The Carnival Sunshine crew greeted their first passengers onboard with a special welcome conveying the excitement in restarting operations from the port of Charleston. The liner departed on a 4-day roundtrip to Nassau (Bahamas).
Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said they had been sailing from Charleston for 12 years, so they were excited to be back offering passengers from all over the southeastern U.S. "the opportunity to cruise from this beautiful, historic and charming community, all while providing support to the local economy.”
Carnival Sunshine is operating year-round from Charleston with a variety of cruises to the Caribbean and Bahamas.
With a total of 19 ships now in passenger operations and its remaining 3 U.S.-based liners scheduled to restart in March, Carnival continues to implement a set of public health protocols: all of the line's sailings are vaccinated cruises, all passengers must show proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of boarding, face masks are worn by all tourists and crew in all venues onboard, as well as other enhanced health and safety measures.