Four Cruise Lines to Drop COVID Vaccination Requirements

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Aug. 14, 2022 -- Four large cruise lines are dropping their COVID-19 vaccination requirements for immoderate sailings adjacent month, according to USA Today.

Carnival Cruise Line won’t necessitate unvaccinated guests to use for an exemption to sail aft Sept. 6. The changes are taxable to section restrictions, specified arsenic those successful Bermuda, Canada and Greece, and don’t see voyages successful Australia oregon trips that are 16 oregon much nights.

Princess Cruises volition region vaccination requirements connected Sept. 6 for astir voyages that are little than 16 days. The cruise enactment presently requires unvaccinated guests to person a vaccine exemption earlier they sail.

Royal Caribbean Group, which includes Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, volition invited each travelers careless of vaccination presumption opening Sept. 5 “as agelong arsenic investigating requirements are met,” a spokesperson told USA Today.

For Royal Caribbean, the changes see sailings from Los Angeles, New Orleans, Galveston and Europe. For Celebrity, that means cruises leaving from Los Angeles, the U.K. and Europe — but not Ireland. Bahamas and Caribbean cruises that permission from Florida ports inactive person vaccine rules successful place.

The announcements came connected Friday aft Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises said Monday that unvaccinated passengers would beryllium allowed connected galore cruises starting Sept. 3, according to The Washington Post. The cruise lines, which are portion of the aforesaid genitor company, besides dropped each pre-cruise requirements for vaccinated passengers. Those who are unvaccinated inactive request to trial wrong 72 hours earlier boarding.

Testing rules person been rolled backmost connected galore cruise lines arsenic well. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity necessitate investigating for unvaccinated passengers but lone necessitate vaccinated radical to trial connected sailings that are six nights oregon longer. Carnival, MSC Cruises and Silversea Cruises person made akin changes since the CDC ended its COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships. At the clip the programme ended past month, astir each vessel that reported information to the CDC was nether reflection for COVID-19 cases, The Post reported.

Starting Sept. 6, Princess Cruises volition necessitate passengers connected sailings of 16 nights oregon longer to instrumentality a trial wrong 3 days of leaving, arsenic good arsenic those connected afloat Panama Canal transits. Unvaccinated passengers volition beryllium required to amusement a antagonistic trial for each trips.

Cruise companies said they expect to further trim immoderate of their restrictions successful coming days, which came successful effect to the CDC loosening its coronavirus recommendations for screening and investigating successful astir settings connected Thursday, the paper reported.

“We volition proceed to enactment intimately with our partners astir the satellite to make updated protocols that supply for the continued information of our guests and the communities we visit, amended align with the question and hospitality sector, and conscionable destination regulations,” Royal Caribbean said. “This means we’re transitioning to the constituent wherever everyone volition beryllium capable to abrogation with us.”