Shortened Carnival Legend Route and Changed Ports
Carnival Cruise Line informs customers who have booked on Carnival legend On January 9, the departure from Baltimore was shortened. The ship will no longer operate on a Panama route with a change of ports as the voyage now lasts ten days.
Adjusted the route of the carnival legend
On January 9, the Spirit-class cruise ship will depart Baltimore, Maryland was modified. Carnival Cruise Line informed guests booked on January 8 that the ship’s voyage has been shortened and will no longer sail to some of the originally scheduled ports.
Carnival legend was supposed to depart on a 14-day itinerary, but the ship will now make an adjusted 10-day voyage. Stopovers in Panama, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Grand Turk have been discontinued. The ship will return to Baltimore on January 19, 2022, instead of the original January 23 date.
In a letter sent to guests, the cruise line says: âGiven the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID around the world, and with great caution, it will be necessary to modify your cruise itinerary. The trip will now operate as a 10-day cruise returning to Baltimore 4 days earlier on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. â
The ship will now only sail to three ports during the cruise, including the private island of Carnival, Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, St. Maarten and Antigua. There will be a total of six days at sea.
The cruise line continues to say in the letter, âUnfortunately, this also means that we will not be able to operate the Panama Canal route that you have come to expect. We are very sorry for this unexpected change of plans and hope you understand that we are making this decision given our commitment to the safety of our guests, our crew and the communities we visit. â
Carnival Cruise Line did not detail the specific reason for the changed itinerary, but did mention Omicron and that ports could refuse ships despite a small number of COVID cases on board.
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The cruise line says, âWe work closely with local health authorities at all ports on your cruise itinerary. Unfortunately, the rapid spread of the Omicron variant can shape the way they view even a small number of cases, even when managed with our rigorous protocols. We want you to know that local authorities at a destination could limit or prevent the vessel from entering port. “
One possible reason is the limited resources at ports of call and destinations that must focus on managing their COVID situation. The carnival continues with, âSome destinations have limited medical resources and are focused on managing their own local response to the variant. If it is necessary to cancel one or more ports, we will do our best to find alternative destinations. However, if we fail to do so, there will be no compensation for any missed ports, beyond a refund of any pre-purchased carnival shore excursion.
This is a last minute change of itinerary, customers are only notified the day before departure. Likely, many guests have already arrived in Baltimore for their cruise vacation, including hosting pre-cruise testing.
To compensate for the change, Carnival is offering guests an onboard credit of $ 300 per stateroom, in addition to any existing promotional credit that may already be on the account. The cruise line is also offering a 25% future cruise credit to all guests with confirmed reservations.
Carnival has provided a detailed breakdown of what guests will receive due to all port changes and onboard credit as follows:
- You will benefit from a 4-day prorated reduction on the price of your cruise which will be refunded to you according to your original payment method.
- You will receive an onboard credit of $ 245.80, per person, representing an adjustment of taxes, fees and port expenses.
- Prepaid tips and pre-purchased drink and Wi-Fi packages will also be adjusted to reflect the shortened duration and refunded back to the original payment method.
- Pre-purchased Carnival shore excursions for canceled ports will be refunded to your Sail & Sign account.
If customers no longer want to move forward with the Carnival legend while sailing, they can request a full refund in addition to the 25% future cruise credit that is already offered. With the call center experiencing long wait times, the cruise line is asking customers to request a refund using an online form.
This news comes at a fluid time in the cruise industry. Several ships have already been refused in ports and Carnival Cruise Line is actively adapting its protocols and itineraries to ensure fun cruises can continue.
Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line have already suspended operations on some ships, so far Carnival Cruise Line has not taken that route and is continuing with plans to restart.