Carnival Cruise Line no longer requires passengers to complete public health questionnaires as part of line's check-in process. Instead, travelers will be asked to self-report illnesses without going through the formalities of answering health-related questions on paper.
Even as the policy is being rolled out, the company informed its travel partners of the change through a statement saying they had implemented "an improved pre-boarding health screening process," which is modeled after health information travelers see at airports.
The process removes paper pre-boarding health questionnaires and replaces it with health signage throughout the cruise terminal reminding passengers, visitors and contractors to practice hand hygiene and report any illness to a staff member.
For years cruise companies have relied on guests not only filling out the paperwork but doing so in forthright manner. Usually, those indicating they have been experiencing any of a number of symptoms are pulled aside for quick check-up, the results of which determine if the medical personnel believes travelers should be allowed to board.