Azamara and Silversea Cruises have joined other cruise lines in dropping COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
Azamara will scrap its vaccination requirement for passengers on Caribbean or European voyages beginning December 1. The change is subject to local requirements at various destinations.
The cruise line previously dropped its embarkation testing requirement in July.
“Regardless of vaccination status, Azamara will continue to encourage all guests departing from any port to get tested at leisure prior to travel to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience,” the cruise line said in a news release.
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Silversea Cruises announced a similar change Wednesday. The line will welcome all travelers regardless of vaccination status where local rules permit starting Sept. 5, according to a news release.
The cruise line is also rolling back its testing requirements, and will no longer require vaccinated travelers to take a test prior to boarding. Unvaccinated travelers must show proof of “a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test” taken within three days of their trip, according to the release. Those changes are also subject to local rules.
Major cruise lines including MSC Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, and Holland America Line have also dropped their vaccine requirements for many sailings and eased testing rules in recent weeks, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ended its COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships.
► Carnival Cruise Line will require pre-cruise testing for vaccinated passengers only on trips 16 nights or longer or where local rules mandate it, such as on sailings to Canada and Bermuda, starting on Sept. 6, according to a press release.
Passengers who are unvaccinated or do not show proof of vaccination will still need to “present the results of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within three days of embarkation.” Those under 5 years old are exempt from vaccine and testing requirements in the U.S.
► Royal Caribbean will require vaccinated guests 5 and up to take a pre-cruise test on U.S. sailings 10 nights or longer within three days of boarding beginning Sept. 5, according to its website. Unvaccinated guests 5 and older must take a test within three days of their trip on all sailings. The changes are subject to local rules.
► Celebrity Cruises will only require vaccinated passengers to test on voyages that are 10 nights or longer within three days of sailing as of Sept. 5, according to its website, where local rules permit. Unvaccinated travelers age 5 and older must take a test within three days before boarding for U.S. sailings.
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► Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. will drop all pre-cruise requirements for vaccinated passengers ages 12 and over as of Sept. 3, according to a news release.
Guests ages 12 and older who are unvaccinated or do not show proof of vaccination will still need to test within 72 hours before boarding. The company said it “continues to strongly recommend all guests be up to date on vaccination protocols and test at their convenience prior to travel.” Changes are subject to local requirements.
► MSC Cruises will no longer require fully vaccinated U.S. residents to take a test prior to boarding on sailings to the Bahamas and the Caribbean from U.S. ports. The line still requires unvaccinated passengers 2 and older to take a “lab-administered negative COVID-19 viral test negative test” within three days of embarkation, according to its website.
All passengers 2 and older who are not U.S. residents must “show proof of a negative antigen or RT-PCR lab administered test” taken within three days of their sailing, according to its website. Those policies vary by destination.
► Princess Cruises will require passengers sailing on trips 16 nights or longer to “take a supervised test within three days of embarkation (guests 5 and older),” starting Sept. 6, as well as those on full Panama Canal transits and certain other voyages.
Unvaccinated passengers must show a negative result from a self-test taken within three days of their trip on sailings 15 nights or less, though unvaccinated children under 5 are exempt.
► Holland America Line will no longer require pre-cruise testing for vaccinated guests on sailings 15 nights or less, per a news release. Unvaccinated guests 5 and older must show a negative result from a medically supervised test or self-test taken within three days of sailing.
On cruises 16 nights or longer, all guests 5 and up must provide “a medically supervised COVID-19 test with written negative result.” Passengers must get tested within three days of embarkation, and unvaccinated travelers will still need an exemption.
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► Disney Cruise Line will no longer require testing for fully vaccinated guests sailing on the Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Wonder and Disney Wish beginning Sept. 23, according to its website. The change will take effect for Disney Magic on Nov. 7.
Those who are not fully vaccinated will still need to show proof of a negative test taken one to three days before their trip, though they will no longer have to take a second test at the terminal on embarkation day.


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