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The future of the cruise industry remains murky as the coronavirus pandemic has forced ships to cancel voyages, but the CEO of Carnival Corporation said this week that he’s expecting smooth sailing ahead.
CEO Arnold Donald told travel industry workers during a webinar that he expects Carnival-owned brands to have their ships returning to service by the end of the year, Travel Pulse reported.
“I think that certainly by the end of this year, most, if not all, of our fleet, I’m optimistic, will be in action,” Donald said during the event, according to the report. “I think there’s a really high probability that all of them will be back by early next year if things continue to progress the way they have.”
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Donald pointed to the increasing availability of COVID-19 tests, vaccines and treatments for his optimistic outlook.
“The combination of all that bodes really well and puts us in a good position,” he said. “You do see the light here. The conversation is changing. The knowledge about COVID has changed. The ability to manage COVID has changed. All these things have moved in a positive direction.”
Two Carnival-owned brands – German AIDA and Italian Costa – have already announced plans to begin cruising again next month with added health and safety protocols in place.