COVID booster shot required for NCLH's cruise ship crew

   December 17, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

NCLH-Norweigian Cruise Line Holdings which operates the NCL-Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, became the first cruise company to require all shipboard employees to receive a booster shot of the COVID vaccine.

Crew of the company’s 3 brands received a letter informing them about the new policy for booster-eligible crew and officers. According to the newly updated policy, NCLH plans to complete booster vaccination by April 30, 2022.

Crew eligible for a COVID booster shot must receive it at the designated time arranged by the corporate office. Exemptions may be made on a case-by-case basis that is evaluated by Vessel Operations Senior Management.

Newly embarking crew members should arrive with a fully approved vaccination protocol, including the booster shot.

Crew members unable to obtain a booster shot at home are allowed to embark provided that once available, they'll obtain it onboard.

Booster eligible is:

  • 2-shot vaccine protocol (AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer, etc.): 6+ months past the final dose.
  • 1-shot vaccine protocol (Johnson&Johnson): 2+ months in the US / 6+ months in the EU, past the final dose.

NCLH Authorized Boosters: BioNTech/Pfizer is FDA-approved, Moderna is Emergency Use Authorized.

All vaccine types may at this time receive any of the mRNA Boosters.