MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) – Carnival Cruise Line has announced that its ship will return to Mobile and set sail with passengers in the fall.
The Carnival Sensation is scheduled to enter service on October 21. This will be the first cruise from Mobile since the industry was shut down in March 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Sensation replaces the Fantasy which was retired from the Carnival fleet and sold for scrap in July 2020.
Carnival said unvaccinated passengers will be allowed on cruises, but all unvaccinated people, including children under 12, will be required to follow the guidelines.
First, all unvaccinated passengers will be given a COVID test before the cruise, and if the cruise lasts longer than four days, another test before getting off the ship. Unvaccinated passengers will also be required to pay a fee of $ 150 per person to cover the costs of tests, reports, and health and safety checks.
Masks will be required for unvaccinated guests in closed areas of the ship such as the Piano Bar, Game Room, Spa, Lounge, Casino, Fun Shops and Medical Center.
Carnival said the measures will be in place at least until October, but could be extended based on advice from medical and health advisers. Customers can change their reservation without penalty or request a full refund.