Carnival Cruise Line receives OK from CDC on port plans for Florida, Texas cruises

Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corp.’s flagship line, may soon be able to set sail with passengers on board.

The cruise line is the latest to receive the green light from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention onportions of its restart plans as it prepares to set sail in U.S. waters after forming agreements with three home ports: Texas’ Port of Galveston and Florida’s PortMiami and Port Canaveral.

CDC guidelines say home ports must agree to support cruise operators with additional public health and operational resources before their ships can move forward with either test cruises or full guest operations.

“These agreements move us one step closer to sailing with our loyal guests,” Lars Ljoen, executive vice president and chief maritime officer for Carnival Cruise Line, said in the statement. “We appreciate the support from not just these three home port partners, but all of our home ports, that are eager to have us back as soon as possible.”

It was not immediately clear if Carnival plans to sail test cruises with volunteer passengers or full sailings with paying customers, the latter of which have more stringent vaccination requirements. USA TODAY has reached out for more information. 

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