The cruise industry seems to be nearing complete recovery from the
pandemic as Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line celebrate
full fleet sailings, with Royal Caribbean and MSC Cruises close behind.
Carnival Cruise Line was the first major cruise line to put its
23-ship fleet back in service for the first time since Covid-19 struck
when Carnival Splendor, set sail on 2 May from Seattle to Alaska.
Shortly after, Norwegian Cruise Line announced the completion of its
Great Cruise Comeback with the sailing of Norwegian Spirit, the 17th
ship and final ship in its fleet.
Spirit made its grand return after an extensive US$100 million
refurbishment. It now features 14 new venues, additional and updated
staterooms, enhanced public areas, and new hull art. The ship’s spa and
fitness centre have been expanded in size, and new complimentary dining
venues have been added.
The ship departed from Tahiti on 7 May on a 12-day sailing to eight
ports in the South Pacific and will disembark on 19 May in Honolulu.
"This is an incredibly important day in our history and a defining
moment for our future,” said Harry Sommer, president and CEO of
Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are moving full speed ahead, having already
welcomed more than half a million guests for an exceptional vacation at
Royal Caribbean International is close behind on bringing its 24
ships back in action by the end of May. Meanwhile, MSC Cruises is
awaiting the return of its final 19th ship, the MSC Musica, that will
sail out of Venice on 5 June.
By September, Princess Cruises will be expected to make its full fleet return.