It’s been a long time coming, but Carnival cruise line has resumed cruising from Miami!
CruiseIndustryNews.com is reporting, “Carnival Cruise Line kicked off its first cruise from in almost 16 months from PortMiami today with the departure of Carnival Horizon.
It’s the second Carnival ship back in cruising action in two days as the Vista sailed from Galveston on Saturday.
Carnival Cruise Line President Christine Duffy, Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald and Carnival Brand Ambassador John Heald kicked off the festivities with a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially welcoming guests on board. Prior to Duffy’s remarks, a moment of silence was held to honor those affected by the tragedy in Surfside.
“PortMiami is our number one homeport in terms of ships and passenger embarkations and today’s return to cruising with Carnival Horizon represents an important first step in getting our company back to business while infusing much-needed capital to the thousands of workers who rely on the cruise industry for their livelihood,” said Duffy. “The past year has been challenging to say the least and I wish to thank our state and local officials, PortMiami, and our business partners and suppliers for their incredible support and patience during this time.”
“The restart of cruise ships from Miami is an exciting day for Miami’s longshoremen. We have approximately 800 members at PortMiami and their wages dropped as much as 80% during the nearly 16-month cruise suspension. Today with Carnival Horizon’s first sailing, we get back to work and look forward to supporting our families again,” said Torin Ragin, president, International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) Local 1416.”
The big test will be is if all the COVID prevention measures will ensure that crew and passengers stay healthy.
While over 500,000 passengers have cruises in Europe without a major COVID outbreak during the last year, it remains to be seen if we can duplicate that success in the USA.
As my audience knows, I’ve enjoyed the all-inclusive resort experience at the Palladium Hotel Group resorts in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica over the last 12 months: https://www.thecruisegenius.com/return-to-trs-yucatan-and-grand-palladium-riviera-maya/
I’m looking forward to cruising soon, and will be bringing that to you!
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