Carnival Corporation (the world's largest cruise shipowner) announced that it expected to return more than 50% of its fleet capacity to passenger cruise operations by the end of October 2021, representing a major milestone for the company’s plans to restart service with ~65% of its capacity to commence the New Year.
Currently, 8 of the Corporation's 9 cruise line brands (AIDA, CCL-Carnival, Costa, Cunard, HAL-Holland America, Princess, P&O UK, Seabourn) have restarted passenger shipping. By the end of October 2021, those 8 brands have announced they'll be operating 42 liners, marking the return of more than 50% of the global fleet, as part of the overall restart efforts around the globe.
Additional brand updates on the resumption of passenger cruise operations will be forthcoming in the next weeks, including details on cruise ships and itineraries.
Collectively, the Carnival Corporation’s brands are resuming operations via a gradual, phased-in approach, with cruises from major global ports in multiple regions, including the United States, Caribbean, Mexico, Western Europe, United Kingdom, and the Mediterranean.
The voyages operate with enhanced protocols developed in conjunction with health and government authorities and informed by guidance from Carnival’s public health, epidemiological and policy experts. This includes operating vaccinated voyages with updated testing and masking policies that follow the latest guidance while creating extraordinary cruise vacation experiences that continue to generate high passenger satisfaction scores.