All the latest you need to know from Carnival Cruise Line as Florida ports begin to reopen and recovery efforts begin after Hurricane Irma.

As recovery and damage assessments continue many cruise ship passengers are wondering what’s the situation with Carnival ships arriving and departing ports in Floria. Cruising from south Florida is expected to start and Carnival ships are positioned off the coast ready for when the ports do open. Port Miami, Port Everglades, Port Canaveral and Port of Tampa are all in final damage assessments and are just about set to open up for major shipping.

What’s going on with Carnival cruise ships with port arrivals and departures?

Carnival Cruise Ships for Port Everglades:

Carnival Conquest and Carnival Splendor are in position to dock in Port Everglades today. We are waiting for Port Everglades to officially open. Carnival Splendor guests from the September 3 sailing will have the option of staying onboard the ship until Thursday to accommodate anyone who may have been displaced due to canceled flights.

Carnival Conquest – September 9
Scheduled to depart Port Everglades on September 12 for a 4-day cruise to Cozumel.

Carnival Cruise Ships for PortMiami:

Carnival Glory, Carnival Vista and Carnival Victory are returning to Miami and will be in position to dock in PortMiami, contingent on the port reopening tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday morning. We are in close contact with port officials in Miami and have been informed that port assessment activities are partially complete. Additionally, we have learned that there are two sunken sailboats in the channel that must be recovered prior to the reopening of the port.

Given the uncertainty, we have to further shorten our itineraries on Carnival Vista and Carnival Glory. Unfortunately, we will have to cancel the next cruise on Carnival Victory. Carnival Sensation is scheduled to complete her turnaround on Wednesday, September 13th. Please see below the revised itineraries for the Miami ships.

Carnival Vista –September 9
Changed to depart Miami on September 13 for a 4-day cruise to Cozumel.
Embarkation time: Please adhere to pre-selected arrival appointment. All guests must arrive no later than 3:00 PM.

Carnival Glory – September 9
Changed to depart Miami on September 13 for a 3-day cruise to Freeport and Nassau.

Embarkation time: Please adhere to pre-selected arrival appointment. All guests must arrive no later than 3:00 PM.

Carnival Victory – September 11
CANCELLED

Carnival Sensation – September 11
Scheduled to depart Miami on September 13 for a 3-day cruise to Nassau.

Embarkation time: To be determined. Update will be provided tomorrow.

Carnival Cruise Ships for Port Canaveral:

Carnival Magic guests from the September 3 sailing are scheduled to arrive in Port Canaveral on Wednesday, September 13th. Time to be determined upon port reopening. Transfers to Orlando airport will operate as normal.

Carnival Magic – September 9
Scheduled to depart Port Canaveral on September 13 for a 3-day cruise to Freeport and Nassau.
Embarkation time: to be determined.

Carnival Cruise Ships for Port of Tampa:

Carnival Paradise guests from the September 7 sailing departed Cozumel at 2:00 PM today to make their way back to Tampa or Port Canaveral, depending on the availability of the Port in Tampa. By 4:00 PM today, we will post the ship’s destination, where it will arrive on Wednesday. Guests may elect to be transferred to Tampa, or directly to Orlando airport, via motor coach They may also remain in the Port Canaveral area and sail back with the ship to the Port of Tampa with an expected arrival date of Saturday.

South Florida Cruising
Photo By: Russell Otway (For Cruise Hive Only)

Details for Carnival Cruise Passengers

Even though south Florida ports are starting to open up again the situation in the state is not back to normal yet. Also, ship itineraries have been altered for the port timings and Eastern Caribbean sailings changed due to islands being damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma.

Carnival Cruise Line has stated the following which is important for guests on affected sailings:

If your travel plans include flight reservations, we ask that you contact your airline to confirm your specific arrangements. We understand that South Florida airports will resume operations starting Tuesday, September 12 and expect some airlines will operate with limited service, depending on the carrier. All guests arriving on Carnival ships tomorrow have been given the option to remain onboard.

Guests who sail on shortened cruises will receive a pro-rated refund of their cruise fare. Additionally, anyone who pre-purchased our beverage packages will also receive a pro-rated adjustment. These refunds will be to the original form of payment. Pre-purchased Carnival Adventures for cancelled ports, as well as any taxes, fees and port expenses will be refunded to your onboard Sail & Sign account. Gratuities will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened duration. Alternatively, guests may cancel and receive a future cruise credit. You do not need to call us as this will be processed automatically.

For all canceled cruises, a full refund will be automatically processed, including Fly2Fun reservations, pre-purchased Carnival Adventures, Fun Shop purchases and beverage packages. The refund will be processed to your original form of payment.

We sincerely apologize for the disruption Hurricane Irma has caused to your vacation plans and we look forward to welcoming our guests on board.

Please join us in keeping our Caribbean and Floridian friends, Carnival employees and those communities impacted by Hurricane Irma, in our thoughts and prayers.

Not just Carnival but many cruise lines have been impacted by Hurricane Irma and it is going to be a while to get things back on track. Cruise lines are also helping with supplies and assistance for hard hit Caribbean islands.