Cruise aficionados will be delighted to hear that Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald has shared his optimism about the cruise industry’s comeback, by the end of the year.
If you’ve missed setting sail and are dreaming about the day you can set foot on a ship once more, you might be pleasantly surprised with the latest comments from Carnival Cruise Lines’ CEO, Arnold Donald.
Donald said on the webcast “Fireside Chat” with John Lovell, president of Travel Leaders Group, that his outlook for the cruise industry is “optimistic”.
He didn’t give any exact dates for a return to cruising, but he did share that it’s possible some cruising will resume before 2022.
“What I will predict is this: I think that certainly by the end of this year, most, if not all, of our fleet, I’m optimistic, will be in action,”
He said: “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.”
He mentioned that advances in virus treatment, testing, and multiple vaccines puts us, in the travel and tourism industry, in a good position.
“The ability to manage COVID has changed. All these things have moved in a positive direction. It’s a bad storm that the world finds itself in, but we will weather this storm, and that’s the trick.”
Looking to the horizon
Like with all facets of travel, the sooner the vaccines are rolled out, the faster the world can move the health crisis away from a public emergency and get everything up and moving, hopefully even better, than it was before.
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