Carnival Cruise Line responds to State Department’s advisory for citizens to not travel by cruise

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Carnival Cruise says they are not stopping cruises after the State Department advised citizens and those with underlying conditions to not travel by cruise ship, but more so updating their ship protocols for the health and well-being of their guests in relation to Covid-19.

Statement from Carnival Corporation:

” Our brands have enhanced their health screening protocols, which includes thermal scans, temperature checks as well as other actions, both prior to boarding and onboard our ships.

We are currently in discussions with the CDC, World Health Organization and other health officials, and we met as a cruise industry Saturday, March 7, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on an aggressive industry-wide response plan. The health and safety of our guests and crew is our highest priority, and cruising remains one of the most attractive vacation options available. ”

Carnival has also provided new coronavirus information for its guests which says they have updated their screening protocols and enhanced measures for the health and well-being of its guests and crew. These include enhanced screening procedures for guests who have traveled to certain restricted countries, taking all guest and crew temperatures prior to embarkation, measures we are taking in our cruise terminals and rigorous sanitizing procedures on our ships, along with tips for our guests to stay healthy onboard.

Carnival is also giving guests options if they decide not to take their vacation and incentives if they do cruise. If a guest chooses not to cruise for a booking now through May 31st, they are able to reschedule to a future trip, up to three days before sailing. If they still choose to sail then an onboard credit will be applied, the amount depending on the length of the cruise.

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