Carnival Cruise Line became the latest cruise line to lift pre-cruise testing on short cruises following the sunsetting of the CDC’s Cruise Ship Covid Program.
Effective for embarkations on or after August 4, Carnival dropped pre-cruise testing for fully vaccinated passengers on cruises of five nights or less. Pre-cruise testing for itineraries of six nights or longer can be conducted three days prior to departure.
For unvaccinated guests, there will be no in-terminal testing on the day of departure, but they must provide proof of a negative result of a lab-administered or supervised, self-administered rapid Covid test taken within three of embarkation.
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Carnival said more changes would be announced shortly and are subject to any requirements of destinations on the itinerary.
The decision comes one day after Royal Caribbean Group dropped pre-embarkation testing for cruises of five days or fewer for vaccinated passengers, starting Aug. 8, to all the cruise lines in the group: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity and Silversea.
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