Carnival Cruise During COVID – The Clackamas Print


Student Katie Skibba is sailing during carnival during the pandemic. Photo by Katie Skibba.

Cruise vacations – what other vacations can you unpack once, visit multiple locations, and have unlimited food and entertainment just steps from your room?

They seem like the perfect vacation, or at least until the COVID-19 pandemic strikes and hundreds of people get stranded on ships as the virus makes its way into cabins.

The cruise industry was one of the first to shut down in the world, unsure of when it might return; the United States went 15 months without a ship leaving one of our own home ports.

From that point on, we started to see more and more businesses start their reboots. With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the form of the Conditional Shipping Order, appropriate health and safety protocols have been established, with each company tailoring them to its customer base. Whether it’s traveling with all passengers vaccinated, encouragement to get vaccinated, mask requirements, or capacity limits, there is certainly a pandemic style of cruising for everyone.

“The cruise this year has been a whirlwind of emotions. Some things are different and had to be adjusted, much like everything else after COVID, ”Josh Hocum of CRUISE WITH JOSH said in an email.

I myself was able to sail Carnival Horizon from Miami, Florida almost three months after I was able to start cruising on July 2, 2021. I cannot deny that I have relied on several cruise vloggers who were able to jump on it. ships at the start of the reboot so I can get a feel for what I would be up for.

One of the concerns I had was whether I would have access to the pleasure of meeting all kinds of people and making new friends. I didn’t know if I would have this chance if no one wanted to be with strangers. As someone who would sail solo this definitely got me guessing about a cruise during Covid.

Another complication was the constant changes in pre-cruise and on-board requirements. Should I wear a mask or take a COVID-19 test, and will the result go back in time? Still, the chance to cruise for the first time in nearly two years was too enticing to pass up.

Due to the federal mandate to wear masks on all forms of public transportation, ships are not completely maskless areas.

They are also not exempt from the improved health checks upon boarding, but take responsibility for encouraging customers to make sure they distance themselves socially and use disinfectant where possible.

Hocum said: “On the other hand, there are also some really big changes, like a stronger emphasis on hand washing, which I think we can all do more of, even off the cruise ship. With today’s cruise you will notice things that have changed, policies that have been updated and schedules adjusted for more time and spacing; However, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the fun, upscale service you’ll receive every time you step aboard.

On my six-day cruise to Bimini, Bahamas, Half Moon Cay and Amber Cove, Dominican Republic, I didn’t once feel the negative impact of the changes. If anything, there have been some much-needed changes, like the infamous rallying exercise. Gone are the days of cramming the entire ship onto decks or open sites, instead you follow the briefing on the Carnival Hub app and then proceed to your assigned station for the life jacket demonstration.

Before leaving, the ship’s staff made a final aerial announcement to speed up the procedure. While all of the nighttime deck parties remained in place, I can’t deny that I missed the near-nightly atrium parties. Overall, I spent most of my days relaxing and finally enjoying my long awaited vacation. As I predicted, the socialization aspect fell short of the bar from previous trips, but that was to be expected.

As someone who works a lot with the public in my job, I probably felt the most secure I could have since the start of 2020.

I wasn’t the only one feeling that way. “I also didn’t expect to feel this safe on a ship,” Cruise Tips TV’s Sheri Griffiths said in an email. “Since May, I have traveled by air, visited hotels and resorts, and experienced dozens of travel and flight locations. The only place I feel safer than a cruise ship (maybe) is my own home. Right now, there is simply no other travel industry that is held to the safety and health standards that cruise ships are required to meet. ”

Overall, navigating a pandemic world is just as fun and memorable as it was before the break on duty. In fact, I will be boarding the Carnival Panorama in December and look forward to another amazing vacation.