Celebrity Cruises updates health & safety protocols for departures from the USA

   February 21, 2022 ,   Cruise Industry

Celebrity Cruises updated its health & safety protocols for sailings from the United States.

The company which has 11 cruise ships currently in service and ~13.000 crew members back onboard, made changes to the guidelines, developed via a partnership with the Healthy Sail Panel.

Celebrity will still require all passengers 12+ years of age to be fully vaccinated, in order to sail. The cruise line requires all crew members to be fully vaccinated including a booster shot when eligible. Fully vaccinated are those who have received their primary series of COVID vaccines.

Following are the latest updated healthy at sea protocols for passengers and crew:

  • Vaccinated crew members joining cruise ships will go from 7- to 3-days in quarantine (Celebrity Beyond crew remains at 7-days quarantine)
  • Restart crew-curated bubble tours in ports of call
  • The crew members will keep wearing Kn-95 masks
  • Test crew every 14 days but split and the half crew one week and half the next.

Sailings 7+ days

  • Keep as is and test on the last or 2nd to last day of the cruise
  • Start moving to self-administrated crew tests under observation in 2 weeks
  • When joining a ship Celebrity crew members are required to complete online virtual training including "Healthy return to service" modules, and some other security and service training.

Passenger protocols

  • Onboard guest letters & talking points distributed with the updated protocols
  • Masks are still in place during embarking/debark and while in the terminal
  • Masks are optional except for in the casino/theatre. Masks are still mandatory on expedition cruise ships sailing in Galapagos.