THE CRUISE PLACE COVID NOTES 210804
COVID-19 Cruise Line update…all information listed is subject to change.
Cruise Lines Requiring Full COVID-19 Vaccination
Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, and Regent Seven Seas
Guests boarding any cruise line in the NCLH portfolio: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, or Regent Seven Seas are required to be vaccinated for all sailings embarking through October 31, 2021. Unvaccinated Guests: Unvaccinated guests, including children under 12, are not permitted aboard a Norwegian, Oceania, or Regent cruise at this time. Crew Requirements: All NCLH crew are required to be fully vaccinated.
COVID-19 vaccines are currently required to sail onboard a Princess cruise. Children are welcome but must be vaccinated. Unvaccinated Guests: Are not permitted on a Princess ship at this time. Crew Requirements: Crew are not immediately required to have the vaccine, but safety practices are being upheld “in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Holland America Line
Vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all guests aboard any Holland America cruise in 2021, regardless of age. Unvaccinated Guests: Are not currently permitted onboard a Holland America cruise. Crew Requirements: Holland America Line is vaccinating its crew on an ongoing basis.
Viking requires that all passengers on its ocean or river cruises are vaccinated against COVID-19. Viking Ocean is an adults-only cruise line, so anyone 18 years or younger is typically not permitted. Unvaccinated Guests: Will not be permitted to sail with Viking at this time. Crew Requirements: Crew onboard Viking Cruises are required to be COVID-19 vaccinated.
Vaccines are required to cruise with Windstar. The cruise line will still administer a COVID-19 antigen test to each guest prior to boarding, free of charge, and masks are required in public areas. Unvaccinated Guests: Are not permitted aboard. Crew Requirements: Windstar is working on getting its crew fully vaccinated. June and early July sailings of Star Breeze were canceled due to low vaccination numbers among the crew.
Cruise Lines Requiring Adults and Some Children to Have COVID-19 Vaccinations
Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea Cruises, and Azamara
The cruise lines of Royal Caribbean Group (Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Silversea, and Azamara) follow similar COVID-19 safety requirements, but there are differences.
Vaccine requirements for Royal Caribbean International vary widely by age and port of departure. As of August 1, 2021, anyone 12 years or older must be vaccinated on cruises departing from Seattle; Galveston; and Nassau, Bahamas. Guests 18 years and older must be vaccinated for departures from Barcelona; Limassol, Cyprus; and any other international departures. Due to current laws in the State of Florida, Royal Caribbean is strongly recommending but unable to require guests 12 years and older to be vaccinated prior to boarding. Unvaccinated Guests: Cruisers without proof of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated and are subject to additional health protocols, including COVID-19 testing, at their own expense. As of August 1, guests 12 and older are also required to provide proof of a travel insurance policy at their own expense.
The cruise line is running at a ratio of 95 percent vaccinated, which means there is room for a 5 percent population of unvaccinated passengers. All guests 12 years old and up must be vaccinated; 18 years and up for UK sailings on Celebrity Silhouette.
All passengers and crew must be vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in a Silversea cruise.
All passengers and crew must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and are subject to additional testing by the cruise line. Crew Requirements: Royal Caribbean Group requires all crew members on all its cruise lines, including those employed at its private islands like Perfect Day at CocoCay, to be fully vaccinated.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney has suspended sailings on most of its ships. This includes Disney Dream through August 8; Disney Fantasy through August 28; Disney Wonder through September 19; and Disney Magic departures in the U.S. through November 4. (DCL will be sailing limited UK sailings this summer aboard Disney Magic.) When sailings resume, all guests 18 years and older are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to sail onboard a Disney ship. Unvaccinated Guests: All guests, ages 11 and up, are required to wear masks in all indoor public areas of the ship. Crew Requirements: Status not available, however, the CDC is requiring a 98 percent vaccination rate among the crew to resume sailings.
Cunard is running a series of coastal cruises that are for UK passengers only, now through October 1, 2021. Guests of all ages must be vaccinated to sail. For sailings from October 13 to December 31, 2021, guests 18 years old and above are required to be vaccinated. Guests 17 years of age or younger either require the vaccines or a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel. Unvaccinated Guests: Children up to 17 years old require a negative COVID-19 test if they are not vaccinated on sailings on or after October 13, 2021. Crew Requirements: Status not available.
All guests 12 years of age and older are required to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated Guests: A limited number of children 12 and younger will be permitted to sail with Crystal on its ocean cruises, however, children’s programs and in-room babysitting have been temporarily suspended. Crew Requirements: Crew members are required to be vaccinated and regularly tested.
Paul Gauguin Cruises
Vaccines will be required for guests 16 and older to sail onboard Paul Gauguin when it resumes sailings August 21, 2021. Unvaccinated Guests: Unvaccinated adults are not allowed on board, but children 16 and under are permitted. Negative COVID-19 tests will be required three days prior to cruising as well as at embarkation, for all guests. Crew Requirements: Crew members are required to be vaccinated.