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Carnival Cruise Line Relaxes COVID-19 Protocols

Carnival Cruise Line is no longer requiring vaccines or testing for most of their cruises. The exception is those cruises of 16 nights and longer. 

Carnival Cruise Line updated its Have Fun. Be Safe protocols on Tuesday, October 25, to read:

“Cruises of 15 nights or less: Although vaccines are not required, we encourage all guests 5 years of age and older to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, when eligible, and carry proof of vaccination. Guests are considered fully vaccinated if they have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the sailing day (not counting embarkation day).”

“Cruises of 16 nights or more: All guests, age 18 and older, must be vaccinated, and boosted if they are more than 6 months past the last dose of their initial vaccine series. Unvaccinated guests will need to apply for a vaccine exemption when we are ready to start accepting requests for 2023.”

This means anyone can cruise! Less than 16 nights of course.

There are also still some requirements in place for Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos and Cartagena in Colombia. Those destinations do not allow unvaccinated guests 18 and older to disembark, and Bermuda is still requiring the $40 Travel Authorization and proof of travel insurance if unvaccinated, but cruising is becoming more normalized.

Carnival Cruise Line is following Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, and their sister company, Princess Cruises in removing protocols. 

You can find updates to COVID-19 requirements by cruise line here.

As always, check with your specific cruise line and cruise for the latest health and safety protocols.