Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald said that cruise trips might first resume in China as the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.

China has lifted the lockdown in some parts of the country as the number of new Covid-19 cases decrease.

Donald said that China might be the first country to start sailing operations as many communities have resumed their businesses.

Donald added: “Because of that and that alone, it is possible that China could be one of the first markets where cruise can be renewed.

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“There are other issues, though, not the least of which is where the cruise is going to go.”

China was a vital source of business for Carnival and the company planned to base approximately 5% of its fleet in China by this year.

Cruise lines have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic due to many outbreaks on different cruise ships.

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Carnival Corporation owns nine cruise lines, Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises (Australia), Seabourn, Costa Cruises, AIDA Cruises, P&O Cruises (UK) and Cunard.

Earlier this month, Carnival Corporation announced plans to raise $6bn from senior secured notes and senior convertible notes amid the pandemic.

The Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, bought an 8.2% stake in Carnival Corporation.

Princess Cruises ships, Diamond Princess, Grand Princess, Ruby Princess and Coral Princess have reported confirmed cases on board and after disembarkation.

Australia has launched a criminal investigation into the Ruby Princess cruise ship.