Carnival Cruise Lines Opens Back Up!

Carnival Cruise Lines Open Back Up After a Long Awaited Time

November 10th, Carnival Cruise has announced that this weekend, its 7-day western Caribbean cruise will be departing from Port of Tampa starting Sunday, November 14th at 70% capacity!

AnneMarie Matthews, a Sr. Director, Communications at Carnival, told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay that the Pride vessel is sailing out at about 70% capacity. In accordance with CDC recommendations and Carnival’s “Have Fun. Be Safe” protocols, about 95% of guests on board Carnival cruises are fully vaccinated with only original vaxx records, a digital certificate from a health care provider or the government being accepted as proof. What’s more is that all unvaccinated Carnival cruisers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 72 and 24 hours prior to the sailing date. Unless they book a “Carnival sponsored bubble-tour,” unaxxed guests also cannot go ashore unaccompanied at ports of call. “The small number of unvaccinated guests are mostly made up of small children,” stated by AnneMarie. 

Until the new year, Carnival’s health protocol also makes exceptions for Tampa cruisers with a sincerely held religious beliefs and “teens and adults with a medical condition who can provide written confirmation from their medical provider that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.” 

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