Carnival Cruise Line Changes Pre-Cruise COVID-19 Testing Protocolsby Dori Saltzman /
As of August 4, fully vaccinated cruisers embarking on a Carnival cruise of five nights or less will no longer need to provide proof of a negative pre-cruise COVID-19 test. At the same time, cruisers on sailings of six nights or longer will be able to conduct their test three days before departure instead of two.
All unvaccinated guests, ages 2 and older, must continue to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of sailing. Guests must have the test done before arriving at the terminal, as the line will no longer provide in-terminal testing for unvaccinated guests.
Carnival continues to require all cruisers, ages 5 and older to be vaccinated. A limited number of vaccine exemptions are available and are capacity-controlled based on the total number of vaccinated guests projected to be onboard.
According to the cruise line, more changes will be announced “shortly.”