Now that Carnival Cruise Line has resumed operations after 16 months of being hold, this is the place to keep track of which Carnival cruise ships have restarted. There will be protocols in place, and the details may differ depending on where each ship is sailing from.
11 Carnival Cruise Ships Currently Sailing
As the cruise industry makes a comeback, things will be moving fast as more and more Carnival cruise ships resume operations through the remainder of 2021. We’re going to keep you updated and let you know what cruise ships are sailing now and bringing back the fun from various homeports around the United States.
So far, cruises have restarted with eleven ships with Carnival Vista out of Galveston, Carnival Horizon out of Miami, and Carnival Breeze became the third on July 15 out of Galveston. Carnival Miracle became the fourth to resume and the first in the fleet to begin Alsaka sailings from Seattle.
Mardi Gras finally commenced sailings on July 31 out of Port Canaveral, Florida, rounding out the July ships that restarted. In August, the first ship to restart was the Carnival Magic, the second to resume out of Port Canaveral. Carnival Sunrise became the second to begin sailings out of Miami on August 14. On August 21, Carnival Panorama became the first cruise ship to restart sailings from California.
“Having half of our U.S. fleet back in operations provides positive economic impact in our homeports and port of call destinations, along with giving our guests their much-needed vacations and helping our crew support their families back home,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We couldn’t have accomplished this without the support of our travel advisor partners, business partners and port and destinations partners.”
Carnival Pride became the first ship in the fleet to resume in September and the first to restart out of Baltimore, Maryland. On September 19, it was a double restart for the cruise line with Carnival Glory resuming from New Orleans and Carnival Dream resuming from Galveston.
In This Article…
- 11 Carnival Cruise Ships Currently Sailing
- Carnival Dream From Galveston
- Carnival Glory From New Orleans
- Carnival Pride From Baltimore
- Carnival Panorama From Long Beach
- Carnival Sunrise From Miami
- Carnival Magic From Port Canaveral
- Mardi Gras From Port Canaveral
- Carnival Miracle From Seattle
- Carnival Breeze From Galveston
- Carnival Horizon From Miami
- Carnival Vista From Galveston
- Carnival Ships Currently on Hold
Carnival Dream From Galveston
The Port of Galveston is leading the restart of operations with Carnival Dream now becoming the third Carnival cruise ship to resume operations. The vessel departed on September 19 on its first cruise with guests in 18 months.
After a “Back to Fun” ribbon-cutting ceremony, the first guests were welcomes on board and the ship departed on a six-day Western Caribbean Caribbean cruise including calls at Costa Maya in Mexico, Belize and Cozumel, and Mexico. A range of itineraries to the Caribbean and the Bahamas will continue through the remainder of the year.
Carnival Dream joined Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze, which have already resumed operations from Galveston.
- Resumed Cruises: September 19, 2021
- Homeport: Galveston, Texas
- First Cruise Back: 6-Day Western Caribbean Cruise
Carnival Glory From New Orleans
After the two initial sailings were cancelled due to the impact of Hurricane Ida on the city of New Orleans, Carnival Glory finally became the first cruise ship to resume from the city on September 19.
A “Back to Fun” event was held in the terminal before the first guests stepped onboard the newly refurbished vessel. Carnival Glory is among the earliest to receive the cruise line’s new red, white a blue livery, which is gradually rolling out across the fleet.
The Conquest-class vessel departed on a week-long Western Caribbean cruise including calls at Mahogany Bay in Islan Roatan, Honduras, Belize, and Cozumel in Mexico. The ship is returning back to New Orleans on September 26. On November 1, sister ship Carnival Valor will also join by offering cruises from the city.
Carnival Cruise Line expects to carry 400,000 passengers annually from the port which is more than any other operator. Between both ships, they will offer six-, seven and eight-day sailings to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Mexico. There will also be shorter four- and five-day cruises along with a 14-day Carnival Journeys cruise.
- Resumed Cruises: September 19, 2021
- Homeport: New Orleans, Louisiana
- First Cruise Back: 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise
Carnival Pride From Baltimore
Carnival Pride became the ninth Carnival cruise ship to resume operations on September 12 and the first to restart out of Baltimore, Maryland. The spirit-class vessel brought back the fun to the city with a ribbon-cutting ceremony which was attended by Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy.
