Carnival Corporation to restart more than 50% of fleet capacity by October
The shipping company will resume cruise operations on 42 ships until the end of next month in eight brands
Carnival Corporation & plc, the world's largest cruise company, announced today that it expects to restart more than 50% of its total fleet capacity by the end of October, representing an important milestone for the company's previously announced plans to resuming service with almost 65% of its fleet capacity to start the new year.
To date, eight of the company's nine cruise line brands (Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard) have resumed their voyages from guests. By the end of October, those eight brands have announced that they will operate 42 ships, marking the return of more than 50% of the company's global fleet capacity, as part of general restart efforts around the world. Additional brand updates on the resumption of guest cruise operations will be released in the coming weeks, including details on ships and itineraries.
Together, the corporation's brands are resuming operations using a gradual and phased approach, with departures from major world ports in multiple world regions, including the US, Mexico, the Caribbean, the UK, Europe. Occidental and the Mediterranean, among others. The cruises operate with enhanced protocols developed in conjunction with government and health authorities, and informed by guidance from the company's policy, epidemiology, and public health experts. This includes operating vaccinated cruise ships with up-to-date testing and masking policies that follow the latest guidance, while creating extraordinary 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 to our guests that there is tremendous trust in our brands, our health and safety protocols, and the return of cruise ships as one of the most popular vacations. of the world". said Roger Frizzell, director of communications for Carnival Corporation. "As the cruise restart continues to gain momentum and creates positive economic activity for the people who depend on our industry for a living, we look forward to serving our guests with more than half of our fleet capacity returning in October, while delivering an excellent guest experience and serving the best interests of public health.
The following summarizes Carnival Corporation's brand reboot announcements to date, including those that contributed to the 50% milestone in October, along with plans for additional ship reboots as part of the company's overall goal to return almost 65% of capacity by December 31, 2021.