Carnival Cruise Line revealed yesterday in a statement that its bookings through the end of 2022 are “very solid”, after announcing on Friday that it had revised its pre-cruise vaccination and testing requirements.
“With the further alignment of protocols to other vacation choices, our guests are booking the remaining 2022 inventory and getting a head start planning for 2023,” said President of Carnival Cruise Line Christine Duffy.
“Mid-August is typically not a busy month for cruise bookings, but it’s clear that pent-up demand for Carnival has not been satisfied and guests are responding very favorably to our updated protocols.”
Cruise ship visitors represent the largest number of visitors to The Bahamas. Carnival is the world’s largest cruise line.
Guardian Business learned on Sunday that cruise lines have reached out to the Bahamian government asking for COVID-19 protocols to be further loosened to the benefit of their cruise passengers.
Unvaccinated visitors to The Bahamas are still required to present negative COVID-19 tests that are no more than 72 hours.
“Carnival announced simplified protocols last Friday that eliminated pre-cruise testing requirements for vaccinated guests, and eliminated the exemption request process for unvaccinated guests, who now will only need to show a negative test result at embarkation – effective for cruises departing on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 or later on voyages less than 16 nights,” Carnival said in its statement.
This paper reached out to Minister of Tourism, Investments and Aviation Chester Cooper on the outcome of the meeting with cruise line stakeholders. Cooper said he would reveal the details of the meeting after he has met with Cabinet about the matter.
In June, The Bahamas removed the COVID-19 testing requirement for vaccinated individuals entering the country, after the US announced that it would no longer require COVID-19 testing before entering the country.