The world’s largest cruise lines have announced they will relax coronavirus testing requirements on some voyages lasting less than a week.
oth Carnival Cruise Line and the Royal Caribbean Group, which includes Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea, said the changes are being made in response to the end of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC ) earlier this month .
Fully vaccinated passengers will not be required to take a pre-boarding test if the voyage is five nights or less, Carnival Cruise Line announced.
For voyages of six nights or more, travelers are still required to complete tests, but these tests can be completed three days prior to cruise departure.
Unvaccinated guests will still be required to provide proof of a negative test, either performed by a laboratory or monitored as a self-test, within three days of boarding, the cruise line said.
A check on the day of departure in port terminals is not required.
“Further changes will be announced shortly and all changes are subject to the requirements of destinations on the itinerary,” Carnival said.
The line’s announcement last week followed a similar announcement by Royal Caribbean Group.
From August 8, vaccinated passengers will only be required to be tested on voyages of six nights or longer, while unvaccinated guests will be required to be tested prior to all departures.
The company said it will retain a “high percentage” of fully vaccinated guests on all trips – without saying what that means.
Last month, the CDC stopped reporting coronavirus levels for cruise ships in US waters, ending a pandemic-era program that allowed the public to monitor the spread of the virus at sea.
“We will continue to work closely with our partners around the world to develop updated protocols that ensure the continued safety of our guests and the communities we visit, better align with the travel and hospitality sector, and comply with destination regulations ‘ Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
“That means we’re moving to the point where anyone can vacation with us.”
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