MIAMI, Florida: Carnival Corp., the world’s largest cruise operator, is refraining from making decisions on whether to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for passengers before sailing, according to a company spokesman.
“We continue to monitor closely the evolution of the situation with vaccines worldwide,” the spokesman said in an emailed statement, quoted by Reuters.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a “no-sail order” for the U.S. cruise industry, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, the CDC updated its guidelines for resuming passenger travel in the summer, seeking vaccines against COVID-19 and reporting more frequently on coronavirus infections by cruise operators.
However, Carnival said the directive was “largely unfeasible and contrasted with the approach taken in other tourism and travel sectors”.
Carnival’s statement comes at a time when other cruise operators have announced plans to restart operations with vaccinated passengers.
Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd has said it will force travelers to be vaccinated according to a proposed plan to resume cruises to the United States in July.
Both Norway and the Royal Caribbean Group have also said they will require vaccination of passengers against COVID-19 while reopening cruises in the Caribbean later this year.