Finally, after 16 months, The world's largest cruise company Carnival Corporation announced that it expects to have as much as 75% of its fleet operational by the end of 2021. Eight ships are expected to follow in the days and weeks ahead. It has restarted operations with two of its European brands, Costa Cruises and Aida, but has recently moved aggressively to resume other operations.
Carnival Cruise Line has restarted operations in the United States with cruises from Galveston and Miami and is set to begin voyages from Seattle in the coming days.
However, operations in Asia and Australia have been halted with no timetable.
Carnival Corporation is speeding up the disposal of outdated cruise ships across all of its brands in 2020.
The company's global fleet was reduced to 87 cruise ships with 223,000 lower berths after the sale of 19 cruise ships. By the end of 2021, Carnival Corporation's brands will have either restarted or are planning to restart 54 ships. This accounts for 65% of the total. It expects to extend operations from U.S. homeports during the next phase of its phased relaunch of cruise operations.
It has announced plans to re-enter service with nine additional cruise ships. These ships would raise the overall number of cruise ships owned by the company to 63, accounting for around 75% of the total fleet capacity. Also, to recommence voyages in Central America, the Persian Gulf, and Antarctica, and to the present cruise programmes, which include sailings in the United States, Caribbean, Europe, and the Mediterranean.
Carnival Corporation has 14 new cruise ships on order, all of which will be delivered by 2025. Four of those ships are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2021, bringing the total number of berths in the cruise industry to nearly 14,000 for the first time.