Carnival Cruise Lines Announces July Restart
All guests will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to boarding and provide proof of vaccination. According to Carnival, this requirement means that guests who are not vaccinated, including children who are not yet eligible for a vaccine, will not be permitted to sail (except for certain exemptions, including those required by law).
“We appreciate the progress and support for our U.S. 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 our guests expect, especially given the large number of families with younger children who sail with us. As a result, our alternative is to operate our ships from the U.S. during the month of July with vaccinated guests,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Carnival continues to work with the State of Florida and the CDC for the Carnival Horizon anticipated restart in July from PortMiami. Details will be released by Friday to all booked guests as to the specific protocols for these sailings.
Carnival Cruise Line President, Christine Duffy, acknowledged both Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Gret Abbot for their strong support for the return to cruising as well as making vaccinations available to the crew and other personnel. Duffy further recognized local officials such as Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Galveston Mayor Craig Brown, and PortMiami and Port of Galveston leaders for their assistance in the return to cruising.
Prior to this restart announcement, Carnival release health and safety guidelines for these Galveston sailings as a part of its new 'Have Fun. Be Safe.' protocol. In addition to vaccine requirements, these new guidelines state the following:
- All guests will be asked to confirm their status as fully vaccinated for COVID-19 during check-in and provide proof of vaccination in advance of boarding.
- Guests who arrive at the embarkation terminal without the proper proof of vaccination will not be able to cruise, and no refund will be issued.
- Face masks for all forms of transportation are still required by the CDC; however, protocols are evolving and as changes are announced the line will share details.
- While guests will be vaccinated, Carnival will follow protocols and requirements for each destination while ashore. Carnival recommends having face masks available when traveling in port as local regulations will stipulate if they are to be worn.