On Tuesday evening, Carnival Cruise Line released detailed protocols for its sailings out of Galveston, Texas this summer.
What You Need to Know Sailing Carnival
Cruises from Galveston are only available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and can provide proof of vaccination.
According to Carnival’s website, this means that all guests — including children who are eligible for vaccinations — will need to have been vaccinated and be able to provide proof of such. The site adds, “This means that, regrettably, guests who are not vaccinated, including children who are not yet eligible for a vaccine, will not be permitted to sail.”
READ: Carnival Sets Return Date for Caribbean Cruises
Carnival goes on to say that all guests will need to provide proof of their vaccination status during check-in. “It’s important for guests to come prepared,” they say, “as those who arrive at the embarkation terminal without the proper proof of vaccination will not be able to cruise and no refund will be issued.”
Masks May Still Be Required On Board
As of now, it appears that guests will be required to wear masks while on board. The site says that “face masks for all forms of transportation are still required by the CDC,” adding that “protocols are evolving and as changes are announced, we will share more information as soon as possible.”
As for the ports the ships visit, Carnival says that “while guests will be vaccinated, we will follow protocols and requirements for each destination while ashore.” The line goes out of its way to point out that “these restrictions are under the control of local governments and are subject to change without advance notice.” As a result, they “encourage guests to come prepared for potential mask requirements ashore.
Carnival Vista will be the first ship to sail from Texas on July 3rd, followed by Carnival Breeze later in the month. Carnival Horizon is also scheduled to sail out of Miami, Florida in July, but the line has not released the official sail date, nor have they given protocol specifics for that sailing.
Last month the line released protocols for Alaska sailings from Seattle, which also will be requiring that guests be fully vaccinated with no exceptions.
READ NEXT: Three Carnival Brands Announce 2021 Alaska Sailings