Carnival Cruise Line was swamped with bookings when it announced that it would start up service in August after months of being on coronavirus lockdown, Breitbart reports.
Three days after Carnival announced that it would open on August 1, Cruise Planners, a company that books cruises for the world’s largest cruise liner said bookings shot up 600 percent compared to the previous 3 days before the news, a 200 percent increase over the same time period in 2019.
The travel company told TMZ those booking Carnival cruises were “not a bit concerned about traveling at this time” because many stated they are young and healthy, and just looking to have some fun after being in quarantine for so long.
Carnival and competitor Viking, suspended their operations in March to slow the spread of coronavirus, as ships quickly became hotspots for the virus to breed.
The State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued warnings not to cruise during the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are taking a measured approach, focusing on the potential for sailing from a select number of homeports where we have more significant operations that are easily accessible by car for the majority of our guests,” Carnival said in a press release.
“We continue to work with various government agencies, including the CDC, as we introduce new onboard protocols, but there is no assurance of a return on August 1,” the statement continued.