There won’t be any bon voyages for Charleston cruisers this year.
Carnival Cruise Line has voluntarily extended its suspension of operations in the Holy City, as well as various ports throughout the U.S., until 2022, the company said in a news release.
The announcement comes nearly two months after the company said it would pause Carnival Sunshine operations until October 31.
“We are making slight adjustments to our timeline to take into account supply chain realities and ensure that our destination and shore excursion offerings can meet the strong demand we are seeing from our guests,” said President of Carnival Cruise Line Christine Duffy in a statement. “Our teams, ship and shore are prepared to continue delivering on our great guest experience and manage all health and safety protocols.”
In July, the cruise line said it would slowly restart 15 ships from seven U.S. homeports by mid-November as part of a phased-in approach. The Carnival Glory from New Orleans, Carnival Pride from Baltimore and Carnival Dream from Galveston are all scheduled to re-launch this month.
In October, the cruise line hopes to restart four more ships, including Carnival Conquest from Miami, effective Oct. 8, Carnival Freedom from Miami, effective Oct. 9, Carnival Elation from Port Canaveral, Fla., effective Oct. 11, and Carnival Sensation from Mobile, Ala., effective Oct. 21.
The S.C. Ports Authority said they do not have a confirmed date when Carnival Sunshine or Port of Calls operations will resume in Charleston.