Carnival Fascination which is operated by Carnival Cruise Line will be used by FEMA to help with Hurricane recovery efforts.
The Fantasy-class cruise ship has been chartered by The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to house Hurricane relief workers in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a result, the cruise line has canceled all sailings until February 18th, 2018.
Carnival Cruise Line stated:
We recognize how important vacations are and we sincerely apologize for the disruption this late change in plans has caused our guests and travel partners. We value your trust in us and hope you understand that this decision was made after careful consideration of the great need to support the recovery efforts in the region.
Guests on cancelled sailings will be notified by Carnival or their travel professional.
Carnival Fascination sailings from October 15, 2018, through January 28, 2018, will no longer take place. The ship will make a return to its homeport of San Juan, Puerto Rico in February 2018. We did previously report the ship would resume sailings from San Juan this Sunday but since then FEMA had asked Carnival for support.
The U.S Virgin Islands has been devastated by Hurricane Irma and again by Hurricane Maria in September. The powerful category 5 storms impacted so many residents and cruise lines have been involved in helping with recovery efforts.