The Covid pandemic has forced cruise lines to release most of their crew, regardless of which crew was required to keep the ships running. As the July 2021 return to service approaches, Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) Royal Caribbean International (RCL) And every other cruise line had to support staff.
This was a challenging process as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention required that all crew members be tested, vaccinated and quarantined once they board the ships. Add to that the fact that global travel was chaotic, with rules varying from country to country, and the huge challenge the entire cruise industry faced was getting enough staff to work.
Covid is also requiring cruise lines to have stricter crew rules than they did before the pandemic. For months, crew members were not allowed out of their ships in port and their movement was restricted even on board their ships. Crew bars are closed, parties have been cancelled, and the work that has always been tough is getting more and more difficult.
This, in addition to challenges in obtaining visas for workers, has led to a shortage of crew and some difficult choices for cruise lines. Carnival has not been immune to this and has had to give up some beloved activities, close its surcharge Italian restaurant, and not hold certain events because it simply didn’t have enough workers to provide everything it had to offer before the pandemic.
Carnival Cruise Line brought back most things
Carnival, Royal Caribbean and the rest of the cruise industry have returned to their closest regular employees in part because the CDC has dropped its virus-related oversight of the industry. This allowed life on board to return to what was akin to pre-pandemic normal for crew members, making signing the contract an even more attractive proposition.
In addition, the US Department of State is working with cruise lines to expedite the visa process. This allowed Carnival to bring back nearly every event, party, and service it had canceled due to staffing issues.
The cruise line has reinstated afternoon tea service and reopened the Italian restaurant Cucina Del Capitano. He has also brought back the fine dining experience of Chef’s Table.
Now, the cruise line has a definite date to return one of its most beloved family experiences to its cruise ships.
Carnival brings back Dr. Seuss green eggs and breakfast
Before the pandemic, Carnival offered a one-off special breakfast on a cruise featuring characters from Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham,” including Cat in the Hat. This extra-fee experience featured a Seuss-inspired menu (yes, they do serve green eggs and ham) with a modest price tag of $10 per adult and $8 per child.
Breakfast has not been served since the cruise line stopped sailing due to the Covid pandemic, but it is being widely returned on October 1.
“Guests are encouraged to fill their imaginations, as well as their appetites, as the whole family embarks on a breakfast consisting of part meal and part excursion into the deliciously eccentric world of Dr. Seuss,” the cruise line shared in a press release. “Reviving the popular Dr. Seuss children’s books, Breakfast features special looks and meet and greet photo opportunities with favorite Dr. Seuss characters, helping to create unforgettable memories regardless of age.”
The breakfast is part of a broader partnership between Carnival and the famous author’s house. This program will also return (albeit shortly).
“In addition to Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast, Seuss at Sea fleetwide offers youth, family, dining and recreational activities inspired by The Amazing World and the words of Dr. Seuss, such as Seuss-a-Palooza Story Time (beginning November 1), Dr.