Like all larger shipping companies, Carnival Cruise Line is currently preparing intensively for the restart. The market leader plans to resume its cruise program from the ports in the USA from the beginning of July – initially with four ships.
After the extensive requirements of the US health authority CDC were met, the company has now started to vaccinate crew members against Covid-19 and bring them back on board. The starting shot will be given on July 3, 2021 in Galveston, Texas, where the Carnival Vista will set off on one-week cruises to the western Caribbean with stops in Belize and Cozumel (Mexico).
On July 4th, the Carnival Horizon follows with a series of six- and eight-day cruises from / to Miami in the western and southern Caribbean and from July 15th the Carnival Breeze also from / to Galveston with five-day short trips to the western Caribbean. After all, from July 27, Alaska is the destination of the Carnival Miracle on eight week-long cruises from / to Seattle.
For the Alaska cruises it has been certain for some time that all guests must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. For the time being, Carnival has only published guidelines for the month of July for cruises from / to Galveston. Accordingly, the shipping company will require proof of a Covid 19 vaccination from 95 percent of the guests.
You don’t have to wear masks or keep your distance. In addition, the shipping company wants to allow a “small number” of unvaccinated children under 12 years of age. The reasoning of the actually very family-friendly company is understandable: On cruises without mandatory vaccinations, significantly stricter measures would apply, which would be problematic for children in particular.
“The current requirements for cruises with unvaccinated guests would make it very difficult to deliver the experience our guests have come to expect – especially given the large number of families with younger children traveling with us. Therefore, our alternative is to operate our ships in the US in July only with vaccinated guests, ”explains Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line.