Carnival Cruise Line changes Covid-19 protocols and welcomes unvaccinated

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Carnival Cruise Line changes Covid-19 protocols and welcomes unvaccinated
Source: Carnival Cruise Line
August 15, 2022

The company today announced updates to its protocol that meet public health objectives but recognize the evolving nature of the pandemic

With these changes, America's Cruise Line makes it easier for more passengers to sail with simplified vaccination and testing guidelines, including no testing for vaccinated passengers on voyages of less than 16 nights and elimination of the waiver request process for passengers. unvaccinated, who will only need to show a negative test result at the time of boarding. All of the new guidelines are effective for cruises departing on or after Tuesday, September 6, 2022, and include:

Vaccinated passengers must continue to provide evidence of their vaccination status prior to boarding. Pre-cruise testing is no longer required, except on cruises to Canada, Bermuda, Greece and Australia (depending on local guidelines) and on voyages of 16 nights or more.
Unvaccinated passengers can sail and are no longer required to apply for a vaccination exemption, except on cruises in Australia or on voyages of 16 nights or more.
Passengers who are not vaccinated or who do not present proof of vaccination must submit the results of a negative PCR or antigen test performed within three days of boarding.
All policies are subject to local destination regulations.

Note: Guests under the age of five are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements in the United States and those under 12 in Australia.

Voyages of 16 nights or more will continue to have vaccination and testing requirements that are specific to the itinerary. Long-haul requirements and destination-specific protocols are available on Carnival's Have Fun. Take Care of Yourself. page on

For passengers who have a pending vaccination waiver request and are awaiting confirmation for cruises departing September 6 or later, the reservation is confirmed unless booked on a voyage calling at Canada, Bermuda , Australia or if the trip is 16 nights or more. 

"Our ships have been sailing very full throughout the summer, but there is still room for more of our loyal guests, and these guidelines will streamline the process and make cruising accessible for those who were unable to adhere to the protocols required of us." ... continue for much of the last 14 months," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “We have a lot going on, with Carnival Luminosa and Carnival Celebration joining our fleet this November and more to come in 2023. Whatever ship, homeport or itinerary works for you, our great team on board is ready to help. provide you with a fun vacation - something we all look forward to even more today!"

Duffy added that Carnival is in the process of updating its website, communications and processes, and sharing more details with guests and travel advisory partners to reflect these new streamlined policies. "We appreciate the patience of our guests and travel advisory partners as we update all materials, but the end result is very positive for all who hope to travel with us," she said.


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