More Guests, More Fun at Busiest Homeports and Top Destinations
In a year of many milestones – including its 50th Birthday – Carnival Cruise Line has reached another important mark, welcoming three million guests since the restart of guest operations in July 2021, amidst a busy summer season across its fleet of 23 ships.
After recording its biggest booking week in the cruise line's 50-year history this spring, the last quarterly Carnival Corporation business update projected Carnival Cruise Line's ships to reach nearly 110% occupancy this summer. That expectation is being realized in the increase of guests across the fleet. Carnival saw its total guest count hit the two million mark in May and it has now risen to three million in less than 75 days – an average of 95,000 guests per week.
Carnival's five busiest homeports, PortMiami, Fla., Port Canaveral, Fla., Galveston, Tex., Long Beach, Calif., and New Orleans, La., were among the first to resume guest operations and account for 77 percent of all Carnival embarkations and an impressive guest total of 2,324,823. Port Canaveral is also home to Carnival's new Excel-class flagship and the first ship in North America powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) Mardi Gras, that is reaching a milestone of its own, welcoming 250,000 guests on board since its inaugural sailing. In terms of the number of sailings, Carnival's hometown of PortMiami leads the way with more than 215 voyages to date.
Homeports in Tampa, Fla., Charleston, S.C., Baltimore, M.D., Mobile, Ala., Jacksonville, Fla., Norfolk, Va., Seattle, San Francisco and New York, many of which resumed operations this year, have also been key to Carnival's strategy in reaching the three million mark of total guests since restart. All told, Carnival has generated significant economic impact to all 14 of its U.S. homeports, both year-round and seasonal operations, as well as the scores of destinations its ships and guests have visited the past 13 months.
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