Amid a backdrop of bad news for the cruise industry, a steady drumbeat of positive news continues to roll in. Yesterday we blogged that Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO sounded an optimistic tone in the latter part of last week after the company earlier announced that its survival was in doubt. Now, it appears that Carnival may also be on the rebound as bookings are reportedly up significantly.
The New York Post reports that Carnival’s planned August 1 return to the seas is going over well with cruisers, as bookings are currently up 200% over the same period in 2019. The increase represents a 600% increase in bookings from the period preceding the announced August sailings.
Citing data from cruise booking company Cruise Planners, the report says that the bookings can be explained by an influx of presumably healthy people who are eager to get back to having fun after months of staying home.
Interestingly, though the bookings are up, the cruise voyages themselves are not guaranteed. Considering the fact that cruise ships have been linked to significant coronavirus outbreaks across the world, and that the vessels continue to house tens of thousands of stranded crew members, the idea that the voyages beginning in August will go off without a hitch is anything but certain.