Carnival Spirit in Dubai

Carnival Australia, the down under operations of Carnival Cruise Line based in Miami, Florida as once again further extended its pause in cruising until at least December 2021.

In an almost missed and forgotten part of the Carnival Australia website. It was updated in the past 24 hours to include the somewhat expected news of a further extension in the already delayed return to cruising.

If you’re reading this from anywhere other than Australia, it will be a surprise to realize no ships are even close to returning to service in Australian waters.

As quoted from the rather limited release from Carnival Australia it goes onto say ” As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we are sorry to share the news that Carnival Cruise Line is pausing operations for selected Australian sailings departing from 15 March 2020 through to and including 16 December 2021

Carnival Spirit & Splendor docked in Dubai at the present time.

Cruise Industry Health & Safety Guidance

CLIA Australasia, in partnership with Carnival Australia and other CLIA cruise line members, is engaged with governments and health authorities at federal, state and territory levels to inform them of the work cruise lines are doing internationally, and discussing a pathway towards the resumption of cruising in Australia.

CLIA has put forth to the U.S Centers for Disease Control (CDC) an industry-wide restart plan for cruising from U.S. homeports. The restart plan incorporates input from Carnival Corporation and our individual brands, along with fellow members of CLIA.

Some of the elements you can expect are the following:

  • 100% testing of all guests and team members
  • Policies with regard to wearing masks by all guests and team members, in designated venues and environments on board the ship and during shore excursions
  • Enhanced medical staffing, facilities, equipment, onboard testing capabilities and quarantine/isolation resources
  • Shore excursions limited to only those providers who can uphold our own protocols and denied boarding to guests who fail to abide by shore excursion protocols.


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At this stage with no ships either based or sailing out of Australian waters, none of these guidelines have been implemented. put simply their only guidelines put forward to local authorities.