Carnival Cruise Line's statement

"Revising an itinerary is not a decision we ever make lightly and our actions on March 10 last year were always about keeping our guests and crew safe in very difficult circumstances while delivering the best cruise possible. We considered every alternative to deliver a South Pacific itinerary. Carnival Spirit was heading north when the decision to change course was made in the late evening when no better alternative could be found. We certainly appreciate our guests' disappointment -- we couldn't have been more disappointed ourselves that the cruise itinerary was affected so dramatically. "

Jennifer Vandekreeke

Vice President Australia

Carnival Cruise Line