CruiseThis updated policy will go into effect across Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

No more Covid testing for Norwegian Cruise Line

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From 1 August 2022, passengers sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises will no longer need to test negative for Covid-19 prior to cruise embarkation, unless the testing is mandated by local governments.
From 1 August 2022, passengers sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises will no longer need to test negative for Covid-19 prior to cruise embarkation, unless the testing is mandated by local governments. Photo Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) will no longer require vaccinated guests to complete pre-cruise Covid-19 testing, unless it is mandated by local regulations.

This updated policy will go into effect across Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises from 1 August 2022.

The relaxation of the testing policy is in line with the rest of the travel, leisure and hospitality industry worldwide as a growing number of destinations continue to adapt and return to a state of normalcy, according to NCLH.

The company also strongly recommends all guests be up to date on vaccination protocols and test at their convenience prior to travel.

The pre-embarkation testing requirement, however, will remain in place for guests currently travelling on voyages departing from destinations with local testing regulations, including but not limited to the US, Canada, Greece and Bermuda.

Other major cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corp, have no made any official announcements to follow NCLH's lead, although Holland America (which is owned by Carnival Corp) has removed the pre-cruise Covid testing for selected sailings onboard the new Rotterdam.

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