Carnival Offers to Turn its Cruise Ships into Floating Hospitals

Carnival Cruise Lines, the world’s largest cruise operator is willing to convert its unused cruise ships into temporary hospitals, as the growing number of COVID-19 cases would put pressure on land-based hospitals.

Carnival announced its offer to governments and health authorities last week. The cruise ships are “capable of being quickly provisioned” to serve as hospitals with up to 1,000 hospital rooms that can treat patients suffering from less critical or non-COVID-19 conditions,” Carnival said in a press release.

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Carnival, Royal Caribbean Cruises Increase Passenger Screening After Coronavirus Outbreak

Several cruise lines have implemented new travel restrictions this week and boosted their passenger screening procedures.

Cruise operators issued travel advisories to ensure that their guests are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Cruise lines are not letting people sail if they have traveled in China amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus that started there.

The coronavirus appeared in Wuhan, China, in December last year. Due to the virus, almost 20 people died and 600 were infected.

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Carnival’s New and Largest Cruise Ship Completes Construction Milestone

Carnival Cruise Line’s largest ever cruise ship, Mardi Gras completed a construction milestone yesterday when she touched water for the first time.

After Mardi Gras floated out of the dry dock, the vessel was repositioned to a new location at the Meyer Turku shipyard in Finland to finalize its interior and exterior outfitting, including the installation of the first roller coaster at sea, dubbed BOLT, part of the Ultimate Playground outdoor recreation area.

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Trump Admin Bans Cruises from Traveling to Cuba

The U.S. government imposed new restrictions on Americans going to Cuba, banning the most common way Americans travel to the island. The ban was announced Tuesday as a part of a new series of travel-related sanctions.

Beginning on Wednesday, тhe Trump administration will not allow group educational and cultural trips to the island unless they were booked before June 5, the Treasury Department said in an official statement. Nor will it permit cruises, private yachts or fishing vessels to stop in Cuba. Group people-to-people trips have become the most popular form of U.S. leisure travel to the island, bringing more than 142,000 people in the first four months of the year that is more than a 300% increase over the same period last year.

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Carnival Announces Roller Coaster on New Cruise Ship From Florida

Carnival Cruise Line announced plans to launch the first cruise ship with a roller coaster on board.
Carnival promises ‘heart-pounding’ onboard roller coaster on its highly anticipated cruise ship, Mardi Gras.

The all-electric coaster, the BOLT, will travel nearly 40 mph and take riders on a series of twists, turns and drops, right around the ship’s famous whale-tail funnel. Continue reading