A number of cruise lines announced vaccination requirements for passengers and crew as the industry looks to restart after the COVID pandemic.
Currently, no major US sailings will be welcoming cruisers until May, but lines are constantly extending the pause on operating.
Over the last month, while some companies including Carnival Corporation and its subsidiary HAL-Holland America Line, are "reviewing" the different types of vaccines, a number of others have announced vaccination protocols for passengers and crew.
Following are the lines with vaccine-related mandates so far:
- Saga Cruises UK announced on January 21 that it would require all of its guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID a couple of weeks before sailing.
- RCI-Royal Caribbean International will require its crew to receive the vaccine before sailings return.
- The GHK-owned Crystal Cruises announced it would require passengers to receive both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before a voyage. The brand is requiring a negative COVID test result from guests and crew, among other protocols.
- The Hornblower Group-owned AQSC-American Queen Steamboat Company and its subsidiary VCL-Victory Cruise Lines both announced requirements for passengers and crew to receive the vaccine for voyages starting July 1.
- The NCLH-owned NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and its RSSC-Regent Seven Seas Cruises announced vaccine requirements for the crew before boarding. However, the NCLH companies are exploring options in regards to vaccination requirements for the passengers too.