The passengers of Texas must be fully vaccinated on their cruises before they board the MV-port in California despite state guidelines barring vaccine passports.
On 3 July, the Carnival Breeze ship of the company will set sail from Texas' Port of Galveston followed on 15 July by its Carnival Vista ship.
In accordance with the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, guests on both of these ships have to prove that it's been at least 14 days since their final recommended dose of coronavirus vaccine.
The current CDC requirements for cruising with a unvaccinated guest base will make it very difficult to deliver the experience our guests expect, especially given the large number of families with younger children sailing with us, said Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy. As a consequence, our alternative is to operate with vaccinated guests from the U.S. during the month of July.
The move goes against the new Legislative approving by Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that it will prohibit any business or government entity from requiring vaccine passports or any vaccine information.
Abbott tweeted that Texans should have the freedom to go where they want with no limit, restrictions or restriction.
Regardless, Carnival isn't budging on its plans.
In fact, after evaluating the legislation, the cruise company discovered that the law provides exceptions for when a business is implementing COVID protocols in accordance with federal law, Carnival spokesperson Vance Gulliksen told FOX Business.
In the case of Carnival it has plans to comply with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Prevention guidelines.
According to the CDC, at least 95% of crew and 95% of passengers need to be vaccinated thoroughly, although the agency recognizes that it is not possible for cruising to be a zero-risk activity for the spread of COVID 19.
Carnival also resumed operations in Florida from Port Canaveral and Port Miami, where there are similar laws in place preventing businesses from exchanging proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID 19.
In an email signed in April, Gov. Chris Brown began to decline to run for a third term of governor. Ron DeSantis argued that vaccination passports will harm individual freedom and patient privacy and that they would create two groups of citizens based on vaccination.
Carnival noted that it is still working with the state and CDC and plans to provide an update on the protocols specific for ships going from Florida ports, but expects to have finalized plans by Friday.
However, DeSantis pointed out that support from Duffy and Abbott, as well as other state officials, had expedited the reinstatement process of making vaccinations available to cruise personnel.
The other ship which is scheduled to restart at Miami in July is the Carnival Horizon from Miami.