Carnival Cruise Line is in talks with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and “working to” restart shipping in July, cruise line president Christine Duffy said yesterday in an interview with NBC Nightly News presenter, Lester Holt.
Duffy said the CDC âcame back to the table with us, and in early spring, I think, seriously with us and with other internal groups, to really clarify the guidelines and protocols that will be needed. to leave American ports.
Meanwhile, outside the United States, seven other Carnival brands – AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and P&O Cruises (UK) – will resume their cruises from global ports during the next few months. They will use a phased and phased approach, including limited routes that have been announced on 16 initial vessels to date, representing nearly 20% of the company’s global fleet. Initial cruises will take place with adjusted passenger capacity and improved health protocols developed in collaboration with government and health authorities, and informed by advice from experts in public health, epidemiology and company policy.
Three Carnival Corporation brands â P&O Cruises (UK), Cunard and Princess Cruises â will each offer a series of cruises this summer in UK coastal waters, including the inaugural navigation of P&O Cruises’ new flagship, Iona. Cruises will also resume this summer around the Greek Islands with four of the company’s brands: AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn. Additionally, Seabourn has announced plans to restart in the Caribbean with a series of new summer crossings from Barbados.
The recently announced trips build on recent cruise restarts by German brand AIDA Cruises, which resumed sailing in the Canary Islands at the end of March, and its Italian brand Costa Cruises, which restarted in May to ports. Italians.
In addition to dozens of successful crossings from both brands in 2020, according to Carival Corporation, the latest crossings in 2021 from AIDA and Costa have demonstrated the effectiveness of improved health protocols developed in collaboration with local, national and global experts, and generated many guests. satisfaction scores, measured by detailed surveys.
âFor all of our brands, our highest responsibility and top priorities are always compliance, environmental protection and the health, safety and well-being of our guests, our employees on board and ashore, and the communities we visit, âsaid Roger Frizzell, director of communications for Carnival Corporation. “We are delighted that the majority of our major cruise lines are resuming their cruises this summer as we are seeing strong pent-up demand from our former customers and consumers in general to go on a cruise, one of the most popular vacations in the world. . . “
Frizzell added: âThe resumption of our cruises marks a critical step in the recovery of our brands and the industry as a whole, which has a major economic impact and supports employment in several sectors around the world. As our cruise lines gradually resume cruising, we will continue to work as an industry to share important lessons and best practices to ensure that the resumption of cruise operations is done in the best public health interest. “