COVID testing is no longer required for some passengers on these cruise lines

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suspended their voluntary cruise ship COVID-19 program, three cruise lines have also ended their pre-cruise COVID testing requirements for some passengers.

On July 18, the CDC ended its cruise ship COVID-19 program, which included recommendations for the cruise industry, including immunization and COVID testing requirements, saying at the time cruise lines had the ability to “pledge their own COVID-19 response.” manage programs.”

The agency went on to say that “cruise travelers have access to recommendations that enable them to make informed decisions about cruise travel,” but claimed that “cruise travel carries some risk of transmission of COVID-19.”

Following the CDC’s announcement, Virgin Voyages, Azamara and Margaritaville at Sea have eliminated requirements for guests to present negative COVID tests prior to boarding their cruise ships.

Virgin Voyages is no longer requiring passengers boarding their ships to have a negative COVID test and are making the change for the Valiant Lady ship on Sunday and for the Scarlet Lady ship on Wednesday.

Virgin said on its website that 90% of passengers still need to be vaccinated, but it is opening its cruises to 10% of unvaccinated guests. Boosters are not required by the cruise line, which also said its crew will still be fully vaccinated.

Azamara cruise line also ended pre-cruise COVID testing for travelers Monday, except in ports where the requirement is in place under the country’s regulations. Azamara requires proof of COVID vaccination to sail on the cruise line.

In a statement on its website, Azamara said, “We continually evaluate these protocols and update them as public health standards evolve.”

Margaritaville at Sea, which launched its first ship, the Margaritaville at Sea Paradise in May, is also making changes to its COVID testing requirements. The cruise line no longer requires its vaccinated passengers to have a negative COVID test as it continues to offer vaccinated cruises, with some exceptions.

The company said on its website, “Not only are we following the latest CDC guidelines, we have taken additional safety and protective measures to provide you with a safe, healthy and fun micro-vacation.” As the state of COVID-19 evolves, we will continue to adjust our protocols based on public health recommendations.”

Unvaccinated passengers wishing to board Margaritaville at Sea must present a negative antigen-COVID test from a verified agency within one day of sailing, the cruise line said.

Also, effective August 1, Norwegian Cruise Line will no longer require COVID testing for vaccinated passengers, but the new policy will not apply to its cruises departing from a port in the United States, Canada or Piraeus. Greece.


The requirements for a "gradual resumption" of cruise ship passenger operations were released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Photo: AFP / CHANDAN KHANNA

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