• Tom Drake

Carnival Corp CEO sees a long road ahead.

Arnold Donald told the London Financial Times it might take two years to get back to normal.

Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald does not sound hopeful for a quick cruise industry restart. In fact, he recently told the London Financial Times that the cruise industry will have to work doubly hard to attract first-time cruisers in a post-pandemic world.

What's more, returning staff to ships will be a long and tricky process.

He said that for Carnival, which has 90,000 staff, it could take up to 45 days due to differing international travel restrictions and quarantines. As for ships sailing this year, the boss said: “[It] depends on so many variables, because every destination is going to have its own level of comfort and what regulations are going to be.”

Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise line operator in the world operates AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line Costa Cruises, P&O Cruises, P&O Cruises Australia, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Seabourn.

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