Carnival Cruise Line (CCL) has claimed that it will become the largest cruise ship operator to use the VeriFLY solution for its US homeport operations.
A pilot programme started recently for guests boarding ‘Mardi Gras’ at Port Canaveral.
CCL also said that it was finalising plans to expand its in-terminal testing capabilities for vaccinated guests prior to embarkation, specifically for short itineraries of three- and four-day voyages.
The cruise line confirmed that it will continue to operate under its current protocols, sailing vaccinated voyages, requiring pre-embarkation testing and following on board indoor mask requirements, until further notice.
VeriFLY by Daon is now widely used in the airline industry. This system allows CCL’s guests to upload their proof of vaccination and testing information so that it can be verified in advance of a sailing.
Once the Port Canaveral trial is completed, CCL said it intends to move quickly to implement the solution across its fleet.
Once these expanded test facilities are implemented, vaccinated guests will be able to meet the pre-cruise testing requirement as part of the embarkation process.
Pre-registration will be required and there will be capacity limits based on the testing providers resources. Testing sites to support short itinerary cruises will be phased in and announced by the end of this month.
Carnival also said it intends to follow its ‘Have Fun. Be Safe’ operating protocols until further notice.