Carnival expects 75% of fleet to be sailing by end-2021

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Carnival PLC (LON:CCL) said it expects three-quarters of its global fleet to be in operation by the end of 2021.


In a statement, Carnival said that the non-US ships would be at 65% of operations by the end of 2021 and with US sailings this would take the total for the group overall to 75%.


Earlier, US-based subsidiary Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) had said three additional cruises would sail from ports in the US in September and four in October.


“Based on the success of its initial resumption of service and the guest response to the onboard experience and health and safety protocols that have been implemented, Carnival will continue to operate all its ships as vaccinated cruises through at least October”.


“We are very excited about our restart and greatly appreciate the support of our guests, travel agents and port and destination partners,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.


“By the end of July, we will have five ships in our restart plan, including the introduction of service on Mardi Gras, and we are seeing a great combination of strong demand and strong guest satisfaction scores tied to the positive guest experience onboard.


“Our plan envisions successfully bringing back our entire [CCL] fleet by the end of the year, returning to full service,” she added.


All cruises will be vaccinated cruises until at least the end of October, said Carnival


“The decision to sail with vaccinated voyages was a difficult one to make, and we recognize this is disappointing to some of our guests especially the many families with children under the age of 12 who we love to sail, and who love to sail with us,” said Duffy.


“It’s important to remember that this is a temporary measure given the current circumstances.”


Some unvaccinated guests will be allowed onboard where there are spare berths but travellers will have to take pre-cruise, embarkation and debarkation tests, which includes all children even those under 12.


The tests will cost US$150 per person to cover testing, reporting and health and safety screenings, Carnival said.


Separately, Carnival said it had received 85.2% take-up for its tender offer for US$2.4bn of 11.5% senior debt.




— adds detail about non-US capacity —

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