USAToday: Carnival Cruise Line Won’t Make A Full Comeback Until 2022

Carnival Cruise Line will not make a full comeback in 2020 or 2021, reports Instead, the company plans to implement a phased return which will see it finally achieve full capacity in 2022.

Arnold Donald, Carnival’s CEO, said that cruising will resume little by little as countries reopen. “[The] nature of restart is going to be almost country by country and destination by destination,” Donald said on a call Friday. As Carnival at least partially relies on open ports in order to conduct its business, the company will only be able to ramp up its business as countries reopen. 

Not only must Carnival wait for ports to open, but in order for passengers to have a traditional cruise experience land-based facilities must also open. A significant part of Carnival’s business is sponsoring shore excursions, for example. And, it is not clear that passengers will line up to go to destinations which are essentially closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing.

Despite the headwinds, Donald believes that Carnival is poised for success in the future. In fact, it’s subsidiary AIDA plans to resume sailing its three cruise ships in August.