| 17/05/2021 – 3:28pm (GMT-4)
The cruise company Carnival announced plans on Monday to resume cruise operations in ports in Europe and the Caribbean, which could happen in the coming summer months, while vaccinations against the coronavirus continue to advance.
With the brands AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line., Princess Cruises, Seabourn and P&O Cruises (UK), the company expects its ships to be able to sail from the US (Miami and Galveston) in July.
Carnival’s purpose is to restart trips with three ships from the ports of Miami and Galveston, Texas. The company and several of its brands also hope that cruise ships will be able to sail to Alaska during part of the summer. noted a statement.
Itineraries will be limited and have been announced on 16 initial ships to date, representing nearly 20% of the company’s global fleet, the largest of its kind in the world.
“Initial cruises will be conducted 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.” explains the statement.
“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.” said Roger Frizzell, 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 enjoy a cruise, on one of the the most popular vacations in the world ”, he added.
Carnival Corporation yplc is one of the largest leisure travel companies on the planet with a portfolio of nine of the major international cruise lines sailing to all seven continents.
At the beginning of the month, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new anti-coronavirus instructions for “simulated trips” of cruises with volunteers over 18 years of age.
The health authorities gave the green light for the summer to the cruise industry, on the condition that at least 98% of workers and 95% of passengers are vaccinated against the virus before sailing. The CDC proposed to take test trips with volunteers earlier.
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