More and more people are returning to cruises to recharge from their regular routines as the cruise industry recovers from the covid epidemic.
The entire process has gone smoothly, but there have been some frustrating carryovers from the worst of the epidemic.
Depending on the vaccination status of passengers, there has been ongoing confusion about mask rules in different sections of ships.
Although this has completely been resolved, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had to monitor covid cases on ships until recently.
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Those dynamics are changing, however, as the CDC tightens its regulations on the pharmaceutical industry.
Royal Caribbean announced that it would no longer need vaccinated passengers for six days or less.
Virgin Voyages became the first cruise line to discontinue pre-cruise covid testing after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped tracking covid cases on cruise ships.
Royal Caribbean Group owns Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Tui Cruises, and Hapag Lloyd Cruises.
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Norwegian has dropped its test requirement.
Norwegian Cruise Line has informed passengers that all pre-cruise covid testing requirements would be waived starting Aug. 1, 2022.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. owns Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas.
Carnival Makes a Move
Carnival is now following suit.
After August 4, the cruise line announced that it would no longer require"pre-cruise testing for fully vaccinated guests booked on cruises with itinerary of five days or less."
Pre-cruise testing for itineraries longer than that could be done up to three days before departure.
Unvaccinated travelers aged 2 and older must "provide proof of a negative result of a lab-administered or supervised self-administered antigen covid test taken within three (3) days prior to embarkation," according to the company.
Additional modifications to its protocols will be announced in the near future, while stating that "all adjustments are subject to any destinations on the itinerary."
Carnival Corp. is owned by Carnival Cruise Line, Aida Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, P&O Cruises, P&O Australia, Princess, and Seabourn.
Depending on cruise lines, covid limits, vaccination requirements, health protocols, and travel guidelines, there may be differences.