Carnival Cruise Line has announced that it has made select ships in its fleet available as temporary hospitals to treat non-Coronavirus patients.
In a special update, the cruise line stated:
“During a time of uncertainty we, along with Carnival Corporation & plc, are proud to step in and help communities combat the impacts COVID-19 has had so far.
“We will be making select ships available as temporary hospitals to treat non COVID-19 patients freeing up additional space and expanding capacity in land-based hospitals.
“We are one big Carnival family and your support from around the country continues to make a positive impact.
“Be safe everyone.”
The initiative is evidence of how the cruise industry is adapting to the current situation by offering services and support to help struggling health services.
It is understood that Saga Cruises has also offered two ships as temporary hospitals, including Spirit of Discovery and Saga Sapphire.
Both ships could provide space for more than 2,600 patients in separate cabins and have onboard medical facilities.