Changes on a Post-COVID Cruise Plus Travel Essentials

This post is sponsored by Apogee on behalf of Lucira Health. All opinions and cruising tips/essentials are my own. 

This past July, my family and I went on a Carnival Cruise. Traveling has been one of those hot topic discussions since COVID-19. Some people are still scared to venture out, but we have taken necessary precautions with every trip we have been on. The biggest question I have received since coming home from our cruise vacation is what has changed? So, I decided to share some things we have noticed as well as include some essentials to help you if you decide to travel post COVID.

1. Everyone must be vaccinated and get tested within 72 hours before boarding. There were different rules about being retested and such depending on where you were going, which port you were leaving from, and how long your voyage was.

We returned on Saturday and my husband noticed a few symptoms on Tuesday, so he decided to test because his job requires a positive test result to take time off of work. Thankfully we had some easy-to-use tests available to us:

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1. Excluding samples with very low levels of virus (>37.5 Ct), Lucira Community Testing Study 07A-CLI 006 Fall 2020 and Lucira Community Testing Study 07A-CLI 007 Winter 2021 (n=394)

2. There were noticeably less workers all around the ship. Because of this, dining took longer than before. But we also noticed a lot less people on board in general which made for a nicer sailing experience. But everything was still safe, and everything still was very clean. 

3. The parties were focused on deck (outside) instead of in the main room with the glass elevator. Kids Club was crowded though and there were no more "freebies" when your children stay after, but they did charge half hours instead of full hours if you went past 10 pm. We would let our kids go for a little while and they met a few friends, but I would make sure they were checked out no later than 11 pm at the latest.

4. Sanitizing stations were everywhere, but to be honest I may not have noticed them as much before. Masks were not required by guests, but most of the staff was wearing them.

5. Certain internet features were free because they encouraged using their app a lot more and it worked better than it has in years past. Because of this, there were no more paper itineraries slid under your door in the morning or paper menus in the fine dining area. I preferred this because it's more eco-friendly and I'm better about checking an app. But we noticed room service was no longer included and now an extra charge depending on what you ordered.

6. There were nightly shows even if they did have less performers. Plus, all of the other activities were still available like comedy shows (some you had to book your spot in advance for though), karaoke, miniature golf, etc. We also noticed more shows and entertainment seemed to be kid-friendly before 9:30 pm, which was a nice surprise.

7. The casino was still available if you are into that sort of thing. Plus, there was still plenty of shopping. We honestly really enjoyed playing bingo. 

8. There were still tons of excursions available on the cruise we went on. We traveled to the Bahamas, Nassau and Princess Cays. We enjoyed snorkeling, kayaking on the ocean, and riding the catamarans. I would highly recommend. Although we didn't get travel insurance, if I was heading out any further, I definitely might consider it.

I am thankful that we have our Lucira Check It COVID-19 Tests at home to give us peace of mind whenever we travel again or attend events. 

Have you been traveling post-COVID? Have you ever been on a cruise? What are some precautions you take while traveling?

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