Through its official media, the cruise line Carnival, which usually docks some of its vessels at the port of Ensenada in Baja California, announced this Wednesday the extension of its operations in the United States until March 2021.
At the same time, it notified cancellations of additional cruises as well as selected ships and base port operations related to itineraries and dry dock work. Some of the cruise ships will remain canceled even until the end of 2021, as indicated on their Twitter account.
"Guests and travel agents who have booked will be notified directly of the cancellations and their options for a generous future cruise credit and onboard credit package, or a full refund," the company said in a statement.
"We are sorry to disappoint our guests, as we can see from our booking activity that there is clearly a pent-up demand for cruises at Carnival. We appreciate your patience and support as we continue to work on our plans to resume operations in 2021 with a phased and gradual approach," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
For his part, given the continued suspension of cruise ships to the port of Ensenada, the president of this municipality said that strategies will be strengthened to attract more tourists by land. The mayor reminded that the port of Ensenada has been closed to cruise ships since March 14, 2020, due to the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since March 2020, it is estimated that about 215 tourist cruise ship arrivals have been cancelled, which left an economic downturn of 41 million dollars, only derived from the average expense of the tourists, plus the expense of the crew and docking fees.
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