Carnival and Princess will drop vaccination requirement

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The Discovery Princess.
The Discovery Princess. Photo Credit: Princess Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line and sister brand Princess Cruises dropped vaccination requirements for cruises starting Sep. 6, and they ended precruise testing for vaccinated guests on most cruises. 

Both lines said precruise testing is no longer required, except for cruises to Canada, Bermuda, Greece and Australia, per local guidelines, and on voyages of 16 nights or longer. 

Unvaccinated guests can now sail with the brands, except for cruises in Australia or on cruises of 16 nights and longer, with the results of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within three days of embarkation. 

All policies are subject to local destination regulations. 

"These updated guidelines help ensure a Princess vacation is available to everyone," said John Padgett, president of Princess. 

Cunard keeps vax requirement

Sister brand Cunard Line eased its testing requirements but did not change its vaccination mandates. 

Cunard said that self-testing prior to travel will change from "mandatory" to "highly recommended" for vaccinated guests on the majority of sailings. Passengers on longer, more complex itineraries (16 nights or more and on specific voyages) will be required to have an observed or in-person antigen or PCR test with a "fit to travel certificate" prior to departure. Guests ages 16 and older must still be vaccinated to sail. 

The new guidelines apply to all Cunard itineraries sailing from Southampton, England, and all other departure points, with the exception of countries where government regulations and protocols may vary, including Canada and Australia.

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