Carnival Cruise Line welcomes the unvaccinated on its cruises. Where is the trick?

Carnival Cruise Line welcomes the unvaccinated on its cruises. Where's the catch?

The world's second-biggest cruise line said late Friday that it would no longer require passengers to show evidence of a COVID-19 vaccine for everyone from September 6 flights, excluding flights departing from Australia and cruises of 16 nights or more.

Carnival also announced that vaccinated passengers will no longer need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test to board their ships at most locations. Testing will continue to be required for vaccinated passengers only prior to cruises to Canada, Bermuda, Australia and… Greece in accordance with local regulations in those countries, and for flights of 16 nights or more.

In addition, all unvaccinated passengers will still be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding. The test must be passed within three days before the start of the cruise.

Carnival set out a few clarifications about the new rules: 

Passengers under the age of 5 are exempt from all vaccination and testing requirements when departing from the US and up to 12 years of age — from Australia.

For voyages of 16 nights or more, route-specific vaccination and testing requirements will continue to apply.

“These recommendations will simplify pre-cruise procedures and make cruises accessible to those who have failed to comply with protocols which we have had to follow for most of the last 14 months,” — Carnival President Christine Duffy said in a statement.

Duffy added that Carnival is in the process of updating its website to allow more detailed information to be shared with passengers and travel agents.

Carnival announcement came just two days after the world's largest cruise line Royal Caribbean and subsidiary Celebrity Cruises announced they were waiving COVID-19 vaccination requirements for most flights, starting September 5th. Norwegian Cruise Line and subsidiaries Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Oceania Cruises last Monday lifted vaccination requirements for many flights from September 3, 2022.

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