Could Carnival Corporation resume cruise operations in November. One Carnival executive seems to think the answer is yes.
Talking on Facebook Live, Carnival Brand Ambassador and senior director, John Heald, said it was time to “celebrate something, and that is being one step closer to cruising.”
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) currently has a no-sail order in place at least through September 30, while the Cruise Lines International Association has a voluntary suspension in place at least through October 31.
However in Europe, several cruise lines have resumed operations, including Carnival’s Italian brand Costa Cruises, while its German subsidiary AIDA Cruises is due to resume sailing in November.
“Costa is cruising and that cruise is going really well so far … lots of little positive things that are coming through each and every day,” Heald said.
He then denied a rumor on an unnamed Facebook page that Carnival was supposed to be making a big announcement .
World’s largest cruise line could resume sailing before the end of the year.
“There was no big announcement and I’m not aware of any,” Heald said. “The latest news is we are extremely hopeful that we will cruise in November, and possibly before, on shorter, modified cruises. And we are working with the CDC, we’ve got very smart people who’ve put a plan together to keep everybody safe and make sure that the fun is going to continue for you.”
Heald called on people to ignore what they are hearing online and said when there is an announcement to be made, “you will hear it on our social media channels and on carnival.com.”
Heald is not the only Carnival executive to suggest the world’s largest cruise line could resume sailing before the end of the year.
Two weeks ago, Carnival President and CEO Arnold Donald said in an interview with Seatrade Cruise News, prior to Costa’s restart, that “it’s definitely possible we could sail again in 2020 from the US. ”
Donald gave the example of Italy, where cruising has been successfully resumed by MSC Cruises, which has adopted a stringent health and safety protocol that includes pre-embarkation double-buffer testing for COVID-19.
‘If you go back just two or three months, who would have thought there would be any possibility of cruising in Italy? … Now Italy is cruising again. They’ve mitigated the spread. Society is starting to move about. Is it too soon? Is it premature? Is it perfect timing? We’ll all know that a month or two from now.’