The ship departed on a seven-day itinerary from the Cruise Maryland Terminal in Locust Point to the Bahamas. The first voyage included calls at Half Moon Cay, Bimini, and Freeport, all in the Bahamas.
Carnival Pride won’t remain sailing from Baltimore for too long as sister ship Carnival Legend will take over in November. Carnival Pride will then shift to restart operations out of Tampa, Florida.
From Baltimore, the cruise line is offering six-and seven-day cruises to Bermuda and the Bahamas, eight-day voyages to Canada/New England and to the Caribbean. There will also be a 14-day Carnival Journeys sailing to the Panama Canal and the Souther Caribbean along with a Carnival Sailabration cruise in March 2022 to celebrated Carnival’s 50th birthday.
- Resumed Cruises: September 12, 2021
- Homeport: Baltimore, Maryland
- First Cruise Back: 7-Day Bahamas Cruise
Carnival Panorama From Long Beach
Carnival Panorama became the eighth Carnival cruise ship to resume operations and the first to restart sailings from California on the U.S. West Coast. Following a “Back to Fun” ribbon-cutting ceremony in the terminal and welcoming guests onboard, the third-Vista class vessel departed the Long Beach cruise terminal at around 4:30 PM on August 21, 2021.
The first cruise was a seven-day itinerary including calls at Puerta Vallarta, Mazatlan, and Cabo San Lucas, all in the Mexican Riviera. It’s the first time any cruise ship has returned to the ports since the cruise industry shutdown in March 2020.
Carnival Panorama will continue to offer sailings from Long beach year-round and will be joined by the Carnival Miracle in fall 2021. The Carnival Panorama cruise ship is among the newest in the fleet at 133,500 gross tons and a guest capacity of 4,008 at double occupancy. However, the vessel is only sailing at 70% capacity, following the CDC guidelines.
- Resumed Cruises: August 21, 2021
- Homeport: Long Beach, California
- First Cruise Back: 7-Day Mexican Riviera Cruise
Carnival Sunrise From Miami
Carnival Sunrise became the seventh ship in the fleet to restart operations and it comes after the Sunshine-class vessel has remained on hold for more than 17 months. The ship departed out of Miami, Florida on Saturday, August 14, and is also the second Carnival cruise ship to begin sailings from PortMiami, the cruise capital of the world.
The first cruise back is a five-day Western Caribbean and Bahamas itinerary that includes a call to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, marking the first cruise ship to return to the Caribbean islands since it closed to cruises in 2020. Bimini in the Bahamas is the second port of call with the vessel then arriving back home on August 19.
Carnival Sunrise will continue to offer four- and five-day Caribbean cruises for the remainder of 2021.
- Resumed Cruises: August 14, 2021
- Homeport: Miami, Florida
- First Cruise Back: 5-Day Caribbean and Bahamas Cruise
Carnival Magic From Port Canaveral
Carnival Magic became the sixth ship in the fleet to restart operations, and it comes after the vessel has remained on pause for 17 months. The ship departed on August 7 from Port Canaveral, Florida, on a five-day sailing including calls to the cruise line’s private island of Half Moon Cay, the popular port of Nassau, and the stunning destination of Bimini, all located in the Bahamas.
The Dream-class vessel will continue to offer sailings to the Bahamas and the Caribbean well into 2022. The ship will have Carnival’s Have Fun. Be Safe protocols in place to make sure everyone on board remains safe.
Carnival Magic is one of the most recently updated ships in the fleet and the first to receive the new red, white and blue livery during dry dock. The ship is all fresh and features a new non-smoking casino that has replaced the conference room.
- Resumed Cruises: August 7, 2021
- Homeport: Port Canaveral, Florida
- First Cruise Back: 5-Day Bahamas Cruise
Mardi Gras From Port Canaveral
On July 31, Mardi Gras became the fifth ship in the fleet to begin sailings and the first to resume out of Port Canaveral in Florida. It was also the first pre-inaugural voyage for the new Carnival cruise ship after a long-awaited debut for nearly one year.
The ship, which is the first in the fleet powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), departed the new Cruise Terminal 3 at 6:00 PM on a seven-day Eastern Caribbean cruise including three sea days and calls in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic and Nassau in the Bahamas.
The ship is offering week-long Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises departing every Saturday. The Western itinerary includes three days at sea and vitis to Cozumel, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico and Mahogany Bay at Isla Roatan, Honduras.
