Carnival Cruise Line has revealed more information about the ports it will be sailing from in the earlier months of 2022, with several more ships set to restart as cruising looks to kick into a higher gear in the new year. Not only did the announcement reveal that more of Carnival's ships are set to take to the water in the US, but it also gave some insight into the cruise line's ambition aims for the year 2022, as the cruise industry hopes to leave 2020 and 2021 well in their wake.
The largest cruise line in the world, the return to the open seas hasn't always been smooth sailing for Carnival since cruises returned to the US, but it seems at last that the company is on course for a brighter future. Here's a closer look at the announcement made by Carnival during the week.
Carnival Scales Up Operations – Information For Travelers
There's hardly an industry that hasn't been negatively affected by the pandemic, but the travel industry is one that can claim it has suffered the most damage. Yet whilst airplanes still flew around the world – albeit in reduced numbers with fewer passengers – that was nothing compared to the complete shutdown of operations that the cruise industry faced at the hands of the CDC.
After more than a year of inactivity, Carnival Cruise line roared back into life last July, slowly but surely introducing more ships to its list of tours as it navigated a backdrop of Covid-19 related red-tape and ever-changing testing and vaccination requirements. Having now resumed operations with success, Carnival is targeting 2022 as the year it takes things up a notch and reverts back to business as usual.
An announcement during the week saw Carnival publish more information about cruises it would be offering in the new year. A total of 17 ships are projected to be in the water by the end of the year – nearly all of their roster – starting with the ships Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Liberty taking to the water in January and February respectively. February will see as many as eight different homeports covered by the cruise line.
Here's a breakdown of which ships will be covering which homeports:
• Baltimore: Carnival Legend
• Charleston: Carnival Sunshine
• Galveston: Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream and Carnival Vista
• Long Beach: Carnival Panorama, Carnival Radiance and Carnival Miracle
• Miami: Carnival Freedom, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Sunrise and Carnival Conquest
• New Orleans: Carnival Glory and Carnival Valor
• Port Canaveral: Mardi Gras, Carnival Elation, Carnival Magic and Carnival Liberty
• Tampa: Carnival Pride
Full details of cruise ininteraries can be found on Carnival's website. Only Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Paradis, and Carnival Sensation are yet to take to the water in the US, whilst Carnival Splendor and Carnival Spirit are set to sail out of Australia in the near future. The announcement sees Carnival going from strength to strength, building on their track record of having restarted more ships than any other cruise line since they took to the water again in July.
The cruises are set to take place with Carnival's current Covid-19 protocols still in place, which means testing and vaccination in most cases. However, the cruise line is confident that next year will see more families return to cruise ships. “We are optimistic that vaccines will be approved for children between the ages of 5-11 before the end of the year and we look forward to welcoming more families back on board,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
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