Cruisers sailing aboard any Celebrity ship departing from Florida will no longer have to show proof of a COVID vaccine.
According to USA Today, Celebrity Cruises has adjusted its COVID vaccination requirement for cruises departing from the Sunshine State. Instead, it will be at the passenger’s discretion to let the cruise line know if they have been vaccinated.
#CelebrityEquinox will now sail the Caribbean from Ft Lauderdale beginning July 25. She joins her sister Celebrity Edge, the 1st ship to return to US waters on June 26! #SomedayIsHere #WonderReturns pic.twitter.com/9d1om4Gany
— Celebrity Cruises (@CelebrityCruise) June 8, 2021
Originally, those booking a Celebrity cruise were asked for their vaccination status during the booking process, however, beginning July 1 that mandate goes against a Florida state law banning businesses from requiring proof of vaccination.
Instead, Celebrity notes, “Guests over 16 years old (over 12 for any sailing on or after August 1st) who decline or are unable to show proof of vaccination at boarding will be treated as unvaccinated and subject to additional protocols, restrictions, and costs for COVID-19 testing.”
USA Today reports those additional protocols include:
* Arriving for embarkation with a negative PCR test taking within the 72-hour period ahead of arrival at the terminal.
* Antigen test at the pier.
* Mid-cruise antigen test.
* Antigen test at the end of the cruise.
* Masks required at all times during the cruise except when eating and drinking.
* Unvaccinated passengers will be restricted to certain seating areas onboard in venues such as dining rooms.
* Depending on local requirements at ports of call, unvaccinated passengers may not be allowed to disembark.
USA Today reports come with a price tag of $178.