On Monday, the Carnival Splendor departed from Seattle on an eight-day Alaskan cruise, making the 23rd and final ship in Carnival Cruise Line’s fleet to re-enter service.
“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,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival Cruise Line’s president.
To mark the occasion, the cruise line hosted a “Back to Fun” event at the Port of Seattle to welcome the guests onboard. Duffy was there to watch as the Carnival Splendor’s box on a tally board listing the 23 Carnival ships was checked off.
Duffy also said she was excited for the cruise line to expand their program in Alaska, with the Carnival Spirit and the Carnival Miracle joining the Carnival Splendor on voyages to the state this season. With the three ships itineraries, it is now the largest-ever cruise program for Carnival sailing to Alaska.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down the cruise industry two years ago, the Carnival Vista was the first ship in Carnival’s fleet to resume sailing when it left out of Galveston, Texas on July 3, 2021.
Ten months later, the cruise line was able to bring back the rest of its fleet, making it the first US-based cruise line to do so.
Norwegian Cruise Line will have its full fleet back in service on May 7, with Royal Caribbean following on May 23.