Carnival Cruise Line gasoline turn into the primary cruise line to set sail from the Port of Baltimore for the reason that industry-wide pause in operations final yr.
Carnival Pride has set off on a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas, visiting the favored locations of Nassau, Freeport and the non-public island of Half Moon Cay.
“We are thrilled to be back in Baltimore, providing our guests with the relaxing vacation they have been so patiently waiting for but also supporting the local economy and offering our crew members an opportunity to support their families back home,” stated Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.
Carnival Cruise Line launched the primary year-round cruise program from Baltimore in 2009 and since then has carried nicely over a million friends, making Carnival the primary cruise operator from the port.
“What a great day for the Port of Baltimore,” stated Port of Baltimore government director William Doyle.
“We have waited a long time to welcome back the Carnival Pride to Charm City.”
In November, a more moderen ship, Carnival Legend, will exchange Carnival Pride in Baltimore when Carnival Pride shifts to departures from Tampa.
At the identical time, Carnival Corporation has introduced a brand new initiative making pre-board testing extra handy and accessible for its friends.
The effort will facilitate entry to pre-cruise Covid-19 viral testing for friends of Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn at greater than 1,500 handy Quest Diagnostics affected person service centres and retail pharmacy testing areas all through the United States.
All friends with the traces, no matter vaccination standing, should current a damaging Covid-19 viral check taken not more than three days earlier than their embarkation, together with extra well being and security necessities.
Beginning immediately, and in accordance with CDC directives, all vaccinated friends should current a damaging Covid-19 viral check taken not more than two days earlier than their embarkation (for instance, if a cruise leaves on a Saturday, friends ought to schedule their assessments for the Thursday earlier than embarking).
“Access to testing continues to play an important role in the restart of our guest operations, and working with Quest simplifies the process for our guests by making it easier to access convenient testing options from a trusted national laboratory provider,” stated Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corporation.
“These testing protocols are part of our layered approach to safeguarding the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit.”