Following on the heels of Royal Caribbean’s decision yesterday to no longer require Covid testing for passengers on short cruises, Carnival today followed suit. A press release issued Friday afternoon said Carnival Cruise Line is “adjusting certain protocols to reflect the lifting of CDC requirements for the U.S. cruise industry.”
Effective Thursday, August 4, 2022, and “subject to any requirements of destinations on the itinerary” they are:
• No pre-cruise testing for fully vaccinated guests booked on cruises with itineraries 5 nights or less.
• Pre-cruise testing for itineraries 6 nights or longer can be conducted three (3) days before departure.
• There will be no in-terminal testing for unvaccinated guests on the day of departure, but all unvaccinated guests ages 2 and older must provide proof of a negative result of a lab-administered or supervised self-administered antigen COVID test taken within three (3) days before embarkation.
“More changes will be announced shortly,” the company said.
Norwegian Cruise line has not yet announced any changes.