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  1. In all likelihood around 40-50 ships operating at 50% would likely achieve the same result. If AIDA, Costa, and P&O (UK) are running, that gets to around 36. Toss in a few Princess and/or Holland America ships and that would get into the 40s.
  2. Not the best idea to be an unsecured creditor of a cruise line right now. And yes, I understand Carnival had roughly 15-18 months of cash on hand at the end of 2020. A few ships in Europe aren't going to be enough to stop the cash burn completely.
  3. Yes. The health and safety of Floridians and the resumption of cruising are not mutually exclusive. The rest of the world has proven that cruising can safely resume, largely without the benefit of vaccines.
  4. Carnival (the cruise line) may not be sailing from outside the US, but other Carnival (Corporation) brands are. Royal Caribbean Group doesn't have as many brands, so Royal Caribbean Cruise Line as to cover areas served by Costa, AIDA, P&O, etc. If this drags on past November 1, I suspect Carnival will change its tune very quickly - or at least get other Princess and Holland America ships sailing again - out of the Bahamas, Caribbean, and perhaps even Ensenada or Puerto Vallarta.
  5. Panorama is actually the last new Carnival ship to enter service. Mardi Gras hasn't carried a passenger yet.
  6. Even if the goal was to get cruise lines to change their domicile to the US, this would actually be horrible timing - Carnival (Panama) or Royal Caribbean (Liberia) could become US corporations, and would likely report giant losses that get carried forward to offset taxes on future profits - which will certainly be lower in 2022 given that CCL, RCL, NCLH have added $50 Billion in debt to their balance sheet. Registering ships in the US would make cruises more expensive (higher wages, workers comp), which likely means some ships permanently homeporting in Mexico, The Bahamas, and th
  7. The ones who will return to service from drydock should be in the best shape. It may take a few months to sufficiently repaint the rest of the fleet once service resumes, assuming the crew is permitted to paint while in port.
  8. If BPCL still had Grand Celebration, it would make sense to deploy her from Freeport or Nassau. It may be a situation where if Grand Classica sets up shop elsewhere, the process to get clearance with the CDC may have to start all over again. Most states have opened vaccines to those 60+ and are actually in Phase 1C. BPCL could realistically open up to vaccinated customers 18+ by June 1 given the Biden administration's mandate of making all adults eligible by May 1. The catch would be provisioning the ship from Freeport or Nassau when those ports weren't designed as home
  9. It's not actually a huge savings - for example, the Sensation has a crew of 920 per the published deck plans, while Mardi Gras has 1,735. Granted, that is 105 fewer people compared to two smaller ships, but it's only about 6% less. I'm sure some positions on a larger ship probably pay a little better too, especially Captain, Cruise Director, and Hotel Director. But that's 105 fewer mouths to feed in the most literal sense.
  10. Tour must be booked on board. If you are interested, I recommend stopping by Carnival Adventures (Shore Excursions) or Guest Services on embarkation day, as it usually sells out. It does involve a fair amount of walking. You also will need to leave your phone/camera in your state room as you are not permitted to take pictures or record while on the tour. I highly recommend it.
  11. Carnival Corp would have to hold back cabins regardless of the size of the ship if the CDC requires it. Those likely would be proportional to the ship's capacity. As of September 15, 2020, Carnival intended to make 18 disposals: Carnival Fantasy Carnival Fascination Carinvial Imagination Carnival Inspiration Costa Atlantica (January 2020, CSSC) Costa Mediterranea (May 2021, CSSC) Costa neoRomantica Costa Victoria Amsterdam Maasdam Rotterdam (name transferred to newbuild) Veendam Pacific Aria (scheduled for May
  12. In the case of Carnival Cruise Line: Mardi Gras (5,282 lower berths) > Carnival Fantasy (2,056 lower berths) + Carnival Fascination (2,052 lower berths) Carnival Celebration (5,374 lower berths) > Carnival Imagination (2,052 lower berths) + Carnival Inspiration (2,052 lower berths) So basically by November 2022 Carnival will have made a full recovery, and then some. Carnival could actually shed another Fantasy class ship and still be up nearly 400 lower berths from before the shutdown. That's not even counting the gain in lower berths from the Victory/Radianc
  13. Don't overlook Porthole cabins, which Carnival sells as "interior", yet still have some view out. On the Sunshine and Conquest classes there are "Interior with Picture Window" cabins that actually look out over public decks on the ship
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