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Carnival cruise line providing free KN95 masks

John Heald
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The chocolates on the pillow each night may be a thing of the past on Carnival cruise line, but now you will receive a complimentary KN95 mask!

CruiseHive.com is reporting, “Carnival Cruise Line has started to offer guests complimentary KN95 masks to be worn inside the vessel. These masks are an upgrade of the standard surgical masks and cloth masks that have been the standard during the pandemic.

Recently, several cruise lines, including Carnival Cruise Line, have started implementing strict mask mandates on their ships to limit the spread of COVID-19 and the Omicron variant.

Carnival Cruise Line has started providing guests with complimentary KN95 masks at the start of the cruise to use onboard. The cabin stewards have started leaving the face masks in cabins. These masks offer better protection for the user and those in their environment than the traditional cloth masks.

With cruise lines mandating masks in nearly all environments on the vessels, and Omicron has proven to be a genuine concern, the move from Carnival is undoubtedly understandable. It will, hopefully, help with managing caseloads onboard its vessels.

Carnival said the following:As advised by health experts, we are recommending guests use higher-grade masks indoors (such as surgical or KN95) that have two or more layers, completely cover the nose and mouth, fit snugly against the sides of the face, and have a nose wire. We recommend you change your mask every 3-4 days or when soiled or difficult to breathe through.”

“As part of our enhanced protocols, guests are required to wear masks indoors at all times, except when in their staterooms or are actively eating or drinking. If you need replacement masks, please ask your stateroom attendant or visit our guest services desk.”

According to the CDC, the KN95 masks offer similar protection to N95 masks. However, users are reminded by the CDC to check for several factors when using the KN95 masks. The masks should seal tightly around your face; they should not be used if they have vents or other openings or when it is hard to breathe while wearing them. Users should also check for markings that confirm the masks have been quality checked.

While I think it’s great that Carnival is offering free masks, I refuse to believe this is the new normal for cruising.

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