Costa Cruises Updates COVID Protocols
Costa Cruises is simplifying their COVID-19 protocols and procedures for cruises within the Caribbean, Mediterranean, and United Arab Emirates.
Beginning with cruises that depart on or after October 8, 2022, totally vaccinated company will now not require pre-cruise testing, and unvaccinated company will probably be allowed on board with a adverse pre-embarkation antigen or PCR take a look at. The brand new protocols apply to itineraries within the Mediterranean, Caribbean and United Arab Emirates.
“As one of many first cruise strains to renew crusing after the lockdown, Costa Cruises has confirmed the effectiveness of its stringent COVID-19 protocols and procedures for greater than a yr,” stated Scott Knutson, vp of gross sales and commerce advertising for Costa Cruises North America. “Now, with the overall easing of pandemic restrictions throughout the cruise and journey industries, we’re taking prudent steps to take away a few of the burdens and obstacles to taking a Costa cruise in our hottest markets.”
On Mediterranean cruises as much as 14 nights (excluding Greece), pre-cruise testing will not be required for totally vaccinated company. Unvaccinated company or those that are partially vaccinated should present outcomes of a adverse antigen or molecular PCR take a look at taken inside 48 hours of embarkation.
All cruises in Greece proceed to be out there solely to completely vaccinated, partially vaccinated and recovered company who’ve offered a adverse antigen or PCR take a look at taken inside 48 hours of embarkation.
For cruises visiting Morocco, company who will not be totally vaccinated will probably be required to take a further COVID-19 take a look at on board 48 hours previous to entry into the nation.
On Caribbean cruises as much as 14 nights, pre-cruise testing is now not required for totally vaccinated company. Friends who’re partially vaccinated or unvaccinated should present outcomes of a adverse antigen or PCR take a look at taken inside 48 hours of embarkation.
Unvaccinated company trying to get pleasure from shore excursions in Barbados, St. Vincent and St. Maarten will want a adverse antigen or PCR take a look at carried out 24 or 48 hours previous to the ship’s arrival. The checks may be finished on board Costa ships for a further cost.
Cruises within the UAE, Oman and Qatar are presently out there solely to completely vaccinated company, with no pre-embarkation testing required.
On cruises to the locations talked about, the complete vaccination requirement applies solely to company ages 12 and older. The pre-embarkation testing requirement applies to company ages 5 years and older. Onboard masks use is really helpful however now not necessary on cruises within the Mediterranean, Caribbean and UAE.