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Carnival Cruise Line, Carnival Corp.’s flagship, may soon be able to set sail with passengers on board.

The shipping line is the latest to receive the green light from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention inSome of the plans re-start as it prepares to sail in U.S. waters following deals with three home ports: Texas’ Galveston Port and Port Miami and Port Canavera. Florida’s

The CDC’s guidelines say home ports must agree to support cruise operators with additional health and operational resources before their ships can move forward with test cruises or U.S. operations. full guest

“These deals bring us one step closer to sailing with our distinguished guests,” Lars Yeon, Carnival Cruise Line executive vice president and chief maritime officer, said in a statement. “We appreciate the support of these three home port partners. But all our home ports are eager to get us back as soon as possible.”

It was not immediately clear whether Carnival plans to sail test ships with volunteer passengers or to sail in full with paying customers. With the latter having more stringent vaccination requirements, USA TODAY has contacted us for more information.

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The Carnival Horizon will sail from Miami, and the Carnival Vista and Breeze will sail from Galveston, according to the statement. The three ships are scheduled to be the first Carnival ships to carry guests planned to return. that will be available in July

The company is also expected to announce plans for Port Canaveral “in the coming days”.

“This is the exciting news we’ve been waiting for,” Port Canaveral Chief Executive John Murray told Florida Today, part of the USA TODAY Network. close with Our partner Carnival Cruise Lines is a huge step forward in getting the cruise industry up and running.”

On Tuesday, Royal Caribbean International It was the first shipping line to be approved to launch test navigation in US waters.

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The next day, Celebrity Cruises, a subsidiary of the Royal Caribbean Group, announced it was the first cruise line approved by the CDC to sail with paying passengers on board.

Celebrity Cruises:Named the first cruise line approved by the CDC to cruise with paying passengers in June.

To skip the cruise test, Celebrity Cruises plans to have 95% of its passengers and 100% crew fully vaccinated before the ship sets sail. Although the requirements conflict with Florida law that prohibits vaccine passports.

Contributor: Dave Berman, Florida Today

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