Carnival Corp. may temporarily limit the number of passengers on its ships when they begin sailing again, according to a report by sources close to the organisation.
The company would do so by preventing passengers from booking certain cabins, the sources said.
Two possibilities include allowing passengers to only book cabins with access to fresh air or making sure there are empty cabins between occupied ones, sources said.
Before Carnival halted new sailings in March, the novel coronavirus spread to over 1,000 passengers and crew members on Carnival-owned ships like the Diamond Princess, Ruby Princess, and Costa Luminosa. The company was in some cases criticized for the way its ships handled the virus, but Carnival’s CEO, Arnold Donald, has argued that the company has consistently followed guidelines established by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The novel coronavirus has shut down the cruise industry for the past month as many cruise lines, including those owned by Carnival, have decided to voluntarily cancel new cruises until May at the earliest. Last week, the CDC issued an order that could ban cruises in US-controlled waters until July.
While Carnival lost $781 million between December and February, compared to the $336 million profit it made during those same months a year earlier, a little under half of the customers who reached out to the company regarding canceled cruises during the first two weeks of March chose to receive credits for future cruises instead of cash refunds, suggesting Carnival’s customer base will not abandon the company when it is allowed to resume sailing.
Story credit- Business Insider.