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U.S. covid regulations on cruises not workable, says Carnival

Robert Besser
11 Apr 2021, 14:49 GMT+10

MIAMI, Florida: Carnival Corp, the world's largest cruise operator, is refraining from picking sides on the question of making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for passengers prior to sailing, according to a spokesperson for the company.

"We continue to closely monitor the evolving situation with vaccines globally," the spokesperson said in an emailed statement, quoted by Reuters.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a "no-sail order" for the US cruise industry, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last week, the CDC updated its guidance for resuming passenger voyages in the summer, seeking COVID-19 vaccinations and more frequent reporting of coronavirus infections from cruise operators.

However, Carnival said the guideline was "largely unworkable and stood in stark contrast to the approach taken in other travel and tourism sectors".

Carnival's statement comes at a time when other cruise operators have announced plans to restart operations with vaccinated passengers.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd has said it will make it compulsory for travelers to be vaccinated under a proposed plan to resume US cruises in July.

Both Norwegian and the Royal Caribbean Group have also said they will require passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as they reopen cruises to the Caribbean later this year.

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