Carnival Fascination to Exclusively Aid FEMA for 4 Months

Carnival Fascination to Exclusively Aid FEMA for 4 Months

Starting Sunday, a Carnival Cruise Line ship will serve as the new home for relief workers in St. Croix.

Carnival Cruise Line is responding to a request for proposal from the U.S government by chartering its Carnival Fascination to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for four months. In order to facilitate the charter, the line had to cancel its regularly scheduled cruises from San Juan, Puerto Rico during this time. Numerous crew of the 2,056-passenger Fascination will remain on board during the charter period, while others will be shifted to other vessels or offered early vacation, Carnival said.

Guests booked on one of the cancelled cruises will receive a refund in full and a 100% cruise credit for any future Carnival cruise if rebooked by mid-November.

Carnival Cruise Line's history is deeply linked to the Caribbean and our ships have been sailing within the region for more than 45 years.

Passengers are being notified and refunds will be processed within three weeks.

"We recognize how important vacations are, and we sincerely apologize for the disruption this late change in plans has caused our guests and travel partners", a Carnival advisory said.

Carnival Cruise Line, which recently announced it would resume San Juan cruises on Carnival Fascination in a few days, has been forced to scrap the plans.

Carnival also modified Caribbean itineraries on a variety of ships through December 31 that substitute new ports of call for visits that had been scheduled for St. Maarten and St. Thomas.