Big Cruising Delayed in Texas
Cruise line passengers will have to wait a few more months to enjoy a Christmas holiday voyage on an innovative ship next year.
Carnival Cruise Line recently notified guests booked on the initial Carnival Jubilee of the postponement because of shipyard delays.
The ship's initial embarkation from Galveston, Texas, is now scheduled for December 23, 2023.
Guests and travel advisors have been notified of this change.
The 5,400-passenger Carnival Jubilee will become Carnival Cruise Line's third Excel-class vessel and the largest Carnival ship based at the Texas port.
"This is disappointing news, but with the notification from the shipyard, we are advising our guests as quickly as we can," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in a press release on December 9, 2022.
"We appreciate their understanding as we work to deliver another spectacular ship that will provide a vacation experience our guests deserve and will absolutely love."
From a health perspective, unvaccinated guests and virus testing are no longer required to apply for a vaccine exemption, except for voyages of 16 nights and longer departing through December 31, 2022.
Moreover, the U.S. CDC offered cruise ship passengers updated advice on November 3, 2022.
If your cruise line does not have a specific testing requirement, get tested as close to the time of cruise departure as possible (no more than three days before you travel). And get tested again after cruise travel, says the CDC.
This advice is based on the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spread quickly between people in close quarters on board ships.
These travel vaccines are available at certified clinics and pharmacies in Texas.
For complete information on Carnival's health and safety protocols, please visit Have Fun. Be Safe.
Carnival currently operates 24 ships, and the Carnival Celebration and Carnival Luminosa ships will begin guest operations in November 2023.
Carnival Cruise Line is known as America's Cruise Line for carrying more Americans and serving more U.S. homeports than any other.
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