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Carnival: COVID curbs relaxation doubled cruise booking activity

Carnival: COVID curbs relaxation doubled cruise booking activity
Carnival: COVID curbs relaxation doubled cruise booking activity
Written by Harry Johnson

Carnival announced simplified protocols last Friday that eliminated pre-cruise testing requirements for vaccinated guest

After announcing last week that it was revising pre-cruise COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements that will allow more guests to sail, Carnival Cruise Line said today that its booking activity for Monday, August 15 was nearly double the level for the equivalent day in 2019.

Carnival announced simplified protocols last Friday that eliminated pre-cruise testing requirements for vaccinated guests, and eliminated the exemption request process for unvaccinated guests, who now will only need to show a negative test result at embarkation – effective for cruises departing on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, or later on voyages less than 16 nights.

“We have previously disclosed strong occupancy projections for the summer, and our bookings through the end of 2022 have also been very solid,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.

“With the further alignment of protocols to other vacation choices, our guests are booking the remaining 2022 inventory, and getting a head start planning for 2023.  Mid-August is typically not a busy month for cruise bookings, but it’s clear that pent-up demand for Carnival has not been satisfied and guests are responding very favorably to our updated protocols.”

Duffy reiterated that Carnival remains committed to the health and safety of guests, crew, and the communities it visits, and will continue to work with medical experts and public health officials to refine its protocols responsibly.

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Carnival Cruise Line, a part of Carnival Corporation & plc, operates from 14 US homeports and employs more than 40,000 team members representing 120 nationalities

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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