MIAMI — Recovery is well underway for Carnival Corporation, which is expecting to have over 50% of its total fleet capacity return to guest cruise operations by the end of October.
This marks an important milestone for the company’s previously announced plans to resume service with nearly 65% of its fleet capacity to begin 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 and Cunard – have resumed guest sailings. A total of 42 ships across all eight brands will be operating by the end of October, with sailings from major global ports around the world, including in the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean, United Kingdom, Western Europe and the Mediterranean.
The news comes on the heels of Carnival Cruise Line’s announcement last week that half of its U.S. fleet, accounting for 11 ships, is now back in service.
Additional brand updates on the resumption of cruise operations are expected in the coming weeks.
The brands are operating with vaccinated cruises featuring updated testing, masking policies and enhanced safety protocols developed in conjunction with government and health authorities.
“Based on our initial restart of guest cruise operations across eight brands, it is clear from our guests that there is tremendous confidence in our brands, our health and safety protocols, and the return of cruising as one of the world’s most popular vacations,” said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation. “As the restart of cruising continues to gain momentum and create positive economic activity for people who depend on our industry to make a living, we look forward to serving our guests with more than half our fleet capacity returning in October, while delivering a great guest experience and serving the best interests of public health.”
Here is an overview of Carnival Corporation’s brand restart announcements to date, along with plans for additional ship restarts by Dec. 31, 2021:
North America Brands:
- Carnival Cruise Lineplans to have 13 ships sailing in October and a total of 17 ships by year-end.
- Princess Cruisesplans to have six ships sailing in October, with eight total ships in operation by the end of the year.
- Holland America Lineplans to have four ships in operation in October, with a total of six ships in operation by the end of the year. Additionally, the brand has announced plans for all 11 ships in its fleet to be in service by spring 2022.
- Seabournplans to operate its full fleet by spring 2022, including a new expedition ship with its first sailing in April 2022, totaling six ships in service next year.
Europe & Asia Brands:
- Costa Cruisesplans to have five ships in operation in October, with a total of six ships in operation by the end of the year.
- AIDA Cruisesplans to have eight ships in operation in October, with a total of 10 ships in operation by the end of the year.
- P&O Cruises (UK)plans to have three ships in operation in October, with a total of four ships in operation by the end of the year. Additionally, the brand has announced plans to operate its full fleet by spring 2022.
- Cunard plans to have two of the three ships in its fleet in operation by the end of the year. Additionally, the brand has announced plans to resume operations with its remaining ship in spring 2022.