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Carnival’s CEO Wants a Level Playing Field for Travel and Tourism

Arnold Donald says that cruises are just as safe as other forms of transportation, but subject to much tighter restrictions.


Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Carnival Corp.’s U.S. business has been halted by a yearlong ban on cruises from U.S. ports. Chief executive officer Arnold Donald questions the fairness of restricting cruises while allowing other travel modes with less-stringent health protocols.

Donald has been CEO of Carnival, the world’s largest cruise company, with nine lines, since 2013. Carnival’s eponymous U.S.-based unit said on April 6 it may consider moving its ships from U.S. home ports. The U.S. later said it might allow restricted cruising by midsummer.