Carnival spirit in Sydney

Following on from news that Royal Caribbean and P&O Australia have announced their intent to use empty cruise ships to get crew members home.

Carnival Cruise Line has just released plans to sail the Carnival Spirit and Carnival Splendor north and away from Australian waters to allow crew member to get home via port stops in Bali, Jakarta, Manila, Cebu and Davao.

The plan is for both the Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit to leave Australian waters on Sunday, April 12. Both ships have received approval from Australian authorities to refuel and execute crew movements beginning Saturday, April 11.

Carnival Spirit to set sail to Manila

The Carnival Spirit will sail onto Manila, Philippines with crew from both the Spirit and Splendor via a crew swap to take place using the ships tender boats.

The ship will have stops in Manila, Cebu and Davao. Whilst in Manila, the Spirit will also pick up other crew members already there to allow them to travel on to its last 2 ports of Cebu and Davao.

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Carnival Splendor to Sail to Indonesia

The Carnival Splendor will take on all crew members who were unable to sign off due to flight availability as well as the Indonesian crew from the Carnival Spirit.

Carnival Splendor will set sail to Bali and Jakarta where all Indonesian nationals will disembark. Carnival is also looking at flight options from both Bali and Jakarta to fly crew members from Europe and North America back home.

Other Cruise News:

Carnival to continue its Operational Pause through April and now May
Cunard Line Extends Suspension of Voyages Until May 2020
P&O Cruises Extends its Voluntary Pause in Australian Operations
Royal Caribbean Extends Global Suspension of Cruising

Carnival shore side representatives are also looking at ways to expatriate Indian crew members whilst both ships are in the region, how ever India is currently closed to any inbound travel. If the cruise line received notification of assistance then onward travel for Indian crew members will be sort.

At this point both ships have a full clean bill of health and want to remain that way. All crew members currently have single cabin accommodation allowing for social distancing measures to take place.