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Carnival adopts VeriFLY, plans in-terminal COVID testing for short cruises

Carnival Cruise Line plans to implement the VeriFLY app and is finalizing plans for in-terminal testing of vaccinated passengers on short cruises.

Carnival also said it will continue to operate under current protocols, sailing at least 95% vaccinated voyages, requiring pre-embarkation testing and following onboard indoor mask requirements until further notice.

VeriFLY by Daon is used by travel companies including Viking, American Airlines, British Airways, Aer Lingus and Hyatt. It will allow Carnival cruisers to upload their proof of vaccination and testing information so that it can be verified in advance of the sailing, resulting in a streamlined embarkation experience at the terminal. 

Pilot program starts Saturday at Port Canaveral

A VeriFLY pilot program will start Saturday for passengers embarking Mardi Gras at Port Canaveral. Once the Port Canaveral pilot is complete, Carnival intends to move quickly to implement the solution across its fleet.

Expanded terminal testing for short cruises

Carnival is also working to expand testing capabilities at the terminal for vaccinated travelers, specifically for three- and four-day cruises. Once this is implemented, vaccinated passengers will be able to meet the pre-cruise testing requirement as part of the embarkation process.

Pre-registration will be required, and there will be capacity limits based on the resources of testing providers. Testing sites to support itineraries will be phased in and announced by the end of January.

Carnival also said it intends to follow its Have Fun. Be Safe. operating protocols until further notice. Passengers and travel advisors will be receiving more details on operations for February and beyond over the coming days.

To date, Carnival has 19 of its 22 US-based ships in guest operations, sailing from eight homeports on the Atlantic, Gulf and West coasts.


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