Carnival Cruise Line has confirmed that it will return to guest operations with Carnival Vista sailing from Port of Galveston on July 3, 2021.
The Carnival Vista sailing will be followed by the return to operations of Carnival Breeze on July 15. The other ship and port identified for a July restart is Carnival Horizon from PortMiami. The cruise line continues to work with both the State of Florida and the CDC for Carnival Horizon sailings and plans to provide an update soon concerning protocols specific to these sailings to all booked guests.
The cruises will be available for guests who have received their final dose of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination, in accordance with current guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“We appreciate the progress and support for our U.S. restart from the CDC and other key federal agencies,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in a press release statement. “However, the current CDC requirements for cruising with a guest base that is unvaccinated will make it very difficult to deliver the experience our guests expect, especially given the large number of families with younger children who sail with us. As a result, our alternative is to operate our ships from the U.S. during the month of July with vaccinated guests.”
Carnival is working with local officials to expedite the restart process and intends to advise guests and travel advisors about its plans for August sailings over the coming days.
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