Carnival Cruises imposes relaxing masks on March 1

(CNN) — Carnival Cruises will relax its mask rules.

A release of the masks indicated by the company will be recommended but not required on board departures from March 1 and after.

“We have had a very successful restart of guest operations thanks to the support of our guests, the commitment of our onboard team and the effective protocols we have in place,” said Carnival President Christine Duffy, in a press release.

Masks on board cruise ships have been a recurring topic since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

In August 2021, Carnival mandated mask-wearing in many interior areas of its ships following a “small number” of confirmed Covid cases aboard Carnival Vista, which departed from Galveston, Texas.
Another of the company’s ships, the Carnival Freedom, was denied entry to two Caribbean island ports in December after a few passengers tested positive for Covid-19.

At the time, Carnival confirmed that “a small number” of people on board were self-isolating due to the positive case. The Carnival Freedom was finally allowed to dock at the Amber Cove cruise terminal in the Dominican Republic.

Last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) moved cruises from the “very high risk” (level four) category to “high risk” (level three).

Under the designation, passengers are advised to “ensure you are up to date with your Covid-19 vaccinations before traveling on a cruise ship”.

The Carnival Corporation owns several major cruise lines, including Princess, Holland America, Cunard and Seabourn, which account for about half of the total number of cruises worldwide.

According to the company, 13 million passengers sail aboard a Carnival-owned ship in a typical year.

People watch the Carnival Liberty cruise ship leave Port Canaveral.


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