Carnival Cruise Line company scheduled to sail onboard the road’s flagship, Mardi Gras, have been notified of a port of name change, with 21 totally different sailings impacted.
A few of these sailings are greater than a 12 months away, however the port swap is identical for every affected cruise.
Mardi Gras Itinerary Adjustments
For the affected voyages, Mardi Gras will not be visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico. As an alternative, the ship will name on Nassau, The Bahamas.
Visitors booked on the impacted sailings had been notified of the change by way of electronic mail on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, no matter when their cruise was deliberate.
“As we proceed to refine our operational plans on your cruise, we now have changed our name to San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a go to to Nassau, The Bahamas,” the e-mail learn. “Thanks on your understanding. We look ahead to welcoming you aboard for a FUN and memorable cruise.”
A complete of 21 Mardi Gras sailings are impacted by this modification, together with the next departure dates:
- 2022 Departures: 12/31
- 2023 Departures: 1/21, 2/11, 2/25, 3/18, 4/8, 4/22, 6/3, 7/29, 9/23, 10/7, 10/28, 11/18, 12/2, 12/23
- 2024 Departures: 1/13, 1/27, 2/17, 3/9, 3/23, 4/13
Every of those sailings are 7-night Japanese Caribbean itineraries. These are usually not the one Japanese Caribbean cruises Mardi Gras is crusing, nonetheless, however different departure dates haven’t but been affected. The remaining Japanese Caribbean sailings nonetheless embody San Juan on the itinerary.
In February, Carnival Cruise Line made a comparable transfer to swap Mardi Gras‘ San Juan calls with Nassau, and this newest change seems to be a continuation of that adjustment.
Excursions to Be Refunded
No additional particulars in regards to the port swap have been mentioned, together with whether or not or not the time in port might be affected.
The 181,808-gross-ton ship was anticipated to be in San Juan from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the impacted cruises, bringing 5,282 company (double occupancy) or as many as 6,500 company (totally booked) to go to the island every time.
Pre-booked shore excursions already deliberate for San Juan might be canceled robotically, and refunds might be processed again to company’ unique type of cost.
What “Operational Plans” Might Imply
Whereas Carnival Cruise Line has not clarified what “operational plans” are being refined which have resulted in so many itineraries dropping San Juan as port of name, there are a number of doable choices.
It could be that different cruise ships scheduled for San Juan on the time could make the port extra crowded than desired to offer the very best visitor expertise, or applicable berths could also be unavailable.
It is usually doable that different port operations or pier development in San Juan might be impacting the power for the Excel-class vessel, the largest in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet, to dock as desired on the affected dates.
It isn’t uncommon for cruise strains to alter deliberate itineraries, even nicely prematurely, as ongoing fleet deployments, dry dock and upkeep schedules, and pier availability could change.
Whereas such adjustments could be disappointing for company who had been anticipating particular ports of name, offering discover nicely prematurely does allow a while for vacationers to regulate their plans or shift their cruises to totally different itineraries if most well-liked.
Cruise strains are usually not obligated to supply compensation, both as refunds, onboard credit score, or different bonuses, when ports of name are modified.
Mardi Gras first referred to as on San Juan on August 3, 2021. This was a part of the ship’s maiden voyage and her first ever port of name, in addition to the primary time a ship introduced passengers to the island in 17 months, signally the official post-pandemic restart of cruising to Puerto Rico.