Half of Carnival Corporation’s Fleet Will Sail By Next Month

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Carnival Corporation has announced that it expects to return over 50 percent of its total fleet capacity to guest cruise operations by the end of October.

To date, eight of the company’s nine cruise lines have resumed guest sailings: Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK), and Cunard. The only Carnival Corp. line that has not yet begun resuming voyages is P&O Cruises (Australia).

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Island Princess (Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

By the end of October, those eight brands have announced that they will be operating 42 ships total, marking the return of over half of the company’s global fleet capacity.

Carnival Corporation’s cruise lines, like other cruise lines around the world, are using a gradual, phased-in approach to the resumption of passenger operations. Sailings are operating with enhanced protocols, including operating vaccinated cruises with updated testing, as well as masking policies.

“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.”

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Here are Carnival Corporation’s brand restart announcements to date, including those that will contribute to the 50 percent milestone in October.

Also included are plans for additional restart as part of the company’s goal to return nearly 65 percent of its capacity by the end of the year.

  • Carnival Cruise Line plans to have 13 vessels sailing in October and a total of 17 ships by the end of the year.
  • Princess plans to have six ships sailing in October, with eight total by the end of 2021.
  • Holland America plans to have four ships operating in October, with a total of six by the end of December. The line has also announced plans for all 11 of its ships to be in service by spring 2022.
  • Seabourn plans to operate its full fleet by spring 2022 as well, including a new expedition ship with its first sailing in April — totaling six ships in service next year.
  • Costa Cruises plans to have five vessels sailing in October, with a total of six by year’s end.
  • AIDA Cruises plans to have eight ships in operation in October, with a total of 10 by the end of the year.
  • P&O Cruises (UK) plans to have three ships sailing by the end of October, with a total of four by December 31. The line has also announced plans to operate its full fleet by spring.
  • Cunard plans to have two of its three ships in operation by the end of the year, and has also announced plans to restart its third ship in spring.

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