Miami, May 11 (EFE) .- The Carnival shipping company said Tuesday that it expects to resume its cruise operations in Florida and Texas (USA) next July, with three ships in total, after a pause of more than a year. year due to the pandemic.
Carnival Cruise Line, based in Miami, also canceled the rest of the July trips in US ports while negotiations with health authorities continue.
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC, in English) have conditioned this reactivation to the vaccination of 98% of the crew and 95% of the passengers, among other measures.
“We are working diligently to resume shipping in the United States and comply with CDC guidelines,” Carnival said today in a statement.
Carnival expects to begin operating Carnival Vista and Carnival Breeze, in Galveston (Texas), and Carnival Horizon, in Miami.
“We continue to have constructive discussions with the CDC, but we still have many unanswered questions,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said today.
Last week, the Norwegian company pointed out that the Caribbean could be an option for its operations in case they must comply with a new Florida law that prohibits the use of a covid-19 vaccination passport.
For the sake of “freedom and privacy,” the order signed by Governor Ron DeSantis prohibits any government entity from issuing vaccine passports and prevents companies from requiring such documentation from consumers.
This measure is, however, contrary to the federal directive of the CDC that conditions the reactivation of cruise ships, possibly in July, to the vaccination of the crew and passengers.
Norwegian has said it plans to start a 100% vaccination mandate for cruise ship passengers.
The CDC also announced this month that it will allow cruise ships to take test trips with volunteer passengers.
According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), which represents 95% of companies with oceanic cruises, between March and September 2020 these companies had global losses of 77,000 million dollars, 23,000 million in salaries and 518,000 jobs.
Carnival further detailed that if it can find a solution to allow cruise ships to visit Alaska, Carnival Miracle will take over some of Carnival Freedom’s departures from Seattle.
Late last week, the company reported that Carnival Splendor’s hiatus outside of Sydney was extended for another month, as it canceled trips from August 19 to September 17, 2021.