Carnival Cruise Line likely to depart with vaccinated guests next month

Published on : Thursday, June 10, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line has finalised plans to return to guest operations from Port of Galveston on July 3 with Carnival Vista. This will be followed by the return of Carnival Breeze on July 15. These cruises are available for guests who have received their final dose of a CDC-approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination.

The rules are in accordance with current guidelines from the United States Centres for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). The other ship and port identified for a July restart is Carnival Horizon from PortMiami. Carnival continues to work with both the State of Florida and the CDC for Carnival Horizon sailings and plans to provide an update by Friday concerning protocols specific to these sailings to all booked guests.

Christine Duffy, President, Carnival Cruise Line said in a statement the company appreciates the progress and support for United States restart from the CDC and other key federal agencies; however, the current CDC requirements for cruising with a guest base that is unvaccinated will make it very difficult to deliver the experience guests expect, especially given the large number of families with younger children who sail with the line.

She informed that as a result the alternative is to operate ships from the United States during the month of July with vaccinated guests. Duffy also acknowledged the strong support of Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, and Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, as well as other state officials, in making vaccinations available to cruise line personnel, which has expedited the restart process. She also said the support of local officials, especially Miami-Dade mayor, Daniella Levine Cava, Galveston mayor, Craig Brown, and PortMiami and Port of Galveston leaders, has been instrumental in the restart efforts. Carnival also said it will be advising guests and travel advisors about its plans for August sailings over the coming days.

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