Carnival Cruise Lines said on Thursday it has announced it has booked a round-trip cruise to the Panama Canal with 1:1 crew aboard the Panamanian ship “Panama” as part of a campaign to improve its safety record.
The cruise was originally scheduled for January but Carnival said on Wednesday it would hold the ship’s maiden voyage in March 2019.
The cruise is the first in a planned series of Caribbean cruise trips starting in March.
“Panama is the most dangerous cruise ship in the world and we are going to continue to work to improve our safety record,” said the cruise line’s president and chief executive, Jim Stearns.
Carnival has a long-standing reputation for safety.
In 2016, the ship was fined $8.6 million for failing to comply with cruise-control regulations.
In 2017, Carnival said a woman on board was attacked and nearly killed by a ship-to-shore life raft.
The Costa Concordia cruise ship sank in 2015 with nearly 300 people on board.
In a statement, Carnival called the cruise ship “one of the world’s most dangerous cruises.”
Carnival also said it would review the safety record of the ship and the crew to determine if further changes are needed.
Panama, the second-largest cruise ship operator in the Caribbean, is a popular destination with international travelers and the Caribbean has seen a surge in cruise ship traffic.
Carnival is scheduled to operate five of its scheduled Caribbean cruises in 2019.
A Carnival spokeswoman said the ship is being refitted for the new route.
(AP: Jose Luis Gonzalez/Associated Press)