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