Carnival Corporation & plc is a strong and resilient organization, and I’m honored to be president and CEO and to be working with the best in the industry. Some of our nine brands have been around since the 1800s and together we have centuries of history and experience. We have seen good times and we have also weathered many storms, both literally and figuratively, as a company. It seems in any given year we face challenges – hurricanes, typhoons, geopolitical tensions and occasionally disease scares like Ebola, SARS and Zika. And now, in August of 2020, we continue to face COVID-19, an unparalleled global pandemic.
At Carnival Corporation & plc, our highest responsibility and top priorities are compliance, protecting the environment, and the safety, health and wellbeing of our guests, the people in the communities we touch, and our crew members. As of the time of this report, our nine world-leading cruise lines have voluntarily and temporarily paused cruise operations around the world.
During this time we are working in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as other global health experts, to develop enhanced procedures and protocols to further elevate our already high standards for health and safety onboard our ships. When the time is right to resume cruise operations, we are committed to providing our guests with a safe and healthy environment based on the latest advancements in health protocols. These comprehensive restart protocols will include key areas such as medical care, screening, testing, mitigation and sanitization that will address arrival and departure at cruise terminals, the boarding and disembarkation process, onboard experience and shore excursions.
We remain deeply committed to our goal of protecting the health and safety of everyone and we aspire to deliver unmatched joyful vacations for our guests, always exceeding their expectations while driving outstanding shareholder value. We are committed to a positive and just corporate culture, based on inclusion and the power of diversity. We operate with integrity, trust and respect for each other – seeking collaboration, candor, openness and transparency at all times. As part of our sustainability strategy, we strive to be an exemplary corporate citizen, leaving the people and the places we touch even better.