Carnival Corp has offered $3.5bn more in debt to help make principal payments on billions of dollars in loans attained to survive a pandemic that has halted business since March.

The Arnold Donald-led owner of 87 ships on Wednesday priced the private offering of the 5.75% senior unsecured notes due 2027, expected to close on 16 February.

The notes will pay interest semi-annually on 1 March and 1 September of each year, beginning on 1 September 2021, at a rate of 5.75%