Carnival Cruise Line receives OK from CDC, test cruises could begin by end of June in Port Canaveral

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FILE – This undated file photo provided by Carnival Corp. shows the 710-passenger Adonia ship. Starting in May 2016, Carnival Corp., plans to offer trips from Miami to Cuba, the company announced Tuesday, July 7, 2015. The trips will be through its new brand, fathom, which focuses on trips where passengers sail to a destination […]

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (WESH) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has just taken a major step toward giving Carnival Cruises permission to start cruising again.

It’s one of the formalities that’s needed before cruising starts again, and involves the CDC’s acceptance of an agreement for Carnival to use Port Canaveral’s facilities.

The cruise line must complete a test cruise before it can carry paying passengers.

There is still no date for the test cruise or a regular cruise.

The test cruise could happen around the end of June, or beginning of July.

Port Canaveral’s CEO calls this “exciting news,” adding, “A tremendous amount of effort went into these agreements, and the first step in getting the cruise industry up and running once again.”

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