Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) eased vaccination and testing
protocols for its three brands, nixing testing for vaccinated travelers
and allowing unvaccinated ones to cruise with a negative test, starting 3
Fully vaccinated passengers on Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises
and Regent Seven Seas Cruises guests age 12 and over will no longer
have any precruise Covid-19 related protocols, NCLH said, while
unvaccinated guests may embark with a negative PCR or antigen test taken
within 72 hours prior to departure, subject to local regulations.
Guests age 11 and under will not be subject to any vaccination or
"Our long-awaited revisions to our testing and vaccination
requirements bring us closer in line with the rest of society, which has
learned to adapt and live with Covid-19," said Frank Del Rio, CEO of
NCLH, adding that the changes make it "simpler and easier" for guests.
"The relaxation of protocols coupled with continued easing of travel
restrictions and the reopening to cruise in more ports around the globe
are meaningfully positive for our business as it reduces friction,
expands the addressable cruise market, brings variety to itineraries and
provides additional catalysts on the road to recovery."
The requirements may differ for guests on cruises departing from or
visiting destinations with specific local regulations, including but not
limited to Canada, Greece and Bermuda, NCLH said.
NCLH, an early adopter of fully vaccinated cruises, is the latest
line to change protocols following the end of the CDC's Covid 19 Program
for Cruise Ships, which ended July 18.
Source: Travel Weekly