Two Carnival cruise ships returned to a popular Texas port on Sunday for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic halted the cruise industry more than a year ago.
The ships, the Carnival Breeze and Carnival Vista, arrived at the Port of Galveston, exciting local business owners who rely on sales from tourists who come to the city before heading out to sea, Click2Houston reported.
“People come in and fill up hotels before they go out on our cruises,” William Neumann, who owns the Shark Shack and the Playground, told the outlet.
They spend money in the retail shops and businesses down there,” he said.
Cruises in the US have been suspended for more than a year due to the pandemic.
But a return is near, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing last week that cruise lines could resume operations by mid-July.
Ships can begin limited sailings with passengers if 98 percent of its crew and 95 percent of its passengers are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.