Celebrity Cruises Drops Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement for Passengers
Celebrity Cruises recently announced new protocols for guests sailing from the US and European ports by dropping vaccination requirements and simplifying testing guidelines, making cruise travel easier for travelers.
Beginning September 5, all guests, regardless of vaccination status, departing on most sailings from the US and Europe can now cruise as long as they meet local testing requirements to board.
Celebrity Cruises will also now accept any commercially available test, including unsupervised self tests, in many destinations.
“A new world is waiting and I’m thrilled to now more closely align our operations with the rest of the travel industry and open up opportunities for everyone to explore, once again,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises.
Testing to sail
New pre-boarding testing requirements for the US and Europe include:
– Fully vaccinated guests no longer need to test to board sailings from the US that are nine nights or less (excluding sailings that visit Canada and Bermuda).
– A negative test result from a simple, unsupervised and self-administered test will be accepted for all sailings (excluding sailings that visit Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Greece or New Zealand).
– Children under 5 years of age sailing from the US and guests under 12 years of age sailing from Europe do not need to test prior to boarding.
Requirements in other regions
While Celebrity Cruises has dropped vaccination requirements, sailings to and from ports in Canada, Australia and New Zealand require all guests ages 12 and up to be fully vaccinated to sail in keeping with country requirements.
Galapagos cruises require guests ages 3 and older to be vaccinated.
For all sailings, detailed boarding information by country of embarkation is available on the Country Travel Requirements page of Celebrity Cruises’ HealthyAtSea.com portal.
Celebrity Cruises’ “Edge” ship resumed US sailings on June 26, 2021. Exactly one year later, Celebrity’s entire fleet of 15 award-winning ships had returned to operation, maintaining health and safety measures that exceed other types of vacations.
The line is now sailing in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and the Galapagos. It returns to Australia and New Zealand this October.
Navigator Travel & Tourist Services is Celebrity Cruises’ representative in Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria.