Carnival & Costa Further Strengthen Precautionary Coronavirus Measures

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

Carnival Cruise Line and Costa Cruises have joined other cruise lines in announcing additional precautionary measures to secure the health of their guests and crew during the coronavirus outbreak.

Both cruise lines say all guests who have travelled to China in the last 14 days prior to their embarkation day will not be allowed to sail. This measure is accordance with guidance received from Cruise Lines International Association.

The Bahamian government has also informed cruise lines that guests who have been to China in the last 20 days before their arrival date in the Bahamas will not be allowed to disembark in a Bahamian port of call. 

In a news release, Carnival stated: "If you or your clients have been to China in the last 14 days prior to embarkation day or if you or your clients are booked on a Bahamian itinerary and visited China in the last 20 days prior to your scheduled arrival in the Bahamas, please contact Guest Services at 1-800-CARNIVAL so we can discuss your situation and handle as appropriate."

Carnival adds that all guests and travel advisors with impacted sailings have been advised. Advisors can refer to letters that have been distributed to guests with bookings on any Bahamas and non-Bahamas sailings through 3FEB, 2020. 

Both cruise lines say they are monitoring the spread of the coronavirus closely and maintain close contact with international and local health authorities. 

Measures that Costa Cruises has already been adopting for the past few weeks include the introduction of a medical form for embarking passengers and pre-boarding health screening, with temperature checks for anyone expressing symptoms. Any reports or detection of symptoms of illness during pre-boarding screening can be managed by medical professionals to allow for informed decisions on a case-by-case basis whether a guest or crewmember will be unable to board.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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