Carnival Cruise Line said booking activity nearly doubled pre-pandemic levels on Monday 15 August after it announced an ease in COVID-19 testing requirements for passengers, sending its shares more than 3% higher.
The company's parent, Carnival Corp, said on Friday 12 August it would drop mandatory testing for guests vaccinated against COVID-19 and allow unvaccinated passengers to travel without an exemption in some cases, after a similar move by rival Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd.
"Mid-August is typically not a busy month for cruise bookings, but it's clear that pent-up demand for Carnival has not been satisfied and guests are responding very favorably to our updated protocols," Cristine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement on Tuesday 16 August.
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The cruise industry has bounced back in recent months from an over one-year-long sailing pause caused by COVID-19, but rising inflation and labor shortages pose risks to its outlook.