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Cruise Lines are starting to allow uncertified passengers on board

Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Princess Cruises are relaxing their policies on vaccination.



The latest cruise lines to make vaccine requirements or testing regulations simpler include Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Princess Cruises. These companies have modified their COVID-19-related practices.

Unvaccinated passengers on Carnival Cruise Line will no longer require a vaccine exemption in order to board voyages lasting fewer than 16 nights, the business announced. On cruises to Australia and longer voyages, these passengers will still need to submit an exemption application.

Unvaccinated passengers will need to provide documentation of a negative PCR or antigen test performed no more than three days before to departure.

Additionally, vaccinated guests who show documentation of their immunization status will no longer be subject to pre-embarkation testing on cruises lasting less than 16 nights. The testing requirement will still apply to passengers sailing to Canada, Bermuda, Greece, Australia, or on longer voyages.

The rule change comes months after the business relaxed mask restrictions in March and days after Carnival eliminated pre-embarkation testing for vaccinated guests on voyages lasting five days or fewer.


According to Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, “Our ships have been sailing very full all summer, but there is still room for more of our loyal guests, and these guidelines will make it a simpler process, and make cruising accessible for those who were not able to meet the protocols we were required to follow for much of the past 14 months.” “Our fantastic onboard personnel is ready to deliver a delightful vacation—something we all look forward to even more these days,” the ship’s website states. “Whatever the ship, homeport, or itinerary that works for you.”

In addition, starting on September 5, Royal Caribbean would relax its vaccination requirements for cruises leaving from Los Angeles, Galveston, New Orleans, and any homeport in Europe. For passengers who have received vaccinations, testing is no longer required on sailings that depart from the United States and are 5 nights or less. Testing policies differ depending on the destination.

In order to align on vaccination needs for more itineraries, the business stated that it was “engaging with local governments in the Eastern Caribbean.”

On September 6, Princess Cruises will also waive the requirement for vaccination testing for customers traveling on itineraries under 16 days that leave from the United States, the United Kingdom, or Europe, the firm informed Travel + Leisure.

The president of Princess Cruises, John Padgett, stated in a statement made available to T L that “these enhanced rules assist ensure a Princess holiday is accessible to everyone.” “The Princess experience is genuinely unique, and we invite everyone to book a Princess holiday for an unbeatable price,” the company says.


The corporation will also make its policies for passengers who are not immunized simpler.

Within three days of sailing, unvaccinated passengers 5 years of age and older on trips of less than 16 days will need to undergo a PCR test or conduct a home rapid antigen test, and upload documentation of a negative result, before boarding. On lengthier voyages, unvaccinated passengers must undergo a PCR or medically assisted rapid antigen test within three days of boarding.

Princess currently allows unvaccinated passengers to sail, but they have to get a PCR test done three days before their flight and perform a quick antigen test at the terminal.

The simplified regulations were announced only days after Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, and Oceania Cruises announced that they would all do away with the need for pandemic-era vaccinations in September.

Other cruise lines, such as Virgin Voyages and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Sea, have loosened their testing requirements for travelers who have received vaccinations.


Contributing to Travel & Leisure is Alison Fox. She enjoys spending her free time at the beach or traveling to new places and eventually plans to visit every nation in the world. You can follow her travels on Instagram.