Cruising in the Covid-19 era
Prior to Covid-19, I was just starting to enjoy the cruise life. In fact, February 1st, 2020, I had sailed to the Bahamas from Miami. It would be my 4th cruise in total, and the last one before the pandemic and lock downs hit.
As I mentioned in a previous article, I solo travel a lot and found cruises, believe or not, to be a great option for a safe experience for single, especially female travelers.
The cruise industry took severe hits due to Covid-19. We can all remember numerous infected ships sitting off the coasts world-wide as cruise ships were the first super spreader events in the beginning of the pandemic.
The CDC put in place a no-sail order for a period of time while a framework was built in collaboration with the cruise industry to help avoid transmission of Covid-19 on ships.
Carnival Cruise Lines Have Fun- Be Safe protocols:
Carnival is again sailing out of the port of Long Beach/Los Angeles with “Vaccinated Cruises”. As of September 13, 2021, guests and crew are required to be fully vaccinated.
Vaccine exemptions for ships departing from Long Beach, California will continue to be accepted for children under 12 and as required by U.S. federal law (in accommodation of medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs).-Carnival Cruises
The company said vaccinated guests will also be required to get tested for COVID-19 within two days prior to the sailing date.
Guests will be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in our main dining rooms and in the Lido Buffet area and occasionally in other designated areas where larger number of guests may congregate-Carnival Cruises
The combination of Delta variant, hurricane season, and passenger hesitancy is making the prices of some of these cruises hard to pass up!
So, I recently booked a 4-day sailing in October. With the special discounts and being a Carnival member, in total including pre-paid gratuities and travel insurance, it was less than $600.
And this is for a Vista Suite, which is the best class of room on the boat, complete with a wrap-around balcony. Normally that would have been out of my price range.
I also booked an October sailing for a 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise on the new ship Panorama, for about the same price.
Pre- Cruise Covid-19 testing
As mentioned, you will need to provide a negative Covid test prior to sailing. There is a home kit and tele-health package you can purchase to accomplish this. See the video below:
Keep in mind this test has to be conducted with a tele-health professional in attendance and the results are given within 15 to 30 min. Here is another video showing the process in full:
There have already been “breakthrough cases” of vaccinated cruise passengers testing positive on ships, but it’s been small-scale isolated instances thus far.
Everything considered, especially the fact I will be locked away in my own private 2 room suite with a wrap-around balcony on one, and a balcony stateroom on the other, I do not foresee much of a need to mingle, gamble or see shows.
That's not what I normally do on cruises anyway. I simply enjoy being on the ocean.
Even though cruise lines continue ramping up sailings the CDC cautions that high-risk adults, no matter their vaccination status, should not cruise. This may or may not be a good time for you.
Stay tuned and FOLLOW ME- I'll surely be sharing how these cruises went in the future.
Have you gone on a cruise recently? Share your experiences in the comments below!