As of October 4, 2022, Norwegian Cruise Line will drop all well being and security restrictions carried out in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, together with pre-cruise testing, vaccination necessities, and mask-wearing tips.
Whereas there should be very restricted destination-specific necessities, this represents the primary main cruise line to decide to largely dropping all necessities for all sailings, and shall be a welcome return to pre-pandemic cruising for keen vacationers.
All Necessities Dropped
Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced the tip of all COVID-19-related necessities from Tuesday, October 4, 2022.
Now, the cruise line will welcome all vacationers, no matter vaccination standing, with out the necessity for any pre-cruise testing.
“Many vacationers have been patiently ready to take their long-awaited trip at sea and we can’t wait to rejoice their return,” stated Harry Sommer, Norwegian Cruise Line president and chief govt officer.
This replace to the cruise line’s insurance policies is now extra in keeping with world well being and security necessities, as many well-liked cruise locations have eased their protocols in current months, together with a number of the strictest holdouts for testing and vaccination necessities.
For instance, Barbados, St. Kitts, and Grand Cayman have all just lately relaxed their entry necessities, allowing extra vacationers to simply go to these locations with out further testing or paperwork. Equally, Canada eliminated all its journey protocols from October 1.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s most up-to-date rest of protocols was only one month in the past, in early September. At the moment, the cruise line eliminated pre-cruise testing for vaccinated company, however unvaccinated company over age 12 had been nonetheless required to submit a destructive take a look at end result inside 72 hours previous to departure.
This shall be a welcome transfer for company desirous to set sail at a time when proctored exams have gotten tougher to seek out, as many testing places have restricted their hours or closed fully due to much less demand for testing outcomes. Self-administered exams are nonetheless broadly out there in lots of places.
Dedication to Well being and Security Stays
Regardless of easing these pre-cruise protocols, Norwegian Cruise Line nonetheless stays dedicated to a protected and wholesome cruise setting for all company and crew members.
“Well being and security are all the time our first precedence; in reality, we had been the well being and security leaders from the very begin of the pandemic,” stated Sommer.
Onboard protocols comparable to enhanced cleansing and sanitation, upgraded ionizing air filters, and improved medical services proceed to be customary apply aboard all Norwegian Cruise Line ships. The cruise line additionally has quarantine services out there on all ships if wanted.
Vacation spot Necessities Stay in Place
Whereas the cruise line has now relaxed all its pandemic-related well being and security protocols, any necessities for particular locations which will stay should be adhered to and shall be enforced for impacted cruises.
For instance, pre-cruise testing remains to be required for Australia sailings, vacationers to Bermuda are nonetheless required to fill out a pre-arrival journey authorization and pay the related payment in addition to full pre-cruise testing, and plenty of South American and Central American international locations additionally nonetheless require pre-cruise testing or different protocols.
Vacationers visiting Greece, South Africa, Israel, Fiji, and Dubai even have particular protocols nonetheless in place.
Norwegian Cruise Line encourages vacationers to remain up to date on the necessities for particular locations they could go to whereas crusing, taking into consideration that protocols can change at any time.