As Carnival Cruise Line continues its successful restart of guest operations, it has advised boarded guests of temporary changes to masks and pre-cruise testing requirements after responding to the evolving public health situation.
Carnival will continue to operate vaccinated cruises in accordance with CDC regulations, including vaccinating its crew as well. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, and to follow the example of other similar sectors and venues – such as Nevada casinos and Disney theme parks as well as Broadway theaters – all Carnival cruise guests will be required to wear masks in certain indoor areas of the ships. From Saturday, Aug. 7, through Oct. 31, 2021, cruises departing under this policy will be subject to the new policy.
In addition, Carnival has added a pre-cruise testing requirement for all vaccinated guests. From Saturday, Aug. 14 through Oct. 31, 2021, fully vaccinated guests will have to show a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) within three days of embarkation. Testing via the terminal won’t be possible. Vaccinated guests are required to bring their negative test results and proof of vaccination for boarding.
In the case of non-vaccinated guests, the requirements previously communicated will continue to be followed, which includes PCR testing before boarding, testing prior to boarding, and testing within 24 hours after disembarking on cruises of five days or longer. Unvaccinated guests approved for an exemption are charged $150 for testing and health screening costs. For cruises departing from Florida and Texas, unvaccinated guests are also required to show proof of insurance.
“These new requirements are being implemented to protect our guests and crew while onboard, and to continue to provide confidence to our homeports and destinations that we are doing our part to support their efforts to protect public health and safety,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We expect these requirements will be temporary and appreciate the cooperation of our guests. Our first month of guest operations has been met with tremendous enthusiasm and very positive guest feedback, and we are committed to continuing our restart with both fun and safety in mind.”
Duffy further explained that Carnival will continue to make information available on its official website. She also expressed appreciation to travel advisors and public officials who continue to work closely with the company to support the line’s restart.