Carnival Cruise Line is seeing an increase in demand as travelers get ready to return to ships this summer, but with remaining COVID-19 restrictions in place in the United States, the company said it might need to move its home ports elsewhere.
The cruise ship operator has seen a heightened level of people booking trips during the first quarter, up around 90% from fourth-quarter levels, CNBC reported. On top of that, the current bookings for next year are at higher numbers than bookings before the pandemic in 2019.
“Everybody wants to go away. And I will tell you, the next best thing to actually going away is planning a vacation. And that’s what a lot of people seem to be doing right now,” said David Bernstein, Carnival’s chief financial officer, in a conference call on Wednesday.
Carnival CEO Arnold Donald said in a press release that the trends of booking show “both the significant pent up demand and long-term potential for cruising,”