After a year of canceled travel plans, there is finally some good news on the horizon. Cruise lines are preparing to safely resume service as COVID-19 vaccines are rolled out. If you’re yearning to visit tropical islands or explore bucket-list-worthy destinations, you might be wondering when and where you can cruise again…and what cruising in a Post-COVID world will look like.
Editor’s note: This post was originally published Nov. 30, 2020, and will be continually updated as new information becomes available.
During an unprecedented pause of passenger operations, cruise lines have been working with teams of top medical and scientific experts to develop measures to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 for passengers, crews, and communities they visit. Following this reset, both passengers and crew will enjoy an even healthier cruise experience.
A Return to Cruising – How Will It Be
Cruise lines have implemented multiple levels of advanced health protocols to ensure a safe and happy travel experience. These may include temperature checks for passengers and crew, negative COVID-19 tests and/or vaccines, social distancing and reduced ship capacities, use of masks, stringent disinfection procedures, and more controlled shore excursions.
Several cruises have announced that all crew and guests over 18 years of age must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for sailings beginning in summer 2021. These include North American voyages on American Queen Steamboat Company, Crystal Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises; and Saga Cruises, as well as P&O and Princess ships sailing in the UK.
These new health measures will be continually evaluated and adjusted as public health standards and local government policies evolve.
When and Where Are Ships Sailing?
With enhanced measures in place, some ocean and river cruise lines have gradually resumed sailing in Europe and Asia with proven success (including Amadeus River ships, pictured below).
Closer to home, cruise lines have announced North American cruises returning in Summer 2021. Several small, US-flagged ships are sailing in Alaska, and ships of different types and sizes have announced cruises to The Bahamas, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.
Uncruise Adventures is also offering 7-night Pacific Northwest voyages. Discover the wild wonders of the Columbia River and San Juan Islands on one of their intimate ships – built for adventure and perfectly sized for a full charter. Note: At the time time, Uncruise Adventures requires all passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
For for the ultimate safe and worry-free voyage, yachts, small ships, and expedition vessels are also available to charter exclusively for your group in North America, the Caribbean Islands, and the Bahamas.
Will Cruising Be Safe?
Yes! In fact, traveling on a cruise ship will be safer than ever!
Guided by world-class experts in medicine and science, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and its ocean-going cruise line members have outlined a pathway to a phased-in, highly controlled safe return to passenger service.
Advanced Health & Safety Measures May Include:
- Ships operating with reduced capacity
- Negative COVID-19 tests required for passengers and crew
- Some cruise lines also requiring proof of the COVID-19 vaccine
- Daily touchless temperature checks
- Limited capacity in dining rooms, lounges, and other venues
- Hand sanitizing and use of face masks when necessary
- Buses and tenders thoroughly cleaned & disinfected between each trip
- Smaller excursion group sizes to maintain social distancing
- Expanded dining times, additional “al fresco” full-service venues
- Elimination of “self-service” buffet stations
- Medical-grade air purification systems that disinfect air onboard
- 100% fresh (not recirculated) air in cabins and public spaces
- More frequent cleaning & disinfecting with hospital-grade products
- Increased medical facilities, staff, and equipment on board
Learn More About Safe Cruises
As more cruise lines announce their return to cruising with new ships and unique itineraries, it’s time to start dreaming of your next reimagined cruise adventure.
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