MIAMI — Carnival Cruise Line has reached a triumphant milestone: welcoming back its two millionth passenger since it restarted operations in July 2021.
Carnival was the first major U.S. cruise line with its full fleet back in guest service since the industry’s restart last summer. The two millionth passenger and their family boarded Carnival Freedom in Port Canaveral yesterday and were greeted with fanfare from Carnival Freedom’s Captain Mario Imbimbo, Hotel Director, Cruise Director and team members.
Carnival also notes that since its July 2021 restart, passengers have taken more than 1.3 million shore excursions in Carnival’s destination ports, and two million Carnival-branded items have been sold in the gift shops fleet-wide, including 150,000 items from the line’s 50th Birthday collection.
Says Carnival President Christine Duffy: “We are so pleased to have sailed two million guests since our restart, providing much-needed vacations featuring our signature fun to an array of destinations in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, the Mexican Riviera, Alaska and Europe. All the while, providing an economic boost to those destinations and providing our crew members with opportunities to support their families.”
In the latest fleet news, Carnival Magic will sail from New York City in June 2022, Carnival’s 14th homeport since the restart.
And Carnival Splendor will restart in Australia following its Alaska season with a three-day cruise departing Sydney on Oct. 2, 2022.
Meanwhile Carnival’s newest ship, Carnival Celebration, featuring a roller coaster and powered by Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), will debut in Miami in November 2022.