Sad news for all you folks who love going on cruises. Carnival cruise lines has announced they have extended the pause of ships sailing from US ports until the end of May as of now.

For us in Southwest Louisiana, that means the ports of Galveston and New Orleans will not see sailings until June at the earliest. In our area, we are a hot spot for people who go on cruises because the ports are so accessible and close to where we live. You can get to Galveston port in about two and a half hours or the New Orleans ports in about three hours.

Plus, a lot of local artists do theme cruises and perform private concerts onboard the ships. Gator 99.5 has personally done a few of these themed cruises with Wayne Toups, Keith Frank, and Brad Brinkley, to name a few.

There has not been a cruise sail since the pandemic began in March of 2020. Carnival already postponed cruises back in January and extended the dates to April, but now they are suspending it again through May.  The CDC recommendations are the catalyst for the decisions the cruise line makes to not sail their ships for safety reasons for passengers and their employees.

Now for our area, the Port of New Orleans sails two Carnival ships with the Valor and Glory. Carnival announced the Valor won't sail until at least November 2021, as they have dry docked the ship for renovations.

So cruise goers, it now looks like at least June before you may be able to step on a ship and go on vacation, but I wouldn't hold your breath. We hope to see them sail soon, but we will have to watch and see.

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Carnival Pauses All Cruises in the Us Until June at the Earliest