Carnival Cruise Line, one of the world’s largest cruise companies, announced Monday that it plans to resume North American trips in midsummer with a very limited fleet. 

Starting Aug. 1, the company is preparing to end its freeze on trips during the pandemic, with eight ships embarking on cruises out of Miami, Port Canaveral in central Florida and Galveston, Texas. 

“We are committed to supporting all public health efforts to manage the COVID-19 situation,” Carnival, which is incorporated offshore in Panama, said in a statement. “We are taking a measured approach, focusing our return to service on a select number of homeports where we have more significant operations that are easily accessible by car for the majority of our guests.”

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