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On Thursday morning, Carnival Cruise Line provided a big update, including further information on the next ships set to resume operations and procedures that have been extended through March 2022, as well as an update on Camp Ocean and exemptions.
Update on the Carnival Cruise Ship Restart
So far, the cruise company has reopened more than half of its fleet, with the Carnival Valor, which reopened in November 2021 from New Orleans, being the most recent vessel to do so. Carnival Legend will set sail from Baltimore on November 14th, while Carnival Pride will begin Carnival sails from Tampa on November 14th.
By the end of March 2022, Carnival hopes to have its full U.S. fleet cruising. For ships that have yet to begin service, the cruise company is making certain alterations.
The Carnival Ecstasy’s March 3 departure from Jacksonville has been canceled, and the ship will now resume service on March 7.
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Carnival Paradise voyages from Tampa on March 3 and 7 have also been canceled, with the ship resuming service on March 12, 2021. Both ships will continue to sail until the end of March 2022. From March 5, 2021, the Carnival Sensation will sail from Mobile.
The most recent Carnival ship restart update, which was announced in October 2021, can be seen here.
The other two afflicted ships are located in Australia, which is currently without a clear roadmap to reopening the cruise sector. Sailings on the Carnival Splendor have been canceled until March 4, 2021, and Carnival Spirit sailings have been canceled until March 6, 2022.
Exemptions for Carnival 2022 are now available.
Carnival Cruise Line has agreed to continue offering vaccinated sailings until March 2022. It does imply that measures must be maintained throughout the fleet to keep visitors safe, even when the CDC Conditional Sailing Order expires on January 15, 2022.
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However, the cruise operator is making some tweaks to the exemptions for unvaccinated passengers. Carnival had previously blocked requests for exemptions for sailings in 2022, but has recently reopened the possibility for sailings through March 31, 2022.
“Vaccine exemptions for Caribbean cruises will be limited to a very small number of children under the age of 12, as well as teens and adults with a medical condition who can provide written confirmation from their medical provider that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons,” the cruise line says.
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Only Carnival cruises departing from Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina, and Alabama are affected. “Vaccine exemptions for ships leaving from Long Beach, California will be recognized for children under 12 and as required by US federal law (in accommodation of medical reasons and honestly held religious convictions),” according to the cruise company.
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Exemptions are granted based on a ship’s capacity and to ensure that the number of unvaccinated passengers does not exceed the limit allowed. Exemptions will be granted relatively close to the sailing date, which may pose problems for passengers. The situation is still fluid, and many factors are dependent on which ports ships visit. Those who are granted an exemption must also adhere to different pre-cruise and aboard standards than those who are completely vaccinated.
Camp Ocean is Returning!
There is some good news for those waiting for Camp Ocean to reopen throughout the fleet, as Carnival Cruise Line has made improvements to its regulations that will last until March 2022.
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Carnival is reopening Camp Ocean now that US regulators have cleared immunizations for youngsters aged 5 to 11. Starting on sailings on December 10, 2021, the program will only be available to properly vaccinated children, with certain restrictions.
Guests on any affected sailings will receive a letter with more information, including refund options. Carnival Cruise Line’s substantial improvement comes on the heels of Royal Caribbean’s extension of its standards through March 2022.