Tauck requires COVID vaccinations on all cruises and tours

   September 8, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Expanding a policy implemented earlier in 2021 on its European cruises and tours, Tauck announced it will now require all passengers ages 12+ to present proof of being fully vaccinated at the beginning of their trip.

The vaccination requirement was instituted on September 7 and applies to all tours and cruises of the US cruise travel company Tauck Tours worldwide.

Jeremy Palmer, Tauck’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, said the move came as entry requirements had been evolving rapidly around the globe.

“We’re seeing a steady increase in restaurants, museums and attractions requiring proof of vaccination,” said Palmer, “to the point where unvaccinated travelers won’t be able to fully participate in their Tauck journeys. It’s become clear that a universal vaccination requirement is the best way to ensure our guests enjoy all of the incredible experiences we build into our tours and cruises.”

Palmer anticipated that the company’s clients, 97% of whom were already vaccinated, would appreciate "the simplicity of the new policy."

Tauck paused operations due to COVID-19 in March 2020 and began hosting passengers again in January and February of 2021 on several departures of the “Wonderland: Yellowstone in Winter” itinerary. The company has successfully restarted operating its cruises and tours in the United States, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and elsewhere.

Guests impacted by the policy change can take advantage of Tauck’s Flexible Booking Policy, waiving all change penalties when the booking is transferred to another trip operating in 2021/2022.