Miami, May 28 (EFE) .- The Carnival shipping company announced this Friday that its agreements to restart cruise trips with the ports of Miami, Galveston and Cañaveral have received approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). , in English) Americans.
The first ships with passengers will be the “Carnival Horizon”, which will set sail from the Port of Miami (Florida), and the “Carnival Vista” and “Carnival Breeze”, which will do so, for their part, from the Port of Galveston, in the state of Texas.
The cruise company confirmed in the statement that it plans to return to passenger service this summer.
As for the Port of Canaveral, also located in Florida, Carnival said that this is one of its priorities and that it hopes very soon to be able to announce when it will restart operations there.
The agreements reached with the CDC “bring us one step closer to sailing with our loyal guests,” said Lars Ljoen, executive vice president and chief maritime officer for Carnival Cruise Line.
Ljoen appreciated the “support” received not only from these three homeport partners, but from all ports. “They are eager to have us back as soon as possible,” he said.
The main shipping companies plan to start sailing this summer from the ports of Miami, Everglades and Cañaveral, located in what is known as the “Sunshine State”, to end a paralysis of about 15 months due to the pandemic.
A Royal Caribean ship was the first to obtain official permission last Wednesday with the commitment to have the more than 2,900 passengers almost fully vaccinated, when it set sail on June 26 from Port Everglades, in the city of Fort Lauderdale (Florida ), bound for Mexico and the Bahamas.
The trip is the first in the United States to be approved by the CDC since navigation in ports of the country was suspended in mid-March 2020 due to covid-19.
And Norwegian Cruise Line plans to restart Caribbean cruises from Florida starting next October with at least four ships departing from the ports of Miami and Cañaveral.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents 95% of companies with oceanic cruises, between March and September 2020 these companies had global losses of 77,000 million dollars, 23,000 million in salaries and 518,000 jobs.