The cruise industry has been scrambling for weeks since the first case of the coronavirus was reported. Carnival Cruise Line has announced that they will be implementing a new, enhanced screening process to keep the coronavirus from infecting passengers and crew members on their ships.
As part of this screening, if a guest is determined to be contagious and not able to board at the terminal, he or she will receive a full refund. In addition, sick guests will be reimbursed for transportation to return home and will be given a 20 percent credit for a future cruise vacation.
Carnival ensures travelers that they are working closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to keep their screening procedures for illnesses updated. If a passenger has traveled to one of the effected countries, including China, Hong Kong, South Korea or Macau within 14 days of the scheduled cruise departure, he or she will not be allowed to board the ship and will be able to take advantage of the available refund policy.
Similarly, Crystal Cruises is offering passengers who fall under these restrictions or who are ill before boarding either a 100 percent refund or a 125 percent future cruise credit. However, unlike Carnival Cruise, these passengers must notify Crystal Cruises of their illness within seven days of departure. If they are outside of that seven-day window, they will be charged cancellation fees.
The cruise industry has no choice but to take this crisis seriously, especially after a Princess Cruise ship was quarantined for two weeks. The ship was kept in Yokohama Bay, Japan, with 3,700 passengers on board. It was reported that 700 guests on the ship were diagnosed with the virus. Passengers have since been evacuated and four passengers passed away due to the illness.
Carnival has assured the public that all its ships in North America and Australia have been inspected and are cleared to sail as scheduled. As of today, no voyages have been cancelled.
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