Carnival Adjusts Pre-Cruise Testing Requirements
Carnival Cruise Line is following on the heels with Royal Caribbean Group, as it has adjusted its pre-cruise testing requirements.
Fully vaccinated guests will no longer need to present a negative test prior to sailing on voyages five nights or shorter. On cruises six nights or longer, tests may be taken three days prior to departure.
Unvaccinated guests will need to take an antigen test within three days of embarkation, but no longer have to take another test at the terminal.
These changes go into effect on Thursday, August 4th.
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Norwegian Prima Delivered in Italy
Norwegian Cruise Line’s first Prima-class ship was delivered on Friday at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy. Norwegian Prima is the first of six Prima-class vessels, and is set to debut next month.
The ship features a 10-story slide, two infinity pools, a three-story racetrack, and a new buffet concept called Indulge Food Hall.
The other Prima-class ships are expected to be delivered through 2027.
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Royal Caribbean Switches Ships Around
And finally, Royal Caribbean is claiming that a new set of maritime rules is forcing some changes on a handful of its ships.
Brilliance of the Seas will be swapped with Enchantment of the Seas in the 2023 European season. This will also impact Voyager of the Seas, whose itinerary is now being replaced by Adventure of the Seas.
A note to booked guests says, “The International Maritime Organization recently shared new speed regulations we must adhere to and as a result, we’ve repositioned some of our ships for our upcoming 2023/2024 season.”
If you’re booked on one of those four ships, the line will contact you with options.
The new maritime speed limit regulation set by the IMO is designed to offset emissions by having ships calculate its annual carbon intensity and set speeds based on the carbon footprint.