The return from cruise still remains in limbo for many cruise lines.
Companies such as Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have announced vaccine requirements.
These are all cruise lines that have COVID-19 vaccine requirements for guests or crew.
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Several cruise lines have started announcing vaccination requirements for guests and crew as the industry seeks to restart after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, cruise ships that were halfway through began to face unrest related to COVID-19 as the virus began to spread around the world, leaving passengers stranded, infected or dead. Shortly thereafter, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sailing order, which was later replaced by its “Framework for Conditionitional Sailing Order,” a compilation of the protocols needed to resume sailing. the cruise.
Despite this new setting – and pent-up demand for much-anticipated cruise ships and travel – the official cruise return remains in limbo. Currently, no major US cruise will welcome passengers until May, but companies are constantly extending this sailing break.
However, as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed across the world, that may soon change.
“If we start to see vaccines become more widely available, and if vaccines are delivered in a much more efficient manner than they have been, I think it would be reasonable for cruise lines to say that ‘A vaccine is needed,’ Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst and president of the Atmosphere Research Group, told Insider in an interview.
However, the deployment and accessibility of vaccines has been a notorious struggle around the world. As a result, Harteveldt notes that it may be “counterproductive” for major cruise lines like Carnival and Norwegian to require its guests to receive the vaccine if crossings actually resume in the next few months rather than later. in the year, say July.
But over the past month, cruise lines have been vocal about the vaccine. While some companies – like Carnival and its Holland America line – are “reviewing” different vaccines, several others have already announced vaccination protocols for guests and crew members.
These are all cruise lines with vaccine-related mandates so far:
On January 21, UK-based Saga Cruises announced it would require all its passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks before travel. Saga is primarily aimed at passengers over 50.
Royal Caribbean plans to require its crew members to receive the vaccine before returning departures, a spokesperson told Insider.
On February 18, Crystal Cruises said it would require customers to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before a cruise. The cruise line is also demanding a negative coronavirus test result from travelers and crew, among other health protocols.
“We know that peace of mind is the greatest luxury, and the requirement for vaccines is simply the best way to ensure the safest possible Crystal experience for everyone on board,” said Jack Anderson, president – Acting CEO of the cruise line, in a press release. .
Hornblower Group “night” cruise companies
American Queen Steamboat Company and Hornblower Group’s Victory Cruise Lines have both announced requirements for guests and crew to receive COVID-19 vaccine for crossings starting July 1.
According to John Wagoner, CEO and founder of American Queen Steamboat Company, demanding the vaccine will ensure “the safest possible cruising experience.” However, cruise lines are still looking to resume navigation in April, before that vaccination deadline.
Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Norwegian Cruise Line and its Regent Seven Seas Cruises have announced COVID-19 vaccine requirements for crew members before boarding. However, cruise lines are still “exploring all options” when it comes to vaccination requirements for their guests, according to statements from cruise lines sent to Insider.
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