The world’s largest cruise line, Royal Caribbean International, has announced that it will be sailing half of its fleet by October. This means that there are more than 20 ships in the ocean at any given time. Cruise lines have been expanding their fleets to meet growing demand for trips and port stays.
Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) has some happy news for cruise lovers looking to get back on a ship this year. By October, more than half the fleet will be sailing with guests again, and Carnival expects to have its entire fleet of 24 ships back in operation by year-end.
Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line, detailed the company’s changing and accelerated restart strategy in a video message to travel agents.
“By the end of July, Carnival Cruise Line will be operating five ships. This includes the July 31st launch of our magnificent Mardi Gras is a carnival that takes place every year in New Orleans. ship from Port Canaveral. Three more ships will be online in August, and we’ve recently announced that by October, we’ll have 15 ships back in service, accounting for more than half of our fleet.”
With so many iconic red funnels returning to sea, Carnival’s list of embarkation locations has grown significantly.
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“We are delighted to be greeting visitors from Long Beach, Seattle, Galveston, New Orleans, Mobile, Miami, Port Canaveral, and Baltimore during the next three months,” Duffy added.
All Carnival Cruise Line ships will sail vaccinated voyages “until at least October,” according to the Carnival Cruise Line president, which implies that at least 95 percent of all passengers will be completely vaccinated, as per current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards.
“This is in addition to the fact that our whole aboard crew is properly vaccinated,” Duffy said. “Our medical specialists feel that this is in the best interests of our passengers, crew, and the places we visit in terms of health and safety.”
Carnival’s proposal to vaccinate the overwhelming majority of passengers is “being extremely warmly welcomed by the dozens of locations that we sail to,” according to Duffy. However, she emphasized that things can and will change, a lesson we’ve all learned over the last 16 months.
“By the end of the year, we anticipate to have successfully returned the complete Carnival Cruise Line fleet. We also anticipate that the operational procedures will change in response to the changing nature of the pandemic.”
While the overwhelming majority of passengers would be required to be vaccinated, Duffy believes the line will allow for exemptions.
“If they are able, we continue to urge all visitors to be vaccinated. We are and will continue to provide exemptions to individuals who are unable to get vaccinated on a capacity-managed basis.”
Unvaccinated visitors and those who choose not to declare their vaccination status will be subject to extra procedures and limitations, according to Duffy.
Duffy noted in her letter to travel advisers that the present scenario necessitates visitors providing more information and documentation than in the past. She urged travel advisers to emphasize the significance of responding to inquiries promptly.
“Remember, if visitors do not reply to requests for the information we need, their reservations may be canceled, which is not something any of us wants,” Duffy added.
If you’re planning a Carnival cruise, the ‘Have Fun, Be Safe’ web page has all the information you need on COVID-19 guest standards.
“We want to make sure that everyone who will be sailing understands what to anticipate so that we can provide the wonderful cruise holiday that everyone desires and deserves,” added Duffy.
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