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Signalling its intention to build back momentum after all the COVID-19 disruptions, Carnival Corporation – the world's largest cruise company – has outlined its plans for restarting cruise vacations across its brands.

In a statement issued yesterday (20 July), Carnival said: ‘Eight of the company's nine brands – AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Seabourn – have announced plans to resume guest operations on 54 ships to date through the end of 2021, with nearly half of the capacity represented by ships homeported in the U.S. 

‘In addition to those ships previously announced by the company's brands, Carnival Cruise Line's intent to return to full fleet service in 2021 would add another nine vessels, totaling 63 ships to date that are expected to resume guest operations this year. Further brand restart announcements are expected in coming weeks, including resumption plans for more ships and itineraries for 2021.’

Carnival said that its brands are resuming operations with a ‘gradual, phased-in approach’, and there will be ‘sailings in the US, Caribbean, Europe and Mediterranean, along with itineraries planned in Central America and to Antarctica, among others’.

Carnival’s chief communications officer Roger Frizzell commented: ‘With strong ongoing demand for cruising, we look forward to serving our guests with additional ships announced across eight of our brands and nearly three-quarters of our fleet capacity returning by the end of this year, marking an important milestone for our company and all those who rely on the strong economic impacts generated by the global cruise industry.’

The disruption to the cruise ships’ operations over the past year has had a significant impact on bunkering volumes in cruise hubs such as Vancouver, the Mediterranean, Miami and the Caribbean.

Click here for a detailed statement from Carnival which outlines the restart plans for all the group’s brands.

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