VIDEO: CCL-Carnival Cruise Line NOT to mandate COVID vaccine once sailing begins?

   March 26, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

CCL-Carnival Cruise Line is not developing plans for sailings entirely outside the USA, as some other major cruise companies are, CCL's President Christine Duffy said in a video.

She added a decision had not been made regarding a vaccine requirement and was hopeful cruising would restart in the USA by summer 2021.

“Here at Carnival Cruise Line, we currently do not have any plans to move our ships away from their U.S. homeports. I have always said Carnival Cruise Line is America’s cruise line. We sail from 14 U.S. homeports, 50 percent of our itineraries are less than seven-day sailings and a significant number of our guests drive to their Carnival cruise vacation. We also sail more families and children than any other cruise line and, as you know, so far the vaccines are not approved for anyone under the age of 16.”

CCL is instead focused on restarting from the USA.

“As more Americans are vaccinated, our focus is on securing a decision that will allow for a resumption in cruising from our U.S. homeports consistent with the expected return of other forms of travel for the summer, but with the promise that all Americans who want to vaccine will have access to one by the end of May. We are optimistic that we will see travel resume in time for summer.”