Carnival ship transformation put on hold

Carnival Cruise Line is suspending work on the Carnival
Victory’s refurbishment in Spain. After a $200 million overhaul, the ship is to
be renamed Carnival Radiance.  

The ship is drydocked in the city of Cadiz. Carnival said
that travel restrictions have made it difficult to secure workers. 

The Carnival Radiance’s four European sailings and
transatlantic crossings have been canceled and guests are being notified. The Radiance
has been scheduled to make its debut on April 29 with a 10-day Mediterranean
sailing from Barcelona. 

The company did not give details on compensation for
canceled cruises.

The Destiny-class vessel is to get 115 additional cabins and
new bars, restaurant and kids clubs. The ship will accommodate 2,998 passengers
at double occupancy when the work is done.

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Carnival Corp offers use of ships as floating hospitals coronavirus

Carnival Corp. has offered use of its ships as temporary
hospitals for non-coronavirus patients to free up space at land-based hospitals
to treat patients with Covid-19. 

President Trump announced at a press conference on Thursday
that he had spoken with Carnival Corp. chairman Micky Arison on Thursday
morning. “He’s going to make ships available,” he said.  

The president has already ordered that two Navy hospital
ships be deployed to areas hits hard by coronavirus. The USNS Comfort will head
to New York Harbor and the USNS New York will be dispatched to a location on
the West Coast. If needed, the Carnival ships could supplement those efforts. 

“In addition to the big medical ships that you have coming,
if we should need ships with lots of rooms, they will be docked at New York and
Los Angeles and San Francisco, different places, so I want to thank Micky
Arison. That’s Carnival Cruise Line,” the President said. 

In a statement shortly afterward, Carnival Corp. said that
select ships from its many brands — including Carnival Cruise Line, Holland
America Line, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises Australia — would be made
available to help with a possible shortage of land-based hospital beds. 

“As part of the offer, interested parties will be asked to
cover only the essential costs of the ship’s operations while in port,” the
company said. 

“If needed, cruise ships are capable of being quickly provisioned
to serve as hospitals with up to 1,000 hospital rooms that can treat patients
suffering from less critical, non-Covid-19 conditions,” Carnival Corp. said. 

Temporary cruise ship hospital rooms can be quickly
converted to accommodate remote patient-monitoring devices over the ship’s
high-speed WiFi network, the company said. The ships would be capable of
providing cardiac, respiratory, oxygen saturation, and video-monitoring
capabilities. Rooms have bathrooms, private balconies and isolation
capabilities if needed.

The company said the ships would be able to provide up to
seven intensive care units in their onboard medical centers with central
cardiac monitoring, ventilators and other medical devices.

Carnival said various decks could house multiple medical
functions, the company said.

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