Carnival to restart cruises from Florida and Texas in August

Marco Green
May 6, 2020

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. secured a US$400 million investment from private equity firm L Catterton, but it also told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the disruption from the coronavirus pandemic means the travel company might not survive. There were so many stories and the public relations disaster of the Diamond Princess and all these other ships that were floating around with people who couldn't get off.

A statement from the company said, "Carnival Cruise Line issued the following update to our news release today concerning a further delay of operations for most of our fleet until August 31".

"We are continuing to discuss internally and with government officials and public health experts on various new protocols".

"Carnival Cruise Line advised guests and travel agents today of our plan to phase in a resumption in our North American service this summer, beginning on August 1 with a total of eight ships from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston".

The industry stoppage in March came only after ports around the world started turning ships away in fear of the virus. Several vessels lingered at sea for weeks as they sought a place to dock.

Carnival Cruise Line said ships will not be cruising from Alaska, Hawaii and Australia through Aug 31.

The coronavirus swept the cruise industry broadly, but Carnival - the largest operator - had numerous earliest and most dramatic viral episodes at sea.

Carnival Cruise Line stated it's nonetheless figuring out what particular measures it should take to forestall future outbreaks as soon as it resumes crusing.

Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line is the biggest model owned by Carnival Corp, which additionally owns Princess, Holland America Line and different manufacturers. Aside from their cancellations through July, the CDC also extended their 100-day long "no-sail" order in April.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told CNBC that it is working with cruise lines to develop plans to resume operations, but stressed that no decision has been made to lift the "no sail order" that is now in place.

Investors applauded the plan to restart. Carnival shares rose as much as 4.7 per cent to $14.58 after the announcement. Last week it announced the furlough of 20 per cent of its on-shore staff, and the remaining employees will have their hours and pay reduced 20 per cent.

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