RCI-Royal Caribbean changes COVID tests policy for ex-Nassau Bahamas cruises

   July 24, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Cruises leaving out of Nassau Bahamas on RCI-Royal Caribbean's ship Adventure of the Seas next month will require passengers to get their COVID tests complete closer to the departure date.

RCI changed the policy for when passengers sailing on Adventure OTS have to get either a PCR or antigen test result.

Now instead of 5 days before the sail date, passengers age 2+ must take a negative test for COVID no more than 3 days prior to arriving in The Bahamas.

Any kind of negative COVID test is accepted (PCR or antigen).

The new test rule applies on August 1, 2021.

Changing testing requirements for voyages from The Bahamas has been a regular occurrence since sailings started back up on Adventure OTS. Initially, The Bahamas required COVID tests for all, then dropped them for vaccinated travelers.  The cruise company added antigen testing for all guests as an early requirement and later changed it to PCR tests.

According to RCI, its test requirements are more stringent than what The Bahamas mandated for inbound travelers.

Adventure OTS is the only Royal Caribbean ship homeported in The Bahamas and the first to restart operations in North America, following the industry's shutdown in March 2020.