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Carnival Follows Royal Caribbean in Dropping Key Covid Rule

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Carnival Follows Royal Caribbean in Dropping Key Covid Rule


As the cruise industry continues to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more and more passengers are returning to ships to take a break.

For the most part, the process has gone well, but there are some frustrating legacy issues from the worst of the pandemic.

For example, there has been confusion over mask rules for different parts of the ship based on the vaccinations of passengers.

While this has largely been addressed, until recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needed to closely track coronavirus cases on ships.

Royal Caribbean International (RCL) – Get the Royal Caribbean Group reportCarnival Cruises (CCL) – Get Carnival Corporation Reportand Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) – Get Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd report All passengers aged 12 and over are required to be vaccinated and anyone boarding the ship of any age must provide a negative covid test taken no more than two days before sailing.

However, that’s changing as the CDC puts more demands on the industry.

Last week, Royal Caribbean said it would waive the testing requirement for vaccinated passengers on voyages of six days or less.

The move comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped tracking coronavirus cases on cruise ships and Virgin Voyages became the first cruise line to waive pre-cruise coronavirus testing.

Royal Caribbean Group owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Tui Cruises and Hapag Lloyd Cruises.

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Norwegian drop test requirements

Norwegian Cruise Line has informed passengers that as of August 1, 2022, vaccinated passengers sailing from any port other than U.S. ports, Canadian ports or Piraeus, Greece will be exempt from all pre-cruise COVID-19 testing Require.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd owns Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas.

Carnival gets into action

Now, Carnival is following suit.

The cruise line said in a letter to customers that after Aug. 4, it will no longer require “pre-cruise testing of fully vaccinated guests on cruise ships with itineraries of five days or less.”

It said pre-cruise testing could be done three days before departure for itineraries beyond this time.

Regardless of the length of the voyage, all unvaccinated travelers 2 and older must still “provide a negative laboratory-administered or supervised self-administered antigenic covid test conducted within three (3) days prior to boarding,” the company said. the result shown”.

It said it would announce more changes to its protocols soon, while warning that “all changes are subject to any requirements of the destination in the itinerary.”

Carnival Corp. owns Carnival Cruise Line, Aida Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, P&O Australia, Princess and Seabourn.

Covid restrictions, vaccination requirements, health protocols and travel guidelines may vary by cruise line.

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