Cruise and Ferry Review - Summer/Spring 2020

1 1 KEYNOTE Bringing people together Arnold Donald explains to Rebecca Gibson how strong partnerships are empowering Carnival Corporation to exceed guest expectations, reduce its environmental impact and drive economic success for ports and destinations worldwide W hen the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of a new flu-like coronavirus named COVID-19 as a global health emergency, cruise companies like Carnival Corporation knew they had to act fast. Within hours of the declaration, they had proactively implemented mandatory health screenings that were more stringent than for any other mode of transportation. Ever since, they have been collaborating with global and national health officials, government agencies and many others to ensure they are able to protect guests and crew as they sail around the world. Carnival Corporation has been in constant consultation with health authorities and its in-house medical teams, which comprise some of the world’s foremost infectious diseases experts, to ensure guests and crew remain safe on the 107 ships in its AIDA Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises Australia, P&O Cruises UK, Princess Cruises and Seabourn brands. Forming strong partnerships to overcome challenges and achieve common goals is something Carnival Corporation is no stranger to. In September 2019, for example, it worked with cruise companies,