Carnival UK has laid off one-third of its shore workers due to the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday, Carnival UK President Simon Palethorpe announced that about a third of shore-based staff will be leaving the company that day and that another “significant proportion” will be put on sabbatical.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected the holidays of our guests but it has also impacted every part of our business; our future deployment; the guest experience; our supply chain and our people on ship and on shore,” Palethorpe said in a statement. “We are devastated to have to take this action which has affected so many talented and dedicated colleagues.”
Carnival UK is owned by the Carnival Corporation. According to a financial filing in June, Carnival reported second-quarter revenues of $700 million, down from $4.8 billion last year. Carnival is the largest cruise company in the world with 104 ships across its nine cruise lines.
In May, Carnival Corp. laid off 820 people and furloughed 537 in South Florida out of a local workforce of roughly 3,000. The company also had two brand presidents depart from Carnival Corp: Seabourn’s Rick Meadows and Holland America Line’s Orlando Ashford. About 450 people were also laid off in the United Kingdom.