Mardi Gras is the most anticipated new cruise ship of 2021 and features the first roller coaster at sea. She’s got tons of new venues and experiences compared to other ships in the fleet. The vessel is 180,800 gross tons with a guest capacity of 5,282 at double occupancy, along with 1,735 crew members.
- Resumed Cruises: July 31, 2021
- Homeport: Port Canaveral, Florida
- First Cruise Back: 7-Day Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Miracle From Seattle
On July 27, Carnival Miracle became the fourth in the fleet to restart operations and the first in the fleet to begin cruises in Alaska. The Spirit-class vessel departed the Port of Seattle on July 27 at approximately 4:00 PM to bring back the fun to the U.S. west coast.
The ship is now sailing seven-day cruises in Alaska, including a call at Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan, along with the stunning views of Tracy Arm Fjord. The offerings out of Seattle will continue into the middle of October 2021.
- Resumed Cruises: July 27, 2021
- Homeport: Port of Seattle, Washington
- First Cruise Back: 7-Day Alaska Cruise
Carnival Breeze From Galveston
Carnival Breeze became the third ship in the fleet to resume sailings and the second out of Galveston, Texas. She departed from the Port of Galveston on July 17, bringing back the fun to guests who have been waiting more than 16 months to enjoy a cruise vacation with Carnival.
On her first voyage back in service, Carnival Breeze is sailing a four-day itinerary which includes a visit to Cozumel, Mexico. The ship will also be sailing a five-day voyage departing on Mondays and Saturdays, including a call to Cozumel, Costa Maya, or Progresso, all in Mexico.
The ship is sailing with fully vaccinated passengers and crew on board. However, there is an exemption that guests can request if they are ineligible for the vaccine. There are more strict protocols in place for these guests, including travel insurance and the cost of a test.
- Resumed Cruises: July 17, 2021
- Homeport: Port of Galveston, Texas
- First Cruise Back: 4-Day Western Caribbean
Carnival Horizon From Miami
Carnival Horizon became the second ship in the fleet to restart cruises operations and the first to resume from PortMiami, Florida. Just like her sister ship, the fun returned with a ribbon-cutting ceremony which wasn’t just attended by the cruise line’s president but also brand ambassador John Heald.
Heald had originally been denied to fly to the US to join the ship, but thankfully for the hundreds that booked the Carnival Horizon because he would be on there, that was resolved.
The vessel departed PortMiami on July 4 and became the first ship in the fleet to begin cruises from the cruise capital of the world. Carnival Horizon’s first sailing back is a six-day Eastern Caribbean itinerary including visits to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic and the cruise line’s private island of Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.
There was originally scheduled to be a call in Bimini, but that was canceled due to a curfew implemented on the island.
- Resumed Cruises: July 4, 2021
- Homeport: PortMiami, Florida
- First Cruise Back: 6-Day Bahamas and Eastern Caribbean
Carnival Vista From Galveston
Carnival Vista became the first ship in the fleet to resume operations after more than 15 months on hold. The long-awaited day finally arrived on July 3 when the Carnival cruise ship departed from the Port of Galveston in Texas at around 4:00 PM. The cruises included stops at Mahogany Bay (Isla Roatan), Cozumel, and Belize City.
The ship sailed with 2,960 guests, with 888 of those first-time cruisers with Carnival. There was a “Back to Fun” ribbon-cutting ceremony which Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy attended.
- Resumed Cruises: July 3, 2021
- Homeport: Port of Galveston, Texas
- First Cruise Back: 7-Day Western Caribbean
Carnival Ships Currently on Hold
At the moment, there are 16 Carnival cruise ships on hold, and some of them are preparing to resume operations in the coming weeks. Carnival Radiance is not on hold as the ship is undergoing a major transformation in Cadiz, Spain, and will debut later in the year. Carnival Cruise Line has already said that the entire fleet is expected to be nack sailing by the end of the year.
- Carnival Conquest – Resuming October 8, 2021
- Carnival Ecstasy – TBA
- Carnival Elation – Resuming October 11, 2021
- Carnival Freedom – Resuming October 9, 2021
- Carnival Legend – TBA
- Carnival Liberty – TBA
- Carnival Paradise – TBA
- Carnival Sensation – Resuming October 21, 2021
- Carnival Spirit – TBA
- Carnival Splendor – TBA
- Carnival Valor – TBA