Carnival Cruise Line is preparing to restart operations for 2021 and now a second ship has arrived in Miami, Florida today to do just that. A lot needs to be done to make sure the resumption of cruises can be done safely and follows the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) requirements.
Carnival Breeze Arrives in Miami
Carnival Breeze has become the second ship in the fleet to return to Miami, Florida, to begin preparing for cruise operations. The Dream-class ship has spent some time being anchored in the Bahamas and the past week, docked in Freeport, Bahamas.
On Monday, December 7, the vessel made her way toward the Florida coast. The ship spent more than an hour just off the coast of Miami and around 4:00 PM made her way into PortMiami, the cruise capital of the world. She joins Carnival Horizon which is already docked at the cruise terminal after arriving towards the end of November to also prepare for the resumption of cruise operations.
Preparing for Cruises
Carnival Breeze was set to arrive back in Florida last week, but now she’s finally back, and the preparations shall begin. A lot needs to be done before cruises start in March 2021, and that includes implementing new health protocols, getting all the crew back to the ship, training crew on new health measures, trial sailings, and a lot more.
No doubt some technical work will be done too as the vessel has been on hold for so long. It will be a nice sight for the Miami skyline which was always filled with cruise ships coming and going before the suspension of operations first started in March 2020.
The ship will need to meet the requirements from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) before being able to resume cruises. The cruise line needs to have a response plan when it comes to the crew members and the framework on the Conditional Sailing Order. Carnival Horizon did not meet CDC approval as the ship was not marked green as we reported here. The list will be updated soon with the Carnival Breeze.
When is Carnival Breeze Cruising Again?
Cruise Hive checked when each Carnival cruise ship would resume sailings in March 2021. Even though things could still change and the cruise line is planning a phased-in return from a limited number of homeports, the Carnival Breeze is set to sail in March.
The vessel is currently scheduled to resume operations with a 6-day Eastern Caribbean cruise departing March 7 out of Port Canaveral, Florida. The ship is set to call at Nassau, Amber Cove, and Grand Turk.
Hopefully, Carnival Breeze will still be able to sail in March and that the cruise line doesn’t suspend operations for even longer. It is looking likely that the latest round of suspensions from the major cruise lines will be the last. With vaccines also rolling out by then it should provide further confidence for the cruise industry.
Carnival Breeze is 130,000 gross tons and has a guest capacity of 3,690 at double occupancy. It’s likely the ship won’t be at full capacity once cruises resume. She’s part of the Dream-class which also includes Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic.
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