Cruise News Today — November 5, 2021 [VIDEO]

Carnival Cruise Line to Offer Limited Pre-Cruise Testing at Port

Carnival Cruise Line will be trying out pre-cruise testing at the port for a limited time.

The option will be available to vaccinated passengers booked on November cruises only, and reservations will be required. The test will cost $100, and Carnival has requested that its guests use this as a last-resort option only.

Passengers are also encouraged to use the Abbott BinaxNOW home tests with eMed telehealth service to avoid the stress of scheduling an appointment in their hometown.

STORY: Carnival Cruise Line Rolls Out Limited Pre-Cruise Testing

Norwegian Cruise Line Changes Final Payment Policy

Norwegian Cruise Line has made a couple of changes to its policies. 

The line has modified its final payment policy for upcoming voyages. Previously, final payment was due 90 to 120 days before the cruise. Depending on the length of the voyage, that has been reduced to 60 days before sailing.

As well, the line recently announced the cancellation of select January, February, and March sailings on Norwegian Sky, Spirit, and Sun.

By the end of 2021, Norwegian Cruise Line anticipates having 11 of its ships back in service. 

STORY: Cruise Line Says Strict Vaccination Policy Is Here to Stay, At Least For Now

Carnival Breeze Rescues Passengers on Distressed Sailboat

And finally, Carnival Breeze came to the rescue of a sailboat in distress on Wednesday evening.

Around 1 am local time the ship’s navigational team received a mayday call from a sailboat while on its way back to Galveston. Acting swiftly, the crew launched a boat to check on the distressed sailboat. A guest who watched the rescue unfold said that three people and two dogs were rescued, and it appeared one man had a broken foot but the others seemed to be in good shape. 

Carnival Breeze was returning to Galveston, Texas after a four-night western Caribbean cruise. 

STORY: Carnival Cruise Ship Rescues Distressed Sailboat Passengers [VIDEO]

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