CRUISE

Carnival Cruise Line: Unvaccinated Floridians must have Travel Insurance to Sail

Carnival Cruise Line | July 14, 2021

Carnival Cruise Line has introduced a new requirement for unvaccinated Floridians who wish to go on vacation cruises.

Those above the age of 12 who are not vaccinated will be required to purchase travel insurance for cruises departing from Florida homeports beginning July 31. When checking in, each visitor will be required to show proof of an insurance policy with a minimum of $10,000 in coverage.

The insurance must also include $30,000 in coverage for emergency medical evacuation and must not include COVID-19 exclusions. On the proof of insurance, a guest can be named as either a policyholder or a beneficiary.

If a guest does not have insurance, they will not be admitted and will not be refunded.

According to Carnival, the coverage could be bought through Carnival Vacation Protection or any other travel insurance provider. Carnival Vacation Protection, on the other hand, is only accessible until 14 days before sailing for individuals who live in the following areas:
  • The United States of America (excluding New York and Puerto Rico)
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • The Virgin Islands of the United States (St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix)
  • American Samoa.
Guests who have been fully vaccinated do not need to purchase travel insurance but must provide proof of vaccination in the form of a vaccine card, digital COVID-19 certificate, and a record of immunization from a healthcare provider's health record or government immunization information system record.

Carnival said that vaccinated guests might need the contact details of the clinic that issued the certificate in the case that the cruise ship has to verify it.

Guests who have been vaccinated and those who have not been vaccinated may be tested. If the test is positive, the guest and their companions will not sail and will be quarantined locally.

Those that need quarantine will get a future cruise credit.

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Delivering the best possible experiences for your travelers is our top priority. That’s why we equip our travel counselors with the best technology, resources, and specialized training to support the personalized needs of your travelers. You can even enjoy savings on travel while your travelers gain additional benefits through our supplier discount program Preferred Extras

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JetBlue | December 08, 2022

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No two travelers are alike, which is why we’ve redesigned TrueBlue to let customers customize their perks as they soar toward Mosaic status, choosing the ones that are most valuable to them along the way. “We know our customers are booking more than just flights with JetBlue, so we are excited to have a program where travelers are rewarded throughout all aspects of their travel journey, There are so many opportunities for our customers to enjoy the signature JetBlue experience through flights, hotels, cruises, vacation packages, car rentals and more,” -Andres Barry, president, JetBlue Travel Products. TrueBlue will offer more value, new choices and unique personalization through a variety of all-new program aspects, including: Tiles become the new way to track and measure progress toward Mosaic status JetBlue’s most loyal group of travelers. Customizable Perks You Pick, available to more TrueBlue members without Mosaic status, will reward more travelers sooner. Multiple levels of Mosaic, each with Mosaic Signature Perks and Perks You Pick, bring expanded perks to JetBlue’s most loyal customers. Combined spend counts with all JetBlue credit cards. Add up JetBlue travel spend and any JetBlue credit card spend to unlock perks. New JetBlue credit card enhancements on select cards bring new perks to cardholders. The new TrueBlue will still carry over many of the perks customers know and love: All TrueBlue members will continue to earn TrueBlue points on JetBlue and eligible American Airlines flights, and can redeem those points for award travel on JetBlue, including any seat at any time, with no blackout dates or expiration dates. TrueBlue points will never expire. Use Cash + Points to pay for JetBlue flights and JetBlue Vacations packages. Pool points with family and friends. Earn 2X points on jetblue.com or the JetBlue app. Select reciprocal loyalty benefits for Mosaic members traveling on American Airlines. 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