Carnival Cruise Lines to make decision on whether to extend suspension of operations by Friday

GULFPORT, Miss. (WXXV) — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cruise operations from U.S. ports were suspended for 30 days beginning March 13.

Some cruise lines have already announced they are extending that suspension, but others are still weighing their options.

Carnival Cruise Lines says they have yet to make a decision about whether they will continue to suspend operations.

The cruise line is expected to make an announcement by Friday.

In a Facebook post, Carnival said, “We are aware of the decision by other cruise lines to extend the suspension of operations. We expect a decision by Friday, March 27 to share. We appreciate your patience and advise our guests and travel agent partners to watch their email and check for any updates.”

If the suspension is extended, it is unclear if the Carnival Valor and Carnival Freedom will continue to moor at the Port of Gulfport.

Cruising has a large economic impact. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, the cruise industry annually contributes nearly $53 billion to the U.S. economy.

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