Can you smell it? It smells like the return of cruising! It’s the smell of crisp ocean air. Experts are saying that a return to cruising may happen at some point July, meaning a summer cruise can still be in your future. However, before the CDC allows ships to return to see, they are requiring all cruise lines to perform one test sailing before being allowed to return to full service. Royal Caribbean has been the only line to release sign up for these sailings. Reports were that they had over 250,000 people total sign up for the test sailings.
But when cruise ships do return to the sea, things will be different for a while. Here is what we know so far about testing and return requirments:
- For testing cruises only, all passengers must be 18 years or older and be fully vaccinated
- For testing cruises, they have not determined when or how they will select passengers. All passengers must consent to going on these voyagers prior to embarkation.
- Test cruises may be anywhere from 2 to 7 days in length. They will require at least one overnight stay.
- Currently, masks will be required on each cruise lines private island
- Masks will also be required will sitting on the pool deck. Masks not required while swimming
- The CDC currently suggests all guests wear masks while dining.
- When crushing does return, all guests will be required to show proof of a negative Covid test (guidelines will vary based on cruise line)
- Entertainment offerings will require social distancing in theaters, casino, etc.