I am heading out on a cruise on March 14 on the Carnival Freedom from Galveston, TX, and I don’t have concerns about coronavirus (COVID-19).
However, many folks are worked into a frenzy with the media reporting on coronavirus (COVID-19).
Just a few days ago the Fox TV affiliate in Austin (where I live) reported, “Coronavirus outbreak changes the course for Galveston-based cruise“.
That did have me concerned because I inferred from the headline that there was an outbreak on the ship.
There wasn’t. They made an itinerary change due to issues with some porta not receiving cruise ships.
Carnival stated that they are following all U.S. CDC and World Health Organization screening protocols and guidelines and that there was not an outbreak or any person testing positive for Coronavirus / COVID-19 on the ship.
Anyhow, this sort of “news” has people worked up and some have been inquiring with Carnival about rescheduling their planned cruises.
So I was happy to find out that Carnival is being flexible with postponements for guests who booked to sail between now and May 31.
And for those who plan to sail on their scheduled cruises, they will receive OBC (on-board credit) per the following breakdown:
- $100 per cabin for 3 and 4-day cruises
- $150 per cabin for 5-day cruises
- $200 per cabin for any sailing 6 days and longer
Guests who are still sailing on their booked dates do not need to take any action – the credit will automatically be applied to their account.