CruiseSociety will decide when it’s safe to cruise again, says Carnival CEO

Cruise Update: China tipped to be the first destination to welcome ships

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Carnival Corp. says China may be where cruising resumes.
Carnival Corp. says China may be where cruising resumes.

SINGAPORE – Cruise lines continue to push back the resumption of activities although most live in hope that they will be sailing again well before year’s end.

CEO of Carnival Corp Arnold Donald, said, "The reality is, it's not so much when cruise decides, it's when society decides it's ready for social gathering.”

Donald indicated that parts of Europe and China, which were hit by the virus first and are now reintroducing social gatherings, may be where cruising first resumes.

"Right now, if you watch the wave, you'd say China is closer to normal than anyone else," he said. "Logically then, they might be the first.”

In the latest coronavirus updates, Costa Cruises has cancelled all cruises until July 31. It said the decision for the extended pause was due to uncertainty about the re-opening of ports to cruise ships and restrictions that might still be in place for the movement of people.

Viking Cruises is extending the suspension of operations until August 31. The line became the first to cancel both ocean and river cruises on March 11 in response to the pandemic.

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