival announced last week that the two Carnival feeling and carnival ecstasy would be put to pasture. Sensation will not be returning to the cruise, and Ecstasy will depart from Mobile, Alabama, from March 5 through mid-October 2022. The cruise port will then be shipless until Carnival makes operational adjustments in 2023. A replacement has not been named.

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