Carnival Corp. Reintroduces COVID-19 Mandates on Australian Ships after Surge in Cases

Carnival Corp. is reintroducing vaccine and mask-wearing mandates aboard its ships in Australia due to a “rapid rise” in cases in the country. The cruise line announced the measures on 18NOV, saying that out of an “abundance of caution,” masks would be required in public indoor spaces and some outdoor settings, including events, during embarking and disembarking and on transfers. 

 

Additionally, 100 per cent of the crew and 95 per cent of pax over the age of 12 must be vaccinated. The final 5 per cent must have proof of an accepted medical condition preventing them from receiving a vaccine. All guests two years of age and over must take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of boarding, or a PCR within 48 hours and provide proof of a negative result, among other temporary measures including health screenings. 

The announcement comes shortly after a COVID-19 outbreak onboard Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess, which reported 800 of its 3,300 guests testing positive before it docked in Sydney the weekend of 12NOV.

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