Carnival Cruise Line has said it will demand passengers provide proof of vaccination before boarding despite Florida and Texas passing laws prohibiting them.
The Miami-based cruise line announced sailings from the Port of Galveston, Texas with vaccinated guests, and said it was working with Florida officials for a ship to leave from PortMiami.
Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott recently banned businesses from requiring visitors to provide proof of vaccination and Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis of Florida, signed into law a ban on vaccine passports.
Here are the current rules for each cruise line:
- Carnival: Passengers must have received their final dose of a CDC-approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination.
- Princess Cruises: Princess is owned by Carnival and is expected to follow the same rules.
- Norwegian: All passengers will need to be vaccinated when operations out of Miami resume in August.
- Royal Caribbean: Guests are ‘strongly recommended’ to set sail fully vaccinated, but it is not mandatory for cruises out of Texas and Florida. Those who are unvaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be required to undergo testing. Passengers aged 16 and older on cruises from Seattle will be required to be vaccinated.
- Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Cruises is owned by Royal Caribbean and is expected to follow the same rules.
- Disney Cruises: Disney has not yet announced a vaccine policy for its US ships. Guests aged 18 and older must be vaccinated before embarking on its planned UK sailings.