Cruise holidays company Carnival Corporation has announced that its cumulative advanced bookings for the first half of 2022 are ahead of the same period for 2019.
The company, which owns a number of cruise brands including Carnival Cruise Line and Princess Cruises, announced the news as it revealed its preliminary financial updates including its Q4 results.
The cumulative advance bookings are based on the twelve-month period ending May 2022. It has been compared to 2019, as the company was forced to pause operations in 2020 across its cruise lines, like so many other brands.
The bookings leave a hopeful note too as the group said they show a “long term demand for cruising”, adding that the level of bookings was “achieved with minimal advertising and marketing”.
Speaking about the financial results in general, President and Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald said in a statement: “2020 has proven to be a true testament to the resilience of our company.
“We took aggressive actions to implement and optimise a complete pause in our guest cruise operations across all brands globally, and developed protocols to begin our staggered resumption, first in Italy for our Costa brand, then followed by Germany for our AIDA brand. We are now working diligently towards resuming operations in Asia, Australia, the UK and the U.S. over the course of 2021.”
“With the aggressive actions we have taken, managing the balance sheet and reducing capacity, we are well positioned to capitalise on pent up demand and to emerge a leaner, more efficient company, reinforcing our industry leading position.”
You can read more on the Carnival website here.
At the time of writing, a majority of cruise lines around the world have temporarily paused operations or cancelled cruise holidays until around April and May 2021, due to ongoing travel restrictions as a result of the pandemic.
(We have a guide on dates when cruise lines plan to resume which we are updating with any news that comes in).
It’s also worth noting that the Foreign Office currently advises Brits against cruise ship travel.