Cruise shipping giant Carnival Corporation has revealed plans to resume sailing at the beginning of August.
The phase-in sailings would be introduced in the company’s North America service with a total of eight ships from Miami, Port Canaveral, and Galveston.
The ships in question involve Carnival Dream, Carnival Freedom and Carnival Vista sailing from the Port of Galveston, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic and Carnival Sensation homeported in Miami, and Carnival Breeze and Carnival Elation homeported in Port Canaveral.
The company said it would extend the suspension of sailings in all other North American and Australian markets through August 31, meaning that all other cruises on these services would be cancelled in the meantime.
“We are committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the COVID-19 situation. We are taking a measured approach, focusing our return to service on a select number of homeports where we have more significant operations that are easily accessible by car for the majority of our guests,” Carnival said announcing the plan.
“We will use this additional time to continue to engage experts, government officials and stakeholders on additional protocols and procedures to protect the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we serve.”
Carnival is eager to resume sailing as costs from the maintenance of ships, sailing cancellations, salary and other payments keep piling up.
However, it is yet unclear whether people would feel confident in taking a cruise any time soon, especially since lockdown measures and stay at home orders across the world remain in force.
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