On Tuesday, May 2, as the Carnival Splendor went back online as an active passenger ship in Seattle, Carnival Cruise Line became the first major cruise line with its full fleet back in service since the COVID-induced shutdown that began over two years ago.
The Splendor set sail on Tuesday for Alaska.
“With Carnival Splendor beginning operations today from Seattle, Carnival Cruise Line is thrilled to have our entire fleet of 23 ships back in service, providing more opportunities for our guests to enjoy our signature fun while traveling to beautiful vacation destinations,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy said in a statement. “We are especially excited to expand our Alaska program this season with three ships bringing more than 100,000 guests from Seattle and San Francisco to awe-inspiring Alaska ports.”
It has been a gradual return to action for the Carnival fleet, with ships being phased in one at a time over the course of the last 10 months while continuing to follow the most up-to-date safety guidelines for passengers.
The Carnival Splendor has been vacant of passengers since March of 2020 when the pandemic began, but the ship will embark on an eight-day round-trip from Seattle to Alaska and back beginning Tuesday.
The ship holds just over 3,000 passengers when full, along with 1,150 crew members. Bookings are available for the Splendor’s weeklong Alaska voyages through the end of August.