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Health Concerns

Published 03/12/2015 02:01 AM   |    Updated 04/24/2018 08:47 PM

Carnival Cruise Line maintains the highest sanitation standard and we are committed to doing all we can to safeguard the health of our guests and crew.  

In addition to aggressive public health and sanitation protocols, we have well-trained and experienced medical staff with sophisticated reporting and communication capabilities on board that can assist and prevent the introduction and/or spread of any infectious disease. Working together with Cruise Lines International Association ( CLIA) and public health agencies around the world, including the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who assists the cruise ship industry to prevent and control the introduction, transmission and spread of infectious illnesses on cruise ships, Carnival Cruise Line has established extensive sanitation and medical procedures, which are in place onboard each vessel, that are extremely effective in maintaining a healthy onboard environment.

All guests, embarking crew and pre-approved visitors are required to complete a pre-boarding health questionnaire. For ships sailing from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Long Beach and Barcelona, the questionnaire is provided electronically at embarkation. For guests sailing from all other embarkation ports, the questionnaire is included in the guests cruise documents. We request that guests print the questionnaire, fill it out completely just prior to arrival at the cruise terminal and submit it prior to checking in. Our onboard medical staff is always available to conduct additional medical screening if any concerns arise during the embarkation process. Anyone who has an illness of public health concern will be thoroughly examined by our medical staff. If their health condition may put the rest of the guests or crew at risk, they may not be permitted to sail.

Our onboard medical centers also have sufficient supplies of medications, medical equipment and appropriate diagnostic test kits, as recommended by the CDC.

In case you develop any health concerning symptoms prior to embarking the vessel or during your cruise, please do not hesitate to ask for medical attention or call our friendly medical staff if you are onboard the vessel.  

As you already know, the best precaution and preventative measure is to wash hands frequently, such as before eating, after using the restroom and at opportune times throughout the day. Purell hand sanitizers are effective in conjunction with a good hand washing practice. Information on good hygiene practice is also provided to all guests and broadcasted on in-stateroom televisions.

If you have already developed any health symptoms, the best precaution to stop any transmission to your loved ones is to seek and ask for professional medical attention. Our medical team is on standby 24/7, onboard each and every vessel, and medical attention can be provided at any time, either in the medical center or inside your stateroom.

As per CDC recommendations, if you develop or are diagnosed with any infectious disease symptoms, you are asked to stay in your stateroom until medical staff complete their evaluation and until your health condition improves.


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