Embarkation and disembarkation process on Carnival’s first vaccinated cruise – .

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Embarkation and disembarkation process on Carnival’s first vaccinated cruise – .


I was flying from Denver, Colorado to Houston, Texas where I took a Carnival shuttle from the airport to the cruise port. Quickly I realized that I shouldn’t expect strict social distancing for the remainder of the trip.

Side-by-side images of the crowded bus and stickers indicating that passengers should socially distance themselves.

Monica Humphries / Insider

I opted for the Carnival shuttle service which would take me to the Galveston cruise port from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. The hour-long bus ride cost $ 47 which seemed like a reasonable price compared to the cost of an Uber or Lyft from the airport to the port.

Before boarding the bus, passengers were advised to wear face masks and respect social distancing.

But as soon as I got on the bus, I saw the social distancing was out the window.

The seats were marked with stickers indicating where passengers should and should not sit, but Carnival Cruise Lines filled the bus until every seat was full, which completely defeated the purpose of the stickers.

It seemed like an indicator to me that there would be no strict social distancing for the remainder of my cruise experience.

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