No vaccination? No cruise for you.
Crystal has announced that it will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for all guests once its operations resume.
“We have made the decision that guests must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine (with both doses if recommended by the manufacturer) at least 14 days prior to boarding any Crystal ship and will be asked to provide proof of vaccination before embarkation,” reads a Feb. 18 notice posted to the company’s website.
The new measure draws on the “latest scientific data and expert guidance” and adds to Crystal Clean+ protocols, including negative COVID-19 tests and health screening questionnaires.
“We understand that the widespread availability of vaccines varies according to the distribution plan of each travellers’ home country and/or state,” the company wrote.
As of Feb. 18, Crystal has voluntarily paused operations through May 2021 for its river fleet with cancellations into June for our ocean ships, through August 1 for Crystal Esprit and through August for Crystal Endeavor.
“We are confident that our timeline for returning to cruising this summer will allow guests sufficient time to get fully vaccinated,” the company said.
Plans for crew
Crystal stated that it expects all crew to be vaccinated.
However: “We understand that, as it stands today, this may not be a viable option for all crew members given their age and/or the availability of vaccines in their home countries.”
Currently, as per protocol, crew members are required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to leaving their home location to join the ship and must receive a negative result.
Crew will also take a COVID-19 test at embarkation, Crystal said, quarantine for seven days upon arrival, and take a test at the end of that seven-day period and must receive a negative result, before beginning their duties.
“When vaccines are widely available, they will be a requirement of employment at least 14 days prior to service,” Crystal said.
Crystal is the latest, and first major cruise company in North America, to require proof of vaccination for guests.
Britain-based Saga Cruises announced a similar requirement in January, followed by American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines earlier this month.
For a detailed Q&A about Crystal’s new vaccination requirements, click here.
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