If you’ve been on a cruise recently, you know how complicated the lead-up to your embarkation day can be.
Many cruise lines have very specific protocols regarding COVID-19 testing and vaccination statuses, and there are often a lot of steps you have to take before you can board your cruise ship and set sail. We recently shared, however, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it would no longer regulate cruises and that COVID-19 requirements could change. Now, one cruise line is removing some of those requirements.
Virgin Voyages, a cruise line based out of Plantation, Florida, is removing the requirement that passengers submit a COVID-19 test prior to boarding.
According to its website, Virgin Voyages is changing its policies “in response to the discontinuation of the CDC’s Voluntary Program for the Cruise Industry.” The new policy will take effect on one ship, the Valiant Lady on July 24th, with the cruise line’s second ship, the Scarlet Lady following suit soon after on July 27th. Starting on those dates, the cruise’s COVID-19 test requirement to board will be removed.
All crew members will still be vaccinated, and Virgin Voyages is requiring that 90% of passengers are vaccinated on each cruise, but they are opening up the remaining 10% for passengers who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.
Disney Cruise Line, by comparison, is still requiring 100% of vaccine-eligible guests to be fully vaccinated before they depart.
If you’re setting sail with Disney Cruise Line, all guests who are eligible to be fully vaccinated need to be vaccinated, and you will also need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test generally no more than 2 days before your departure or test once you arrive at the terminal.
Of course, these cruise requirements could change. It’s possible that this change from Virgin Voyages could signal an incoming change from other cruise companies.
We’ll be keeping an eye on the cruise industry to see if any other cruise lines, including specifically Disney, begin to make changes to their pre-boarding protocols so make sure to stick with DFB for the latest updates.
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