Seven of the company’s leading brands are once again operating in global ports this summer with gradual and phased voyages complying with improved health protocols
Seven Carnival Corporation cruise line brands have announced plans to resume operations this summer, with AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn and P&O Cruises sailing from global ports in Europe and the Caribbean.
Additionally, as the company continues to work with authorities to resume shipping in the US, its Carnival Cruise Line brand has announced possible US restart plans and expects to begin operating July departures on three ships from ports in Miami and Galveston, Texas. The company and several of its brands also expect cruise ships to be able to sail to Alaska during part of the summer.
Collectively, brands resuming travel from global ports in the coming months will use a phased and gradual approach, including limited itineraries that have been announced on 16 initial ships to date, representing nearly 20% of the fleet. global company. Initial cruises will take place with adjusted passenger capacity and improved health protocols developed in conjunction with government and health authorities, and informed by guidance from the company’s policy, epidemiology and public health experts.
Three Carnival Corporation brands – P&O Cruises (UK), Cunard and Princess Cruises – will each offer a series of cruises this summer sailing through UK coastal waters, including the inaugural sailing of Iona, P&O Cruises’ newest ship. 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 trips out of Barbados.
The newly announced voyages are based on recent cruise restarts by the company’s Germany-based AIDA Cruises brand, which resumed sailing in the Canary Islands at the end of March, and its Italy-based Costa Cruises brand, which restarted. in May sailing to Italian ports. In addition to dozens of successful trips from both brands in 2020, the most recent 2021 trips from AIDA and Costa have demonstrated the effectiveness of improved health protocols developed in conjunction with local, national and global experts, and have generated high satisfaction scores from hosts, as measured by detailed surveys of net promoters.
“For 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.” Roger Frizzell said. Director of Communications for Carnival Corporation. “We are excited that most of our leading cruise line brands are resuming travel this summer as we are seeing strong pent-up demand from our past guests and consumers in general to escape on a cruise, one of the most popular vacations in the world. world. . ”
Frizzell added: “The resumption of our cruises marks a critical step in the recovery of our brands and the industry as a whole, creating a significant economic impact and supporting jobs in multiple sectors around the world. Cruise line brands gradually resume cruising, we will continue to work as an industry to share important learnings and best practices to help ensure that the resumption of cruise operations is in the best interest of public health. ”
Working with national and global health authorities and medical experts, as well as destination country authorities, the company’s brands have developed a comprehensive set of health and safety protocols for protection and mitigation across the entire experience of the cruise for your initial cruises. This includes learnings and industry best practices based on proven travel health and safety history across the industry and input from leading health and science experts and health authorities.