Carnival Cruise Line has made several changes to the policies that govern mask wearing in the cruise terminal before and after the cruise.
Masks have always been mandatory in the terminal until this week. That has now been changed following a decision by a Florida judge, which overturned the CDC’s mask mandate earlier this week. Masks are now strongly recommended during the embarkation and disembarkation process.
Carnival changes mask policies
Although most people have no problem wearing masks, especially in busy environments such as cruise ships, some are eager to see them disappear. With the decision by US District Court Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle earlier this week, this moment is one step closer.
Carnival Cruise Line has already decided to modify its policies in force during embarkation and disembarkation. Where masks were mandatory during time in the terminal, they are now highly recommended.
John Heald, Carnival Cruise Line Brand Ambassador, said: “We recommend that customers wear face masks indoors, except when eating or drinking or in their own cabins, and at large outdoor gathering events where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Masks are strongly recommended during the entire embarkation and disembarkation process and on public transportation in a US port. Masks are mandatory in the medical center.
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He went on to say that while this is good news for many, some will also continue to wear a mask in the terminal and on board:
“So basically masks in terminals at all of our North American homeports are now recommended rather than required. This is good news for many of you but I also know that some of you will continue to wear a mask and please don’t be intimidated by others, you are doing what is best for you. you.
When it comes to Carnival cruise ships on board, the policy remains essentially the same. Additionally, customers should understand that the new policy does not mean masks are not required at ports of call outside of the United States. During the time spent in the overseas terminal, if local authorities require a mask, it must be worn.
No changes to vaccination rules
Those wondering if there are or will be any changes to Carnival Cruise Line’s vaccination policies will be disappointed to learn that there are none. Vaccinations remain an essential part of onboard health and safety protocols and a strict requirement at ports of call.
John Heald said of the vaccination policy that Carnival must follow: “It is not just us who need to change our vaccination rules, but the many places we sail that also only allow vaccinated guests to come ashore. This news however is another example that we are all on a journey to the home base of normalcy.
Cruise lines have worked hard to balance the rules and regulations set out by the CDC while keeping customers happy.
With millions of guests having already sailed this year and last year, they are certainly succeeding, despite the difficult circumstances.