(Reuters) – Since travel in the United States resumed in June, travel and tour operators have issued requirements for vaccines and testing to avoid disruptions that cost them thousands of dollars. million dollars for most of the pandemic.
Even with these protocols in place, at least 17 people have tested positive for COVID-19 aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd ship that disembarked in New Orleans recently, highlighting challenges in limiting limit the spread of COVID-19 in confined spaces. One member of the crew has a suspected case of the Omicron variant.
To be considered fully vaccinated, all cruise lines require a final dose of the vaccine 14 days prior to sailing. All of the cruise lines below require crew members to be vaccinated.
Here are their policies:
* Norwegian Cruise Line has a 100% vaccination policy, meaning that children under the age of 5 who have not yet been vaccinated are not allowed to cruise.
Norwegian checks passengers for COVID at the port before they board the ship.
* The major brands of Carnival Corp and Royal Caribbean Group require most passengers 12 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated, but the companies make a few exceptions. Unvaccinated children under the age of 5 can cruise on the Festival ships.
Passengers must present a negative COVID test no more than two days before boarding. Royal Caribbean accepts antigen tests.
* Walt Disney Co’s Disney Cruise route requires that all passengers eligible for vaccines in the United States be fully immunized. Starting January 13, all guests 5 years of age and older will need to be vaccinated.
Unvaccinated passengers must have a negative COVID-19 test result taken between three days and 24 hours prior to their cruise date. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted.
Everyone is screened by Disney Cruise Line at the terminal before boarding, meaning unvaccinated passengers are screened twice.
(Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru and Danielle Kaye in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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