Carnival Cruise Line on Friday canceled the remainder of its April departures from Galveston and other U.S. ports because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement resulted in another eight cruises from the Port of Galveston being canceled. The company had previously canceled sailings of the Carnival Freedom through April 10. The announcement applied to planned cruises for Carnival Dream and Vista.

Royal Caribbean already had canceled all its cruises through the end of April.

To date, 89 of 325 cruises from Galveston planned for 2021 cruises have been canceled because of the pandemic. In 2020, 254 cruises were canceled after the March shutdown of cruise ships because of the pandemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection lifted a strict no-sail order for cruises in October. So far, however, no major cruise line has announced a return to business.

A CDC travel advisory still recommends people avoid cruises because of the high risk of virus transmission aboard ships.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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Charlotte O'rourke

The maritime industry - especially cruise ports which have been hit the hardest - have been lobbying extensively for some economic relief. Let’s hope congress hears the request and takes action as it appears extremely doubtful the cruise industry can start back up anytime soon.

And to add to our world’s worries these virus mutations ..... let’s all hope our American leadership can stomp out the virus. To accomplish let’s work together and show our 💪 cumulative strength by wearing masks, trying to minimize close contact, and getting vaccinated as quickly as it’s offered.

Bailey Jones


Bailey Jones

I'll be very surprised if cruises can start up again before the summer - unless they are "vaccinated only" cruises.

Charlotte O'rourke

According to this latest report and amid falling stocks, the most optimistic sail date was July with 4th quarter or even 2022 dates being a better prediction.

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