Seven Carnival ships will resume their cruises in the fall with 95 percent vaccinated passengers. The maiden voyage begins September 12 with Carnival Pride from Baltimore.
3 Carnival Cruise Line ships will start sailing again in September, and 4 ships in October. Later, it is expected to launch more than half of the fleet, increasing the number of ships to 15.
Also, Carnival will continue to operate all of its ships as grafted cruises until at least October. That means at least 95 percent of travelers are vaccinated, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Authorizes operators to facilitate certain protocols for vaccinated passengers on ships with at least 95 percent vaccinated crew and passengers.
LIMITED EXEMPTIONS FOR PASSENGERS NOT VACCINED WITHIN 14 DAYS
Also, Carnival said exemptions for unvaccinated passengers will be available on a limited, capacity-managed basis within 14 days, with detailed additional costs and requirements for them.
4 additional ships will launch next month, Carnival Conquest from Miami on October 8, Carnival Freedom from Miami on October 9, Carnival Elation, Port Canaveral on October 11 and Carnival Sensation on October 21.
In other words, passengers are informed that there will be no voyages with these ships before these dates. In addition, cruises of Carnival Sunshine from Charleston, Carnival Ecstasy from Jacksonville and Carnival Liberty from Port Canaveral were canceled until October 31st. It is reported that the ships will start their Long Beach cruise on September 27.
SERVICE STARTS AT MARDI GRAS
Carnival President Christine Duffy said, “By the end of July, we will have five ships in our restart plan, including service delivery at Mardi Gras. “We see a great combination of strong demand and strong guest satisfaction scores based on the positive guest experience on board.”
EXTRA $150 CHARGE FOR PASSENGERS WITHOUT VACCINE
Carnival will continue to allow a small percentage of unvaccinated passengers per cruise, including children under the age of 12. However, these persons will be subjected to more than 4 days of pre-travel and pre-boarding tests and tests before they leave the ship. A $150 per person fee was set to cover the costs of reporting to places visited for testing and of health and safety screenings.
Requirements require that a negative PCR test performed 72 hours prior to the flight date be submitted at check-in. It includes performing an antigen test on board and retesting within 24 hours of disembarkation on long voyages. Only children under the age of 2 are exempted from testing requirements.
Those who have been in close contact with any passengers or crew who test positive for COVID-19 must undergo additional testing. Until Carnival’s medical team can determine this, they must be quarantined in their cabin.
Carnival limits the operation of supervised youth programs to vaccinated children and youth 12 years and older.
INSURANCE REQUIREMENT FOR UNVACCINATION FROM FLORIDA AND TEXAS
Unvaccinated passengers departing Florida from 31 July and Texas from 2 August are required to show proof of travel insurance based on demand from their destination. These additional measures will be implemented until at least October. However, it was reported that it could be extended according to the guidance of public health and medical consultants and the requirements of destination partners.
Carnival President Christine Duffy said:
“The decision to sail with grafted expeditions was a difficult one. We are aware that the suspension of voyages is disappointing especially for many families who love cruises. It is important to remember that this is a temporary measure given the current circumstances. We consulted with our medical experts and consultants. We have determined that this plan is best for the health and safety of our guests, crew and the destinations we bring our ships to. It is very important that we continue to maintain the trust of our destination partners so that we can provide our guests with the most convenient cruise experience and open our itineraries. As Carnival finalizes the number of vaccinated guests, exemptions for unvaccinated passengers will be available on a limited, capacity-managed basis within 14 days of departure. The more we book initially for cruises with fully vaccinated guests, the more exemptions we can offer to unvaccinated guests and sailors who have already booked.”
PLANNING TO RETURN THE ENTIRE FLEET BY THE END OF THE YEAR
Carnival said it plans to bring its entire fleet back into service by the end of the year, adding, “Rebuild our business for the benefit of our guests, employees and tens of thousands of businesses and local businesses connected to our company.”
Reserved customers and travel advisors are informed about the plans for returning ships, cruise cancellations, and the process customers are asked to follow to confirm their vaccination status or apply for exemption from the vaccination standard.
Passengers who want to change their plan, can’t wait to see if they’re exempt, or fail to meet vaccination standards can change their booking with no penalty or request a full refund.
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