MIAMI, Aug. 12,
2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Carnival Cruise Line today
announced protocol updates that meet public health goals but
recognize the evolving nature of COVID-19. With these changes,
America's Cruise Line is making it easier for more guests to sail
with simplified vaccination and testing guidelines, including no
testing for vaccinated guests on sailings less than 16 nights, and
eliminating the exemption request process for unvaccinated guests,
who will only need to show a negative test result at embarkation.
All new guidelines are effective for cruises departing on
Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 or later, and
- 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
- 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.
Note: Guests under the age of five years are
exempt from vaccination and testing requirements from the United States and under the age of 12 from
Voyages 16 nights and longer will continue to have vaccination
and testing requirements that are specific to the
itinerary. Requirements for long voyages and
destination-specific protocols are available on Carnival's Have
Fun. Be Safe. page on Carnival.com.
For guests who have a pending vaccine exemption application and
are awaiting confirmation for cruises departing Sept. 6 or later, the booking is confirmed unless
booked on a sailing that calls on Canada, Bermuda, Australia or if the voyage is 16 nights or
"Our ships have been sailing very full all summer, but there is
still room for more of our loyal guests, and these guidelines will
make it a simpler process, and make cruising accessible for those
who were not able to meet the protocols we were required to follow
for much of the past 14 months," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise
Line. "We've got lots happening, with Carnival Luminosa and
Carnival Celebration joining our fleet this November and more to
come in 2023. Whatever the ship, homeport or itinerary that
works for you, our great onboard team is ready to deliver a fun
vacation – something we all look forward to even more
Duffy added that Carnival is in the process of updating its
website, communications, and processes, and sharing more details
with guests and travel advisor partners to reflect these new,
simplified policies. "We appreciate the patience of our guests and
travel advisor partners as we update all materials, but the end
result is a very positive one for all who are looking forward to
cruising with us," she said.
For additional information on Carnival Cruise Line and to book a
cruise vacation, call 1-800-CARNIVAL, visit www.carnival.com, or
contact your favorite travel advisor or online travel site.
ABOUT CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE
Carnival Cruise Line, part of Carnival Corporation & plc
(NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is proud to be known as America's
Cruise Line. Since its founding in 1972, Carnival has
continually revolutionized the cruise sector, making a cruise
vacation an affordable and popular option for millions of guests.
Carnival operates from 14 U.S. homeports and employs more than
40,000 team members representing 120 nationalities. Carnival's
newest ship, Mardi Gras,
featuring the first roller coaster at sea, is the first cruise ship
in the Americas powered by eco-friendly Liquefied Natural Gas
(LNG). Carnival returns to Australia in October
2022 and will welcome four additional ships over the next
two years, including Carnival Celebration, which arrives to
Miami in November to close out
Carnival's 50th birthday festivities.
SOURCE Carnival Cruise Line