Maritime Executive: Carnival Cruise Line is in the final stages of repatriating its crew members. More than 26,000 crew members have been sent home from the cruise line’s 26 ships. The process of returning crew home has included sending ships to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, South Africa, India, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The final segment of Carnival’s crew repatriations efforts is currently taking place including efforts in the Caribbean and Latin America for thousands of crew members who are citizens of more than 25 different nations throughout the region.
The Points Guy: It looks like another classic Carnival Cruise Line ship is headed for the scrappers. The Long Beach, California-based Carnival Inspiration has filed a voyage plan for Izmir, Turkey, which is near a major ship scrapping operation that has become the final resting place for such notable vessels as Princess Cruises‘ Pacific Princess — the original “Love Boat.” On Saturday, ship tracking sites showed the 2,056-passenger Carnival Inspiration sailing eastward from the Caribbean island of Curacao on its way to Izmir.
Cruise Hive: Heavy equipment is being unloaded from two Fantasy class cruise ships operated by Carnival Cruise Line, possibly a hint that they could be about to leave the fleet. There have been some rumors over the past few days of two Carnival cruise ships that might become the first to leave the fleet. It seems that the Carnival Fantasy and Carnival Inspiration could be the first to go as work has already started on preparing the ships.
Cruise Radio: Sources familiar with the situation tell Cruise Radio that the Carnival Fantasy has been sold and will soon be heading to her final resting place in Izmir, Turkey. The ship was recently in Curaçao offloading heavy equipment and now has filed a voyage plan for Izmir, Turkey, home of one of the largest vessel scrapyards.
Cruise Industry News: Carnival Corporation today announced two executive moves as part of the company’s broader efforts to enhance operations and best prepare the organization for the eventual resumption of cruising, according to a press release. Neil Palomba, currently president of Costa, has been executive vice president and chief operations officer for Carnival Cruise Line. During Palomba’s transition, the Costa Cruises leadership team will continue to report to Michael Thamm, CEO of Costa Group and Carnival Asia. Gus Antorcha, currently chief operations officer for Carnival Cruise Line, has been named president of Holland America Line, effective immediately.
Cruise Addicts: Carnival Cruise Line has begun notifying guests and travel agents of revisions to the delivery of its newest ship, Mardi Gras, as well as the transformed Carnival Radiance – both resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic – and new itineraries for Carnival Breeze and Carnival Magic that are all part of an updated deployment plan from November 2020 to May 2021.
Cruise Radio: A review of Carnival Conquest on a seven-night cruise from Port Miami. This sailing went to the Eastern Caribbean with stops in Amber Cove, Grand Turk, San Juan, and St. Thomas.
The Points Guy: One of the world’s biggest cruise lines just threw in the towel on a quick return to operations. Miami-based Carnival Cruise Line, which is second only to Royal Caribbean in size when measured by passenger capacity, on Monday pushed back its return to service in North America until at least early October.
Cruise Radio: Carnival Cruise Line confirmed Monday morning that they are canceling all voyages through September 30, 2020. This was not an unexpected move, given that Cruise Lines International Association announced last week that all of its members — including Carnival — would be extending their voluntary suspension of services.
ADWEEK: It’s not up to Arnold Donald, the CEO and president of the world’s largest cruise line, Carnival Corporation, to decide when his ships are back in the water. It’s a decision that consumers will make.