Cruise passengers will not be able to book a trip out of the Port of Mobile until at least March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnival Cruise Line announced Wednesday morning.
In a statement posted to the company’s website, Carnival confirmed it would not resume operations until 2021, with many U.S. embarkments delayed until Jan. 1. For several cities, like New Orleans, Charleston and Mobile, the delay would go through Feb. 28.
“We are committed to meeting the CDC requirements and keeping our guests and business partners informed of our progress,” Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy said in the statement. “The entire Carnival team appreciates the great support of our guests, travel advisors and business partners, and local officials in our home ports and destinations.”
For Mobile that means the sting of lost revenue will last a bit longer. The city generates about $6 million in revenue from a cruise ship each year, spokesman Jason Johnson confirmed in an email.
“At this point, the Carnival Sensation is still expected to be cruising out of Mobile in the spring,” Johnson wrote.
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