Carnival Corporation cruise restart nears 45% mark – Cruise Industry News


By gradually returning ships to service, Carnival Corporation is expected to take a major milestone at the end of the month.

By November 1, nearly 45% of the company’s fleet will be operational again across the company.

With a combined fleet of 95 cruise ships, Carnival currently has 38 vessels in commercial service around the world.

Over the next few weeks, four more are expected to come into service, serving different markets and regions.

Here are the latest Carnival Corporation reboot plans, brand by brand:

Carnival Cruise Line
Status: 13 vessels currently in service, including two that resumed service in October

Ships: Carnival Vista, Carnival Breeze, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Miracle, Mardi Gras, Carnival Magic, Carnival Sunrise, Carnival Panorama, Carnival Pride, Carnival Glory, Carnival Dream, Carnival Elation and Carnival Freedom in service
Regions: Caribbean, Bahamas, West Coast and Mexican Riviera

After resuming services to customers in July, Carnival Cruise Line is on a gradual restart plan. 13 ships are currently in service for the brand, including the new Mardi Gras, which left for its inaugural cruise on July 31.

Originally sailing from Galveston, Miami, Port Canaveral and Seattle, the company then returned to other home ports including Long Beach, Baltimore and New Orleans.

While two ships have already resumed service in October, two more are expected to resume operations in November, increasing New Orleans’ supply and bringing Carnival back to Tampa.

Princess Cruises
Status: Four vessels currently in service; two more should follow in October
Ships: Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Sky Princess and Grand Princess in service; Ruby Princess and Emerald Princess should follow
Regions: United Kingdom, Mexico, California and Panama Canal

In July, Princess Cruises became one of the first cruise lines to resume service in Alaska. As the first ship to return to service for the brand, the Majestic Princess recently completed her short season in the Last Frontier and now offers West Coast cruises from Los Angeles.

The upscale cruise line has also welcomed returning guests to Europe, with the Regal Princess and Sky Princess sailing a series of ‘Summer Seacations’ around the British Isles.

Princess is now preparing for her return to the West Coast, with more routes to California and Mexico. In addition to the Majestic Princess, the Grand Princess and the Ruby Princess are reactivated in the region, offering cruises from Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively.

Holland America Line
Status: Three vessels currently in service; another should follow in October

Ships: Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam and Koningsdam in service; Rotterdam should follow
Regions: Mediterranean, Panama Canal, Mexico, California and Transatlantic

Holland America Line currently has three vessels in commercial service, including the Koningsdam, which welcomed passengers on October 10.

In July, the Nieuw Amsterdam was the first ship to welcome guests again for the brand, kicking off a season in Alaska that has now ended. Eurodam, meanwhile, resumed service in August, offering Eastern Mediterranean cruises from Greece.

As the Nieuw Amsterdam reposition itself in the Caribbean for the winter season, the new Rotterdam officially enters service, making a transatlantic crossing on October 20.

Status: Two vessels currently in service
Ships: Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Odyssey
Regions: Mediterranean and Caribbean

With the Seabourn Ovation built in 2018, Seabourn resumed cruising activities in July. Based in Piraeus, the ultra-luxurious ship currently offers a series of itineraries to the Greek Islands.

A second ship was added to the active lineup a few weeks later, when the Seabourn Odyssey resumed service from Barbados, launching a series of new voyages to the Eastern Caribbean.

Continuing the company’s restart plan, the Seabourn Ovation heads to the Caribbean in November. Debuting in the United States, the ship is expected to offer a series of 11-night departures from Miami, visiting ports in the Leeward Islands.

P&O Cruises United Kingdom
Status: Three vessels currently in service; including one that resumed service in October

Ships: Britannia, Iona and Ventura in service
Regions: United Kingdom, Atlantic Islands, Western Europe and the Mediterranean

P&O Cruises has been back in service in the UK since the end of June. The British brand has resumed its guest activities with a series of domestic cruises aboard the Britannia. Offering a similar product, the new Iona followed suit in August.

Today, the company is launching a new phase of its gradual restart plan, with the resumption of international routes to the Mediterranean, the Atlantic islands and Western Europe.

As of September 25, Britannia and Iona have added multi-country cruises to their deployment. The Ventura, meanwhile, welcomed guests again this month, offering routes to Western Europe and the Canary Islands.

Cunard Line
Status: A vessel currently in service
Boat: queen elizabeth
Regions: UK, Western Europe and Atlantic Islands

After a 17-month hiatus, Cunard Line returned to guest operations in August. The brand has resumed service in the UK, conducting a series of national scenic cruises around the British Isles aboard the Queen Elizabeth.

Following her summer program in the UK, the Queen Elizabeth has recently resumed international operations, with new routes to Western Europe and the Atlantic Islands.

Costa Cruises
Status: Five vessels currently in service; including one that resumed service in September

Ships: Costa Smeralda, Costa Luminosa, Costa Deliziosa and Costa Firenze in service; Costa Diadema should follow
Regions: Western and Eastern Mediterranean

With five cruise ships currently in service in Europe, Costa Cruises resumed operations in May.

The company’s active fleet includes the 5,200-passenger Costa Smeralda, the first ship to resume operations, and the new Costa Firenze, which made its inaugural cruise in July, launching a series of trips to the western Mediterranean.

In September, a fifth Costa ship entered service. Based in Italy, the Costa Diadema has launched 10-night itineraries to Western Europe, visiting Portugal, Spain, France and more.

AIDA Cruises
Status: Seven vessels currently in service; another should follow in October
Ships: AIDAperla, AIDAblu, AIDAsol, AIDAprima, AIDAstella, AIDAmar and AIDAluna; AIDAdiva should follow
Regions: Northern Europe, Mediterranean and Atlantic

German Carnival brand, AIDA Cruises, welcomed guests in March, with a Canary Islands program on the AIDAperla. After the commissioning of several vessels, the company is currently sailing in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, with seven different vessels.

The AIDAluna was the last AIDA ship to resume operations, launching a three- and four-day cruise program from the German port of Kiel on September 5.

On October 26, an eighth ship is scheduled to resume service, as AIDAdiva leaves Germany for the Caribbean, for an 18-night transatlantic crossing.

P&O Australia
Status: First cruise scheduled for January 15
Ships: Pacific Explorer, Pacific Encounter and Pacific Adventure
Regions: South Pacific – Australia

All cruises scheduled to depart through mid-January are now canceled, P&O Australia is currently the only Carnival brand out of commercial service.

While continuing to restart the service, P&O said “continue to follow the advice of international and local government authorities, public health experts and the community at large.”

Currently, P&O Australia’s first scheduled cruise departs January 15 on the Pacific Encounter.

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