Carnival Cruise Line announced plans to resume travel from Texas starting in July.
The company’s Carnival Vista ship departure from Galveston on July 3rd, and its Carnival Breeze ship will follow on July 15th.
However, Carnival passengers will need to prove that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding.
On June 10, the cruise line confirmed that it will require proof of vaccination from passengers, despite a new state law banning vaccine passports signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on June 7th.
On a interview with FOX BusinessCarnival spokesman Vance Gulliksen said the cruise line has revised Texas law and determined that it “provides exceptions for when a company is implementing COVID protocols under federal law.”
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently requires that at least 95% of cruise ship passengers and crew be fully vaccinated to board. Cruise companies wishing to book unvaccinated passengers must take test cruises before being allowed to resume operations.
In a statement, Carnival said it plans to comply with CDC vaccination guidelines.
“CDC’s current requirements for cruises with an unvaccinated guest base will make it very difficult to deliver the experience our guests have come to expect, especially given the large number of families with young children who sail with us,” said Christine Duffy, President of Carnival Cruise Line . “As a result, our alternative is to operate our US ships during the month of July with vaccinated guests.”
Miami-based Carnival also hopes to relaunch Florida cruise operations in July, but the State of the Sun recently passed a law that prohibits companies from requiring proof of vaccinations from customers. The cruise company is working with state officials and the CDC to find a solution to the conflict.
Florida has threatened to sue cruise companies trying to enforce CDC vaccination guidelines.
In response, Royal Caribbean International rejected plans to require vaccinations for passengers. The company will now only “strongly recommend” that customers be vaccinated prior to shipment.
Royal Caribbean has received permission from the CDC to conduct a test cruise in late June.