The cruise industry continues to make a comeback. This is good news not only for travelers and investors, but also for many local economies hit hard by the industry shutdown in the wake of the pandemic.
On Monday, Carnival Cruise Line announced that it now has 11 ships, half of its US fleet, back operational, operating from seven US home ports: Miami, Galveston, Seattle, Port Canaveral, Long Beach , Baltimore and New Orleans. Today, its parent company Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE / LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), the world’s largest cruise line, announced that it plans to return more than 50% of its total capacity. fleet in cruise operations by the end of October, representing an important step on the way to its plans at the start of the year with nearly 65% of its fleet capacity in service.
To date, eight of the company’s nine cruise lines — Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard — have resumed their cruises. At the end of October, those eight brands announced that they would operate 42 vessels, marking the return of more than 50% of the capacity of the company’s global fleet, as part of the global restart efforts across the globe.
Collectively, the company’s brands are resuming operations using a phased and phased approach, with departures from major global ports in several regions of the world, including the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, the Western Europe and the Mediterranean, among others. Cruises operate with enhanced protocols developed in collaboration with government and health authorities, and informed by advice from experts in public health, epidemiology, and company policy. This includes operating vaccinated cruises with updated test and masking policies that follow the latest guidelines, while creating vacation experiences that continue to generate high guest satisfaction scores.
“Based on our initial restart of guest cruise operations across eight brands, it is clear from our customers that there is tremendous confidence in our brands, our health and safety protocols, and the return from cruise as one of the most popular vacations in the world, ”said Roger Frizzell, director of communications for Carnival Corporation. “As the cruise restart continues to gain momentum and create positive economic activity for the people who depend on our industry for a living, we look forward to serving our customers with more than half the capacity. from our fleet back in October, while providing an excellent customer experience and serving the best interests of public health. Our highest responsibility and top priority remains compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, our staff on board and ashore, and the communities we visit. “
The following summarizes Carnival Corporation’s brand restart announcements to date, including those that contributed to the 50% milestone in October, as well as plans for additional ship restarts as part of the overall goal of the company to return nearly 65% of the capacity by December 31, 2021.
NORTH AMERICAN BRANDS:
- Carnival Cruise Line plans to sail 13 ships in October and a total of 17 ships by the end of the year.
- Princess Cruises plans to sail six ships in October, with a total of eight ships in service by the end of the year.
- Holland America Line plans to have four vessels in service in October, with a total of six vessels in service by the end of the year. In addition, the brand has announced its intention to commission all 11 vessels in its fleet by spring 2022.
- Seabourn plans to operate its full fleet by spring 2022, including a new expedition vessel with its first navigation in April 2022, for a total of six vessels in service next year.
- Costa Cruises plans to have five ships in service in October, with a total of six ships in service by the end of the year.
- AIDA Cruises plans to have eight vessels in service in October, with a total of 10 vessels in service by the end of the year.
- P&O Cruises (UK) plans to have three vessels in service in October, with a total of four vessels in service by the end of the year. In addition, the brand has announced its intention to operate its entire fleet by spring 2022.
- Cunard plans to put two of the three ships in its fleet into service by the end of the year. In addition, the brand has announced its intention to resume operations with its remaining vessel in spring 2022.