Two More Cruise Lines Relax Vaccine Requirements
Late Wednesday evening, Royal Caribbean Group made the announcement that both Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises have relaxed vaccination mandates starting September 5.
For Royal Caribbean, cruises out LA, Galveston, New Orleans, and Europe will allow unvaccinated guests to sail. Celebrity Cruises is allowing unvaccinated guests to sail from LA and Europe.
As far as testing for the vaccinated guests, that will vary by itinerary as different ports require different things. Guests without the vaccine will have to test within three days of the sailing.
Always check with the line to know exactly what is necessary.
Earlier this week, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings made the same announcement, which goes into effect September 3.
One Million Carnival Guests Use VeriFLY App
One million Carnival guests have now used the VeriFLY app, which allows those who are vaccinated to easily submit their health screening information.
Since making the app available fleetwide in March, Carnival became the largest cruise line to implement it. Other lines that use it include Holland America and Viking. After entering their health information onto the app, a VeriFLY pass is issued within the app to be presented during embarkation.
Carnival does not require that guests use it, but it helps expedite the embarkation process. The VeriFLY app is available on the App Store and Google Play.
Pride of America Still Sailing at Low Capacity Due to Staffing Issues
During this week’s earnings call, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings president and CEO Frank Del Rio said that while the company is not experiencing staffing shortages which has led to other lines having to cancel sailings or dial back services. However, there is one exception.
Pride of America, the only American-flagged ship within the NCL fleet, is required by law to have 75 percent of their crew be American citizens. Because of difficulties meeting that quota, Pride of America is continuing to sail at only 40 percent capacity despite high demand for its Hawaiian itineraries.
Del Rio said the company is hoping to have the ship fully staffed and sailing at full capacity by the end of the year.