Residents of Key West can be happy today that Carnival Cruise Lines has dropped service to the town. Key West voters have had it with the pollution created by cruise ships like Carnival’s and voted them out. It’s been so much better since. Fran Golden reports in Cruise Critic:
Carnival Cruise Line notified travel agents this week that it has made changes to itineraries on several ships for September, including eliminating port calls at Key West and Grand Turk.
The cruise line told booked guests in a letter that “destination requirements are continuing to evolve,” necessitating the changes. Instead, Carnival has added a call at the Bahamian island of Bimini.
Carnival did not disclose the exact reasons for the itinerary change.
Key West may be off the list due to its recent efforts at limiting the majority of cruise ship traffic it sees. Pre-pandemic, Carnival was visiting Key West as many as three times a week. Last November city voters overwhelming approved three ballot initiatives to curb cruise traffic.
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