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Carnival Australia reintroduces face mask policy across all brands


Effective today on all cruises currently in operation, the policy aims to address rising COVID infection levels in Australia

Face masks are again mandatory on all Carnival Australia brand sailings

Passengers on all Carnival Australia cruise ships in Australia must wear face masks indoors under revised Covid-19 guest protocols published overnight, which is in effect “until further notice”.

The policy applies to all sailings currently underway on Carnival Cruise Line, P&O Cruises Australia, Princess Cruises and Holland America Line and, unless changed beforehand, will apply to upcoming voyages on Cunard, P&O Cruises World Cruising and Seabourn departing from an Australian port.

Masks are not required when eating or drinking onboard or when passengers are inside their stateroom, the policy states, however must be worn during the entire embarkation and disembarkation process including large group settings where physical distancing is difficult, such as during muster drills.

Guests must also wear face coverings on buses and tender boats when off the ship and during indoor shore excursions.

The revised policy comes in line with rising COVID-19 infection rates across Australia, largely driven by Omicron sub-variants driving the nation’s fourth major wave.

Majestic Princess recently arrived for its 2022/23 Australian season.

Carnival Australia said passengers must continue to be fully vaccinated to sail on its vessels, unless a medical exemption is obtained, with the company saying its policy on what constitutes ‘fully vaccinated’ may change in line with government definitions.

Passengers aged 12 and over unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons can apply for an exemption, however bookings must first be fully paid, with refunds processed if an exemption is not granted.

Prior infection does not meet the Australian government’s criteria for medical exemption.

All passengers must take a self-administered RAT test within 24 hours of boarding or present evidence of a PCR test conducted within 48 hours before departure.

Traveltalk has approached Australia's other leading large scale cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises for updates on their current policies.

A spokesperson from Celebrity Cruises said its current policy was in line with advice from public health authorities.

"All Celebrity ships sail with a COVID-19 vaccinated crew. In keeping with country requirements in New Zealand and Australia, all guests aged 12 and over are required to be fully vaccinated to sail, and mask wearing is at guest’s discretion."

Norwegian Cruise Line said there has been no update to its policy on face masks, with guests encouraged to visit the 'Sail Safe' page on its website.

Traveltalk has also reached out to Royal Caribbean for current advice on its own onboard mask policies.

 


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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 18 November 2022

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