You May Want To Hurry Up & Book That Carnival Cruise

You May Want To Hurry Up & Book That Carnival Cruise

Carnival Cruise Line announced Friday that bookings have nearly doubled since announcing relaxed COVID protocols for sailings of less than 16 nights .

Under the new protocols, which go into effect September 6, pre-cruise testing requirements for vaccinated guests have been eliminated. In addition, non-vaccinated guests now only need to show a negative COVID test at embarkation. Previously, non-vaccinated guests needed to apply for a medical exception.

Guests under the age of five are exempt for cruises departing from the United States. For Australian cruises, guests under the age of 12 are exempt.

“We have previously disclosed strong occupancy projections for the summer, and our bookings through the end of 2022 have also been very solid,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “With the further alignment of protocols to other vacation choices, our guests are booking the remaining 2022 inventory, and getting a head start planning for 2023. Mid-August is typically not a busy month for cruise bookings, but it’s clear that pent-up demand for Carnival has not been satisfied and guests are responding very favorably to our updated protocols.”

All new guidelines are effective for cruises departing on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 or later, and include:

  • Vaccinated guests must continue to provide evidence of their vaccination status prior to embarkation. Pre-cruise testing is no longer required, except for cruises to Canada, Bermuda, Greece and Australia (per local guidelines), and on voyages 16 nights or longer.
  • Unvaccinated guests are welcome to sail and are no longer required to apply for a vaccine exemption, except for cruises in Australia or on voyages 16 nights and longer.
  • Unvaccinated guests or those who do not provide proof of vaccination must present the results of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within three days of embarkation.
  • All policies are subject to local destination regulations.

Feedback on the policy change has been mixed. In one Facebook cruise group, an argument about the pros/cons of this issue garnered thousands of comments within the first few hours.

Duffy reiterated that Carnival remains committed to the health and safety of guests, crew, and the communities it visits, and will continue to work with medical experts and public health officials to refine its protocols responsibly.

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