Royal Caribbean changes vaccine policy to comply with The Bahamas' new COVID rules

   August 23, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines advised it had changed its vaccine policy for passengers 12+ sailing on Royal Caribbean voyages departing from Florida in order to comply with the new policy set by the government of The Bahamas.

Besides RCI-Royal Caribbean International, RCCL also manages the subsidiaries Celebrity Cruises and Silversea.

The new RCCL policy requires all passengers age 12 and older on a cruise ship to be fully COVID-vaccinated for that liner to visit The Bahamas.

The policy takes effect from September 3 through November 1, 2021.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean noted its vaccination policy for people departing Florida must now match the requirements in place for all cruises departing from other ports in the USA:

“The updated policy is as follows: For cruises departing from any U.S. port and visiting The Bahamas on and after Sept. 3, guests who are 12 and older must provide proof of vaccination in order to sail.

“This also applies to itineraries that include Perfect Day at CocoCay. Travelers unable to show proof of vaccination will be unable to sail. Those of our guests under 12, who are currently ineligible for the vaccine, can still cruise with us as long as they continue to provide a negative test result at boarding and follow certain health and safety protocols.

“Royal Caribbean’s top priority is maintaining everyone’s well-being while complying with federal, state and local laws as we always have. We will continue to evaluate and update our health and safety measures as circumstances evolve.”