Carnival Cruise Lines is officially onboard for a return to Cozumel -- the line has announced that it will resume port calls with a day-long visit by Carnival Triumph on November 14, the first day the island will welcome cruise passengers since Hurricane Wilma came ashore in October.
Carnival Triumph is one of five ships that will return to the Mexican isle in 2005; Carnival Conquest, Carnival Miracle and Carnival Glory and Inspiration are also going back. However, some ships that were originally scheduled to call at Cozumel are not returning immediately. Calica, Costa Maya, Progreso and Veracruz are replacing Cozumel until the end of the year onboard Fascination, Imaginaton, Elation, Carnival Valor, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Victory, and on select voyages of Carnival Glory and Inspiration.
As previously reported here on Cruise Critic, Cozumel's three piers are in need of repair or replacing, and cruise ships will tender passengers to the San Miguel ferry pier until further notice. In a statement, Carnival states that the majority of previously offered shore excursions will operate as scheduled.
A decision has not yet been made on itineraries beyond January 1, 2006.
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Carnival Returns to Cozumel Monday
November 10, 2005