Cruise lines readjusting operations amid pandemic resurgence

The resurgence of COVID-19 in Europe and the subsequent measures applied have forced major cruise lines to readjust their operations. The Italian cruise company Costa Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, announced updates to its upcoming cruises for winter 2020-2021.

Carnival to accelerate removal of ships

Carnival Corporation provided a business update and additional financial information for the second quarter ended May 31, 2020. The company intends to accelerate the removal of ships in fiscal 2020.

Carnival uses its ships to repatriate crew

Eighteen Carnival Cruise Line ships will rendezvous in the Bahamas as the final plans are put in place to sail nine of the ships to repatriate more than 10,000 healthy crew members who remain on board because of restrictions due to COVID-19, limiting air travel.  

Carnival’s largest ship floated-out

Meyer Turku shipyard announced the float-out of the coming flag-ship of Carnival Cruise line ‘Mardi Gras’. The new ship will be the largest one in the Carnival fleet, featuring 180,000 GT. It will be delivered later in 2020.

Carnival Panorama passes sea trials in Adriatic Sea

Carnival Cruise Line announced that its newest ship, ‘Carnival Panorama’, completed sea trials in the Adriatic Sea earlier this week, in anticipation of its inaugural cruise from Long Beach, on 11 December 2019. Panorama became the line’s first new ship on the West Coast in 20 years.

Carnival Corp expects negative net income after Cuba ban

After President Trump’s decision on banning US cruises to Cuba, many were the cruise lines affected; Carnival Corporation published its yearly net income, according to which the cruise company faced a decrease following cruise bans to Cuba.

Judge threatens to stop Carnival ships from docking in the US

A US Federal judge threatened that she might block Carnival Corporation from docking cruise ships at ports in the US as punishment for a possible probation violation. The cruise company has been on five years probation, from April 2017, as part of a $40m settlement for dumping oil into the ocean illegally from its Princess Cruises ships and subsequently lying about the scheme, according to court filings.

Carnival plans 4 new ships launches for 2019

Carnival Corporation announced that it will launch four new cruise ships in 2019 across three of its brands: Carnival Cruise Line, America’s Cruise Line; Costa Cruises; and Princess Cruises. The ships are: Carnival Panorama from Carnival Cruise Line; Sky Princess from Princess Cruises; Costa Venezia from Costa Cruises; Costa Smeralda from Costa Cruises.

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