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Cruise News Today — August 25, 2021 [VIDEO]

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Disney to Require Passenger Vaccinations

Disney Cruise Line has announced that it will be requiring all passengers 12 and older to be vaccinated on sailings to the Bahamas starting September 3.

The news comes as the Bahamas has implemented the mandate due to a rise of cases in the country. The rule includes cruise line private islands such as Disney’s Castaway Cay.

Passengers under 12 must provide proof of a negative test taken prior to the cruise, as well as undergo another test at the terminal.

Impacted guests will be able to modify or cancel their sailing without any cancellation fees.

The Bahamas’ cruise passenger vaccine mandate is set to expire on November 1.

STORY: Disney Cruise Will Mandate Full Vaccination for Travelers 12+ on September 3

Federal Maritime Commissioner Talks About The Safety of Cruises

During an interview with CNBC, Federal Maritime Commissioner Louis Sola revealed that he feels safer on a cruise ship than on an airplane.

He also spoke about the relationship between the cruise industry and health officials, saying that “We also have a plan in place if we have a serious condition. We now have the ability to get that person off the ship immediately.”

The interview follows the latest guidance from the CDC encouraging at-risk passengers not to cruise, regardless of vaccination status. 

STORY: ‘Safer Than Flying’ Says Federal Maritime Commissioner on Cruising

Crystal Symphony Resumes Cruises

Another Crystal Cruises ship is officially back in service, as Crystal Symphony has set sail on the first in a series of four 7-night voyages from Boston to Bermuda.

Following those four sailings, the ship will move down to Manhattan to operate eight additional Bermuda cruises roundtrip starting September 24.

The ship is operating at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

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Sarah has been writing about the cruise industry since 2015. She’s been on eight cruises so far, and her favorite onboard activities include trying out the water slides, spending time in the spa’s thermal suite, eating lots of food, and attending the love & marriage show. You can keep up with her over on her Instagram at @IAmSarahJaneB.

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