Cruise Ship Vaccination 2022

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May 10, 2022

Cruise Ship Vaccination Requirements for 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to recede, many travelers are seeking vacations on cruise ships and sailing charters. As a result, on Mar. 14, 2022, the U.S. CDC published updates to the COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships and lowered its Travel Advisory from level 3 to 2, Moderate Level of COVID-19.

As of March 30, 2022, cruise ship passengers do not have to wear a mask inside their cabin and when outdoors, says the CDC. However, passengers should follow ship-specific mask protocols, which may change as the pandemic evolves and differ for passengers based on their vaccination status. And unless otherwise required by the operator, people are not required to wear a mask when located in outdoor areas of a transportation hub.

The CDC's COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships vaccination status classifications was updated on May 5, 2022, and the thresholds were lowered from 95% of passengers to 90% of passengers. And the CDC clarified that children under the age of five would not be counted when determining the percentage of passengers. The updated Cruise Ship Status Dashboard is posted on this CDC webpage.

Note: The U.S. CDC's Temporary Extension & Modification of Framework for Conditional Sailing Order expired on Jan. 15, 2022. And the U.S. Department of State recently updated its FAQs for cruise ship travelers.

Canada Cruise Ship Guidelines For 2022

Transport Canada published a Ship Safety Bulletin that updates Canada’s measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 from cruise ship operations.

Travel Vaccine Options for 2022

As of May 2022, the U.S. CDC segments travel vaccines into three categories: (1) routine (polio, measles, etc.); (2) required (yellow fever, etc.); (3) recommended (dengue, typhoid, etc.). Certain countries require proof of yellow fever vaccination prior to arrival.

Cruise Ship Travel Vaccine Appointments For 2022

Schedule a travel vaccination appointment before taking a cruise at this weblink.

Cruise Line COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement News For 2022

May 5, 2022 - The U.S. CDC announced it reduced the cruise ship vaccination status thresholds from 95% of passengers to 90% of passengers.

April 5, 2022 - The Caribbean Princess has canceled cruises until May 7, 2022. The Princess was assigned an “orange status” by the U.S. CDC which means that at least 0.3% of passengers and crew aboard the ship had tested positive for the virus.

March 25, 2022 - U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Carnival Cruise Line expanded the use of facial biometrics in the debarkation process at the Port of Mobile, AL.

March 23, 2022 - After two years and hundreds of missions across the commonwealth, the Pennsylvania National Guard has ended its COVID-19 response. Guard members were first activated on March 17, 2020, to assist the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and transport home 38 residents quarantined following a coronavirus outbreak on a cruise ship.

March 18, 2022 - Holland America Line will be implementing SKO Systems’ mBark facial recognition to check-in passengers and integrate Daon’s VeriFLY COVID-19 vaccination digital wallet in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

March 14, 2022 - The U.S. CDC lower its travel advisory for cruise ships from 3 to 2.

March 9, 2022 - Richard Branson’s Virgin Voyages revealed its fleet-wide partnership with Jennifer Lopez. 

March 7, 2022 - Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas cruise ship made its maiden voyage. The cruise line noted that current health and safety protocols and guest conduct rules vary by ship and destination due to differing regional travel restrictions. Guidance is "subject to change without notice."

February 25, 2022 - The Cayman Islands Government announced that after a 2-year hiatus cruise ships are projected to return from March 21, 2022.

February 23, 2022 - The Port of Seattle unveiled its preliminary cruise schedule for 2022. The seven major brands homeporting in Seattle will be sailing 14 vessels.

February 18, 2022- Matt Hochberg reported Royal Caribbean opted into the U.S. CDC Cruise Ship voluntary Covid-19 reporting program.

February 18, 2022 - The CDC published 'Technical Instructions for CDC's COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships Operating in U.S. Waters.'

February 15, 2022 - The U.S. CDC COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Travel Advisory was lowered to Level 3.

February 11, 2022 - Bloomberg reported that Crystal Cruises have terminated all their workers in the U.S.  Additionally they will be closing all their U.S. offices, headquarters were in Miami. This closure comes after two of its ships were seized in the Bahamas over unpaid fuel bills.

February 9, 2022 - The CDC issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for the Cruise ship industry.

February 4, 2022 - The U.S. CDC confirmed cruise ships operating out of Florida ports that choose to not follow the CSO are designated as "Gray." This designation means that CDC has not reviewed or confirmed the cruise ship operator's health and safety protocols.

February 2, 2022 - Cruise Hive reported Royal Caribbean has made adjustments to its safety protocols to its voyages from the U.S., Barbados, and Puerto Rico. 'While currently not required to sail, the CDC has recommended COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for those eligible, prior to cruise travel.'

February 1, 2022 - Disney Cruise Line reaffirmed its COVID-19 policy allowing guests who have recently recovered from COVID-19 to aboard its ships without any pre-cruise, embarkation, or disembarkation testing required. Disney continues to require all vaccine-eligible Guests (US eligibility) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

February 1, 2022 - Matt Hochberg reported Royal Caribbean had released its health protocols for anyone sailing from Puerto Rico, Barbados, and U.S. homeports departing through April 14, 2022.

January 28, 2022 - Carnival Cruise Line announced it would pause operations for selected Australian sailings departing from March 15 2020 through to and including May 29, 2022.

January 28, 2022 - Travel & Leasure reported Lindblad, Silversea, and Azamara cruise lines would require the additional COVID-19 vaccine (booster) dose for eligible passengers effective March 1, 2022. Viking Cruises already has the booster requirement in place.

January 27, 2022 - TravelAge West reported Aurora Expeditions updated its Health & Safety Program to include mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations prior to sailing. The policy will apply to guests, crew, and Expedition Team members.

January 26, 2021 - Royal Caribbean Group, together with local officials, commemorated an essential milestone on the cruise company's journey to resume operations with its state-of-the-art luxury ship, Celebrity Edge, the first cruise to sail from a U.S. port following the industry's service suspension. 

January 25, 2022 - Bookings opened for Carnival Jubilee's inaugural 2023 and 2024 schedule from the Port of Galveston in Texas.

January 21, 2022 - Carnival Cruise Line announced it is using the VeriFLY solution for its operations from U.S. homeports, with a pilot program launching for Mardi Gras at Port Canaveral.

January 4, 2022 - The Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division announced the execution of the first port agreement(s) with Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines to formalize health and safety protocols for operations in the State of Hawaii during 2022.

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