Carnival will sell a total of 13 ships this year as the cruise giant seeks to cut capacity in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. In total, the ships expected to leave the fleet represent a nearly nine per cent reduction in current capacity.
Weighing in at over 73,000 GT, in tonnage this is the largest ship the city has seen and demonstrates the capabilities now available at Portsmouth International Port.
In a rare moment of good news for the cruise sector, Aida will begin sailing operations next month. Following an industry-wide pause in operations in mid-March, three of its ships will restart sailing in August.
Carnival Corporation has announced two moves within its global leadership team as part of a broader effort to enhance operations and prepare for the eventual resumption of cruising.
Under the new plans, Majestic Princess will arrive on the West Coast to set sail for her inaugural Alaska season, while Regal Princess will be returning to Europe.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to advise against all cruise ship travel. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England, the government body said.
TUI Group has successfully completed the sale of its subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to TUI Cruises. Hamburg-based TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI and Royal Caribbean Group.
The decision comes in the wake to an announcement from the UK government that it will remove quarantine restrictions for travellers arriving from the Netherlands from July 10th.
MS Roald Amundsen will embark on a series of short break expedition cruises in UK waters in September. Hurtigruten will thus become the first expedition cruise line to depart from a UK port since the country entered coronavirus lockdown in March.
The World Travel & Tourism Council will host a new event to examine the scientific evidence that can be used to inform practical solutions for mitigating and living with Covid-19.
Cruise industry leaders Royal Caribbean Group and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings have announced a collaboration to develop enhanced cruise health and safety standards.
Carnival Cruise Line has delayed the debut of Mardi Gras until 2021. Set to become the first LNG-powered ship to operate in the western hemisphere, itineraries had been planned from November 14th.