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.
Aida Cruises has announced it will extend its pause of operations until August 31st. The Carnival Corporation-owned line confirmed last month it would cancel all North American sailings in 2020, with a number of European departures now axed.
Carnival initially announced a voluntary 30-day pause in operations on March 13th, and has now extended that pause three times, reflecting the public health challenges associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Carnival Corporation will downsize its fleet as the cruise line battles back to operation following the coronavirus pandemic. The giant said it already had preliminary agreements for the disposal of six ships.
Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria will see all sailings cancelled up to and including November 1st, while the Queen Elizabeth will see departures scrapped before November 23rd.
The route back from the Covid-19 pandemic appears increasingly treacherous for the cruise sector, with AIDA the latest line to extend a partial suspension of sailing.
Carnival Corporation has announced a series of layoffs, furloughs, reduced work weeks and salary reductions as the company seeks to boost liquidity during the coronavirus pandemic.
Richard Meadows will be retiring from the role of president with Carnival Corporation-owned Seabourn at the end of May. The move brings down the curtain on a 35-year career with Carnival.
Orlando Ashford, who heads the premium cruise line within the Carnival Corporation family of brands, has been at the company for nearly five and half years.
Carnival Cruises has revealed plans to return to limited sailing from August. However, outside of a handful of ships, further cancellations have also been confirmed.