Update: Carnival Cruise Line sent out the following statement regarding the new COVID protocols that were published on their website:
“In our haste to keep guests and travel agents informed, we posted some information that was not finalized. As we have said previously, guests should expect mask, testing, distancing and other protocols. We intend to provide more details over the coming weeks as we work to resume operations.”
You can read Carnival’s new travel alert on their website.
Original Article: Carnival Cruise Line updated their COVID-19 policies and procedures for cruises when they are able to resume service. From masks to testing, here is latest on Carnival’s new health policies on their cruise ships.
Do I have to be tested? All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 test between 5 days and 24 hours before embarkation. They will be required to show proof of a negative test in order to board the ship.
Guests must provide at check-in the original document confirming a negative test result that is legible, identifies the testing entity, date and type of test, and identity of the person signing the test result document.
Any guest who tests positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of sailing will not be allowed to cruise. This also includes those who have been in contact with someone who tested positive or is suspected as having COVID-19.
Do I have to wear a mask? All guests will be required to wear a mask while inside cruise ships. Exceptions include inside each stateroom and while eating and drinking seated at a table. Also, masks do not have to be worn while using cardio equipment.
Masks will be required on the outside decks of ships if social distancing cannot be maintained.
Gaiters and bandanas will not be allowed, and face shields are permitted when used with a mask. These requirements apply during all aspects of the cruise, including embarkation, shore excursions and disembarkation.
Can I explore ports on my own? During the early stages when cruises resume, you will only be allowed off the ship if you book an excursion through the cruise line.
All guests will have to comply with Carnival’s physical distancing, mask wearing and all other COVID-19 related requirements. Throughout the duration of the shore excursion, guests will be asked to remain with their cruise companions.
Will the entire ship be open? Public spaces will be limited and all venues will operate at a reduced capacity. Carnival Cruise Line may use a reservation system for their public areas, such as pools, gyms, casinos, restaurants, and bars.
Their physical distancing protocols will be in accordance with the CDC’s recommendations, which is defined at staying at least six (6) feet apart from other people who are not the guest’s cruise companions (family or immediate travel group).
Will the buffets be open? Yes, but service will be modified to eliminate or severely restrict self-service items. Carnival will have staff members in the buffet serving guests.
Will there be health screenings? Yes, all guests will be required to complete a health questionnaire 72 hours before embarkation. All guests will have their temperature taken before boarding the ship.
Temperature checks may also take place at various points during the cruise.
When will cruises resume? Carnival Cruise Line currently has all cruises canceled through the end of April 2021. However, it is unknown at this time exactly when they will resume.
Carnival will start sailing with a few cruise ships before gradually expanding service. The cruise line is working with the CDC and will begin cruises once they get the green light to do so.