Cruise Bookings have snowballed after Carnival Cruise Lines announced the possibility of resuming cruises from August.
Carnival Cruise Line, an international cruise line with headquarters in Doral, Florida have been flooded with inquiries and reservations, mainly from America, stated an American Express travel agent.
Passengers are looking to lock down deals and get the best reservations for the price. Most inquiries and bookings are coming from:
“The Young, healthy, eager to travel, demographic. Passengers are not a bit concerned about traveling at this time”
This comes as infection figures top 1.3 million and over 80,000 deaths reported in the USA due to coronavirus.
An Instagram post from Carnival explains that ‘enhanced protocols and social gathering guidelines will be put in place’ once the company starts sailing again.
Carnival says “it hopes to get back on the high seas by August, however, warns that plans could change and that there are no guarantees because of the potential for further delays due to the coronavirus pandemic. We continue to work with various government agencies, including the CDC, as we introduce new onboard protocols, but there is no assurance of a return on August 1”
Originally hoping to open for business in May, they are now stating August as a possibility.
This interest in cruises seems astounding as over 20% of all cruise ships worldwide had infections of coronavirus. Nearly 3,000 staff infected and 65 reported deaths. Social distancing on a cruise ship seems an impossibility, and eating arrangements are traditionally mainly public buffet areas. Evening meals again traditionally in busy dining rooms. I for one would not entertain being put in this situation until this virus has been fully contained.
Carnival,Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, MSC Cruises and Royal Caribbean Cruises were struck by infections along with smaller cruise lines.
Data analysts from the CDC believe reported infections and fatalities on Cruise Ships has been under reported.