Carnival Cruise Lines declared its plans to gradually resume cruising in or around North America this August, roughly five months after it paused operations amid consumer demand fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the parent company, Carnival Corp., website.
Carnival Cruise Lines to sail again this August
Carnival Cruise Lines will resume sailings on Aug. 1 with eight ships depart from Miami, Galveston, Texas, and Port Canaveral, Florida. Most customers can easily make the drive to those ports, said the company.
Carnival also said its operations from other North American and Australian markets will remain on hold through Aug. 31. The cruise line is also canceling plans for sailings from Vancouver to Honolulu on Sept. 25 and Honolulu to Brisbane, Australia, previously set for Oct. 6.
Based in Miami, Carnival Cruise Lines is the largest brand in the suite of brands owned by Carnival Corp., which also owns Holland America Line, Princess, and other brands. Additionally, Carnival Cruise Lines has 27 ships and transported a total of 5 million passengers in 2019.
Carnival Corp. took hit amid coronavirus, but is still going strong
The company took a major economic hit amid the new coronavirus, which saw some ships stranded at sea with sick passengers. Several ships reported outbreaks and experienced difficulty hunting for places to dock. In early April, two Holland America cruises disembarked in Florida with at least nine aboard who had contracted COVID-19.
Carnival Cruise Lines first stopped new sailings on March 13. It at first expected to resume sailings on April 10.
Despite economic hardship amid the coronavirus outbreak, Carnival Corp. is in strong financial shape, reports Cheddar. Since the crisis started, it has raised nearly $6 billion in debt and equity. The company wasn't eligible for loan assistance from the U.S. government because it is incorporated in Panama.
Carnival Cruise Lines will offer future travel credits or refunds to all passengers whose cruises are canceled amid COVID-19, said the company, which also added it would engage with health experts and government to ensure safe sailing in August.