“We are pleased to be partnering with FEMA on this charter in support of the ongoing relief efforts in the Caribbean”, the cruise line said in statement.
Carnival Fascination which is operated by Carnival Cruise Line will be used by FEMA to help with Hurricane recovery efforts. St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was one of several Caribbean islands severely hit by Hurricane Irma last month.
Carnival finalized the agreement on October 11, 2017, and the ship will service FEMA from October 15, 2017, to February 3, 2018. Guests on these cancelled voyages will receive a full refund, along with a future cruise discount.
As earlier reported, Royal Caribbean International’s Adventure of the Seas resumed homeport operations from San Juan Oct. 7, with some itinerary changes.
The news comes at a time when FEMA is also chartering another cruise ship-Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s Grand Celebration-according to Cruise Industry News.
Passengers are being notified and refunds will be processed within three weeks.
As a result of the charter, Carnival has canceled cruises that were scheduled to operate on Carnival Fascination, which is normally homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In a Facebook post, brand ambassador John Heald said the line has been in contact with airlines “to request their cooperation in waiving change fees, and will also be working with our guests on non-refundable airline change fees”. It is now housing the National Guard in St. Thomas before it returns to cruise service on December 23, 2017.