Carnival Extends Pause in Operations until May 11th

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Carnival announced plans to extend its pause in operations until May 11.

This voluntary cessation was made to support the efforts by public officials to manage COVID-19’s impact on global health and commerce.

The Carnival Sunshine will remain at Columbus Street Terminal for the duration.

Carnival will continue its practice of taking daily temperatures for all crew, encouraging social distancing, and keeping all ship crew on board, except in the event of a medical emergency, which would be coordinated with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and local authorities. The crew have been on board for more than 14 days and remain healthy.

Over the coming weeks, should Carnival disembark crew members so they can return home, that will be done in coordination with authorities and with the cruise line providing transportation from the ship directly to a designated airport.

Carnival communicated they would periodically sail the Sunshine out of the harbor for the lawful disposal of gray water and to take on water for their needs. The vessel last sailed offshore Sunday, March 29.

S.C. Ports continues to work with federal agencies and our cruise line partners in support of the Charleston community. We will continue to share any updates with the community.