Carnival Cruise Line has sent out expanded health measures in response to the growing Coronavirus which is spreading around the world.
Carnival Cruise Line Health Measures Expanded
In response to the growing concerns of the deadly Coronavirus which started from the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province, the cruise line has implemented expanded health measures to make sure guests and crew members remain safe at all times.
We already know the cruise line has banned any nationals from China, Macau and Hong Kong along with travelers who have been in close contact 14 days before embarkation. You can read our previous post regarding the restrictions by clicking here.
Here are the additional protocols implemented by Carnival Cruise Line:
- All guests must comply with standard pre-boarding health reporting at time of check-in.
- Conducting additional pre-cruise and in-terminal screenings and questionnaires.
- International travelers have been screened upon their arrival to the U.S., and have implemented secondary passport checks prior to boarding.
- Delaying the arrival of any crew members coming directly from China, Hong Kong, and Macau and not booking any crew members on flights connecting through these locations.
- Implementing onboard environmental disinfection measures, in addition to regular stringent cleaning and sanitation protocols.
So far there have been no issues concerning Carnival cruise ships with the Coronavirus as the fleet is mainly based in North America and the Caribbean. However, some guests have questions about seeing fellow guests wearing marks onboard. Carnival has commented that “It’s important to remember that some cultures wear masks as a routine matter when they travel” and guests should keep that in mind during their cruise vacation.
Carnival Cruise Line continues to work closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization WHO), in making sure proper procedures are in place to stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
So far the virus has infected more than 43,000 people around the world and killed 1,017. The Diamond Princess cruise ship which is also owned by the Carnival Corporation has had more than 150 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus as the cruise line is busy dealing with the situation there in Asia including canceling cruises.