Ever since one of Carnival’s British brands announced it would only allow vaccinated people into the country, there have been a lot of questions about whether Carnival Cruise Line is complying. The cruise line’s brand ambassador gave a very clear picture of the situation, which is nothing like P&O’s in the UK.
Carnival Cruise Line brand ambassador John Heald clarified a few things Thursday morning after some confusion in the cruise community. The decision came after P&O’s sister company announced that only vaccinated customers would be allowed to return home.
Many guests asked online if Carnival Cruise Line was also planning to introduce the vaccine. Hald clarified that no decision had been made yet, and even repeated this several times:
Many of you have written to me in the last 24 hours about the announcement of one of our sister companies Carnival Corporation and PLC, the brilliant P&O Cruise Lines. They are now announcing on the 22nd some routes that will apply to UK citizens across the country.
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P&O unveiled its new offer from Southampton on March 17, but the routes will actually start booking from March 22 at 8.30am local time. P&O has also clarified vaccination requirements for all customers, who will need to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival at the cruise terminal.
But they said they would demand that the British citizen be vaccinated. In the UK this is not a major problem because we have made a lot of progress with vaccination and most people are willing to be vaccinated.
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However, Heald said the situation in each country is very different and cruise lines make their own plans for each country.
Heald continued to speak:
So this is a big step forward for the cruise industry, but the question you are all asking me is whether Carnival will charge the same. We are certainly encouraged by the progress of the vaccine and what it means for the improvement of public health and for the recovery of the cruise industry and, of course, of tourism.
Some cruise lines, not just P&O, may decide to create a country-specific cruise program where vaccination is mandatory, as P&O does here in the UK.
The situation around the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remains volatile, which is part of the reason why cruise lines like Carnival have not yet reopened. At this time, the Miami cruise line has not made a decision on vaccines:
So that’s the important thing, Carnival Cruise Line didn’t make that decision or that announcement. Our decisions are based on the advice of our worldwide medical and scientific experts, and on the requirements of the places we may serve and visit.
Carnival will continue to inform guests and we already know practically that it will be introduced in June 2021.
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By the end of the year, the fleet should be back in service, and we can look forward to the new Mardi Gras and Carnival Radiation. Heald ended the conversation about Carnival’s decision:
Nevertheless, we hope that vaccination will continue at a steady pace based on the scientific evidence currently available, as vaccination is the best way to combat the COVID 19 pandemic, and we will of course keep you all informed of any changes in our plans.
All eyes will be on Carnival Cruise Line, especially as the list of cruise lines requiring vaccinations gets longer. A few days ago, Virgin Voyages announced a vaccination program for guests and crew.
Norwegian Cruise Line has already extended its suspension through June, so on that front many expect the other major cruise lines, including Carnival, to continue operations.
frequently asked questions
Will Carnival cruises for 2020 be cancelled?
Carnival Cruise Line is canceling all of its 2020 cruises. Carnival’s current list of cancelled cruises includes departures from all US home ports through December 2020. In addition to Carnival Cruise Line, other Carnival Corporation brands are involved in the cancelled cruises.
What happens if my Carnival cruise is cancelled?
Passengers on cancelled trips can choose between a full refund or a credit towards a future cruise worth 125% of the fare paid for the cancelled trip. The credit can be used for any trip up to 31. December 2021.
Why don’t you ever go on a cruise?
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