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St. Kitts Welcomes First Cruise Ship Since Early 2020

The Caribbean island of St. Kitts welcomed its first cruise ship on Tuesday after almost 18 months.

Celebrity Equinox docked at the island, marking the first of several Royal Caribbean Group ships that are scheduled to visit this year.

Currently, St. Kitts and Nevis is requiring that 95 percent of crew and all eligible passengers be fully vaccinated. Testing requirements are also in place to visit.

The ship arrived in St. Kitts just one day after the country was added to the CDC’s Level 4 “avoid travel” list due to high levels of COVID-19 in the country.

STORY: Caribbean Island Welcomes First Cruise Ship in 18 Months

Royal Caribbean Updates Protocols

Royal Caribbean has announced updated protocols for all U.S. based cruises departing between October 1 and 15.

All guests 12 and up will be required to be vaccinated at least two weeks prior to sailing. Vaccinated passengers will need to present a negative antigen or PCR test result taken within two days of sailing, with at-home tests purchased through Royal Caribbean also being accepted.

Unvaccinated kids 2 and older will need to present a negative PCR test result taken within three days of sailing, and they’ll also be required to take a PCR test at the terminal prior to boarding the ship. 

More Norwegian Ships Resume Cruising

One third of Norwegian Cruise Line’s fleet is officially back in service.

The milestone was hit when Norwegian Getaway set sail from Rome for the Greek Isles on Monday. 

Also recently in the Mediterranean, Norwegian Epic resumed cruises on September 5th from Barcelona.

Another Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings ship, Regent’s Seven Seas Splendor, also returned to sailing on Saturday from Southampton, England.

STORY: One-Third of Norwegian Cruise Line Fleet Back in Service

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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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