The line chalked up a double-digit increase from the previous record seven-day booking total.

22 Fun Ships back in service

With 22 of its 23 ships back in service across all its year-round US homeports, Carnival has had a successful restart. Its final ship, Carnival Splendor, will return to service from Seattle on May 2.

Then, in November, Carnival will welcome its newest ship, Carnival Celebration, to PortMiami. By year-end 2022, the line will have more capacity sailing — as measured by available lower berth days — than in 2019. And, in 2023, Carnival’s third Excel-class ship, Carnival Jubilee, is due to enter service from Galveston.

Factors driving demand

‘The excitement of the industry’s restart, our successful return of our entire fleet, the guest reaction to Mardi Gras, our loyal guest response to our 50th birthday this year, the support of our travel advisor partners — and of course, the amazing work of our Carnival team — have all contributed to the strong demand we are seeing, and this record-breaking booking week,’ Carnival President Christine Duffy said.

She added that all sales channels, including, travel advisors, the Carnival guest contact center and personal vacation planners, all contributed to the record results.

Australia news to come

With the restart of cruising in Australia now set, Carnival is finalizing plans for its return in Australia and will be announcing those details soon. As previously reported here, Carnival Splendor will be returning there in September.