Carnival Cruises’ COVID-19 Policies Just Got a Major Update

Before you get ready to set sail, you should check these changes out.

Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line.
Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line.
Courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line.

Editor’s Note: We know COVID-19 is continuing to impact your travel plans. Should you travel now, be sure to familiarize yourself with the CDC’s latest guidance on domestic and international travel as well as local requirements, protocols, and restrictions for both your destination upon your arrival and your home city upon your return. Be safe out there.It was just the other month that major cruise companies like Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise Line announced that they were significantly easing up their COVID-19 policies, and now its nautical peers are following suit. Carnival Cruise Line dropped most of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions this week. But the changes the cruise line made to its policies are a bit more complicated than you may think.

Let’s start with the simple stuff. If you’re traveling with Carnival on a cruise that takes place over the course of 15 nights or less, the cruise line no longer requires proof of vaccination or COVID-19 testing prior to your departure.

Despite the change in policy, a spokesperson for the company was careful to note the importance of testing in an email to USA Today, stating that “irrespective of vaccination status, we encourage all guests five years and older to test three days prior to their cruise.”

Now here’s where it gets a bit more complicated. Those 18 years or older who are sailing on trips that span the course of 16 nights or more will still be required to be fully vaccinated. Under this same travel category, any passenger over the age of five will also have to have a PCR or antigen test taken within three days prior to sailing. Self-tests will not be accepted.

It might sound like a lot to digest, and that reference may be unsettling if you’ve recently seen Triangle of Sadness, but there’s a bit more ground to cover. Those traveling on cruises of 16 nights or more will also have to have received their booster shots if they received their primary shots more than six months ago.

If you’re unvaccinated, you’ll have to apply for an exemption. In a statement on their website, Carnival announced that said applications would be available at the top of next year.

One last caveat, if you’re traveling to Grand Turk or Colombia, proof of vaccination is required no matter how long, or short, your trip is. Those 18 years or older will also have to remain on the ship once it’s docked.

Check out the Carnival Cruise website for more details on the company’s policy changes.

Other major cruise lines are also revisiting their COVID-19 policies lately. USA Today noted that Princess Cruises made similar changes to Carnival last week, and Norwegian Cruise Line also eased up its vaccination requirements in August.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Jeremy Porr is a News Writer at Thrillist. Follow Jeremy on Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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