Royal Caribbean drops pre-cruise Covid testing

Royal Caribbean drops pre-cruise Covid testing

The new rules come into place from August 8 and Carnival Cruises is also relaxing its requirements on shorter itineraries from US ports

Royal Caribbean Group has announced it will no longer require pre-embarkation Covid-19 testing for vaccinated passengers on cruises of five days or less from August 8.

Jason Liberty, president and chief executive, said the firm’s three brands – Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises – would still test unvaccinated passengers but expected to drop testing for vaccinated guests on longer cruises in the near future.

Liberty added: “We’ve seen very strong demand for Europe for 2023. The volumes pick up as we exit the summer. We do expect Europe to act and behave very similar to how it did in 2019.”

Carnival Cruise Line is also relaxing its requirements, with fully vaccinated passengers no longer having to take a pre-cruise test on sailings from US ports of five nights or less from August 4.

The line said in a statement: “We remain, as always, committed to the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we serve. 

“More changes will be announced shortly and all changes are subject to any requirements of destinations on the itinerary.”


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