As if a cruise wasn’t expensive enough these days, the Bermuda government has added a new charge for guests who want to get off the ship during a stopover on the island.
Although customers already pay significant sums in port fees, customers will now also have to pay for a travel authorization to access the island.
Across the Atlantic Ocean, Carnival has cleared up confusion over testing for fully vaccinated travelers, saying there is no need to get tested twice if they are fully vaccinated.
Bermuda add more cost
In addition to all additional cruise-related costs such as flights and other transportation, hotel accommodations, gratuities and port charges, Bermuda added another cost.
Although customers are already paying a lot of money in port fees, customers visiting the island will also need to complete and pay for travel authorization at $40 per person.
This applies to crossings on board Carnival Legend May 22 and Carnival Magic May 26. According to Brand Ambassador John Heald, failure to complete travel authorization for Bermuda could result in a disappointing visit to the island for customers:
“If you land in Bermuda, you must complete this. If you don’t and try to leave the ship, the authorities won’t allow it. I’m so sorry and this is of course beyond the control of the shipping industry. cruises at this time, then please ensure that each guest on these cruises completes the form.
Bermuda port charges are set at $60 per person per day. If guests want to go ashore, it can cost up to $100 per person. Guests are encouraged to apply for their travel authorization at least 24 hours before the day of departure but no more than one month before the trip.
Even in Bermuda, the travel authorization receives a lot of negative feedbacksome calling it a stealth tax.
Bermuda Shadow Health Minister Michael Dunkley: “Over the past week, I have been contacted several times by travelers who have encountered issues. While we appreciate the work of everyone involved in the process, it is time for the release form to journey be eliminated.”
“It has served its purpose and now that we are learning to live with Covid we need to get back to more normal life and remove what is now a travel problem and a possible inconvenience or deterrent for travelers to the island.”
And as Bermuda raises cruise costs, Spain clarifies some measures, with COVID-19 requirements continues to change almost constantly in Europe.
No double test in Barcelona
Guests sailing from Barcelona on board Carnival Pride May 8, 19 and 29 should not be tested twice if fully vaccinated. The confusion arose this week when it appeared Carnival guests would have to take a second test in the terminal before boarding the ship.
This test would have been in addition to the pre-cruise covid test required by the Spanish government. Fully vaccinated passengers need only present the pre-cruise test. The double test requirement only applies to customers who have not been fully vaccinated, primarily children at this time.
While the cruise industry itself has returned to normal for the most part, and in most countries around the world it seems like COVID is a bad memory, some countries still feel the need to make travel a little more complicated.
The added costs of traveling these days, along with ever-changing rules and regulations, don’t make travel easy for those who want to explore.