Carnival is now making it more expensive for unvaccinated guests to take Florida cruises after Royal Caribbean did the same

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship in March 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
  • Unvaccinated Carnival passengers sailing from Florida must have travel insurance.
  • The passengers will also be charged an additional $150 for COVID-19 tests and health protocols.
  • Last month, Royal Caribbean announced a similar policy for unvaccinated cruisers.
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Unvaccinated cruisers looking to sail out of Florida with Carnival Cruise Line will soon be required to pay for travel insurance, which makes the cruise experience that much more expensive for those who don’t want the COVID-19 vaccine.

Carnival will begin asking unvaccinated passengers for proof of travel insurance starting on July 31, the cruise line said on its website. The insurance is required to cover a minimum of $10,000 in medical expenses and $30,000 in “emergency medical evacuation and without COVID-19 exclusions” per passenger.

Guests who are unvaccinated and don’t show proof of the insurance will not be allowed to go on the cruise and will not receive a refund. For now, children 12 years old or younger are exempt from this policy.

“Consistent with the practices of other lines who are also restarting their operations, and in the best interests of our guests who are unvaccinated, this is important coverage to have should they encounter a medical situation during their cruise,” Vance Gulliksen, a Carnival spokesperson, told USA Today’s Morgan Hines.

Unlike their vaccinated counterparts, unvaccinated Carnival guests must also undergo additional COVID-19 tests. This, plus other health protocols, will amount to an extra $150 out-of-pocket charge per unvaccinated passenger.

Last month, Royal Caribbean also announced it would make travel insurance mandatory for unvaccinated passengers 12 and older beginning on August 1, a decision that came a week after two unvaccinated teenagers tested positive for COVID-19 aboard one of the cruise line’s “fully vaccinated” ships.