On Carnival Corporation’s first quarter earnings call and business update, Josh Weinstein said, “The wave season has been phenomenal.”
It was the end of February that Weinstein said had been the best for bookings, and it has continued into March.
He stated, “We continue to break new booking records every week in North America for our Carnival brand.” For the past six months, booking volumes in North America have surpassed 2019 levels.
Carnival Venezia, recently renamed Costa Venezia, is an example of the new Carnival Italian Style concept.
She is scheduled to start revenue service from New York from June after undergoing her Carnival conversion to Navantia. In the third quarter, Weinstein reported that the vessel was closer to 100 percent occupancy.
Moreover, Weinstein said that demand for the company’s European brands had increased as well.
A recovery cycle is catching up to it in comparison to the U.S. market. In all regions, demand is improving.”
As a result of strong close in demand and a lengthening of the booking curve, European brands saw record booking volumes in the first quarter, according to Weinstein.
Asia is about two years behind Australia in terms of the recovery cycle. Before the pandemic, about one million guests traveled to China, Weinstein noted.