Carnival Corp. will facilitate access to pre-cruise Covid-19 testing for passengers of Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Seabourn at more than 1,500 Quest Diagnostics service centers and retail pharmacy testing locations throughout the U.S.
The initiative aims to make pre-board testing more convenient and accessible for its guests and comes as a rise in cases of the delta variant have made it more difficult to scheduled testing in many parts of the U.S.
"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," said Roger Frizzell, chief communications officer for Carnival Corp., in a statement. "These testing protocols are part of our layered approach to safeguarding the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we visit."
Currently, all guests, regardless of vaccination status, must present a negative Covid-19 viral test taken no more than three days before embarking the Carnival Corp. brands in the U.S. Beginning Sept. 13, in accordance with CDC directives, all vaccinated guests must also present a negative Covid-19 viral test taken no more than two days before their embarkation.
Passengers can schedule testing with Quest at more than 1,500 locations, including Quest Diagnostics patient service centers and select Walmart and retail pharmacy locations throughout the U.S. Appointments are required and may be scheduled online via secure link provided by Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line or Seabourn. Carnival said results are typically available within 48 hours via email or mobile application.