USA When cruises resume in July, after more than a year of being shut down due to the epidemic, Carnival officials said most passengers will still be required to show proof of COVID-19 immunizations.
Governor Greg Abbott’s signed a “vaccine passport ban” law on Tuesday, which declares that no Texas Company or organization can ask a consumer to produce evidence of immunization.
According to Carnival officials
“We are evaluating the legislation recently signed into law in Texas regarding vaccine information,” said a Carnival spokesperson in a statement emailed Wednesday to KHOU 11 News. “The law provides exceptions for when a business is implementing COVID protocols by federal law which is consistent with our plans to comply with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s guidelines.”
Carnival officials claim that the criteria allow them to accommodate a small number of unvaccinated passengers, such as children under the age of 12 who are unable to receive vaccines, as well as exemptions needed by federal law, based on the total number of vaccinated passengers on board.
Those who have not been vaccinated will be required to undergo testing, wear a mask, and adhere to other requirements. Carnival is requesting them to add their names to an online list so that they can be contacted.
The information was shared with guests sailing from Galveston in July, according to a spokesperson for KHOU 11 News.
On those Texas cruises, at least 95% of participants will be completely vaccinated. They must receive their final dose at least 14 days before boarding this ship and present proof at check-in.
Passengers have until June 14 to rebook if they decide this arrangement isn’t for them.
On July 3, the Carnival Vista will resume passenger service from the Port of Galveston, followed by the Carnival Breeze on July 15.