Norwegian Cruise Line drops pre-travel COVID-19 testing

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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings today announced revisions to its SailSAFE health and safety protocols for its Norwegian, Oceania and Regent brands.

Vaccinated passengers aged 12 and over will no longer have any pre-cruise COVID-19 protocols and unvaccinated passengers may board with a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure, subject to regulations local.

According to a press release, this policy will go into effect on Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises for all cruises beginning on or after September 3, 2022.

Requirements may differ for passengers traveling on journeys departing from or visiting destinations with specific local regulations, including but not limited to Canada, Greece and Bermuda.

The company said it continues to strongly recommend that all customers be up to date on vaccination protocols and test at their convenience before travel.

“Our long-awaited revisions to our testing and vaccination requirements brings us closer to the rest of society, which has learned to adapt and live with COVID-19, and simplifies and facilitates the cruising of our loyal customers on our three best-in-class brands. Health and safety is our top priority and we will continue to modify our robust SailSAFE program as the public health environment evolves,” said Frank Del Rio, President and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. “The easing of protocols coupled with the continued easing of travel restrictions and the reopening of cruises in more ports around the world is significantly positive for our business as it reduces friction, expands the addressable cruise market , bring variety to routes and provide additional catalysts on the road to recovery.

Key changes to fleet-wide protocols, subject to local regulations, effective September 3, 2022 include:

  • Vaccinated passengers aged 12 and over will no longer have pre-cruise COVID-19 protocols
  • Unvaccinated passengers, aged 12 and over, or those unable or unwilling to provide proof of vaccination, will be required to present a medically negative administered PCR or Antigen COVID-19 test taken no later than 72 hours prior to boarding
  • Guests aged 11 and under will not be subject to vaccination requirements or testing protocols of any kind
  • Vaccinated guests must meet the generally accepted definition of “fully immunized” based on the destination to which they are boarding and/or traveling and must provide proof of vaccination

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