Norwegian Cruise Line has finally restarted sailing after a 500-day suspension. All passengers on the 7-day Greek Isles cruise must be vaccinated and wear masks.

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The Norwegian Jade set sail from Greece on Sunday

  • The Norwegian Jade set sail from Athens, Greece, on Sunday for a seven-day Greek islands tour.
  • It was the first of Norwegian’s 17-ship fleet to restart sailing following a 500-day suspension.
  • All passengers and crew have to be vaccinated and wear masks.
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Norwegian Cruise Line has restarted sailing after a 500-day suspension during the pandemic.

The ship, the Norwegian Jade, set sail from Piraeus in Athens, Greece, on Sunday for a seven-day tour of the Greek islands.

Passengers can only board if they’re vaccinated against COVID-19.

As well as being the first of Norwegian’s 17-ship fleet to restart sailing, the Norwegian Jade also became the cruise company’s first vessel to make Athens its home port.

Norwegian, one of the world’s biggest cruise companies, announced in April that it would require the COVID-19 vaccine for its guests and crew. It even threatened to avoid all Florida stops after the state banned businesses from asking for proof of vaccination.

Passengers can go maskless on most of its cruises, though masks are still mandated for cruises in Europe, per local government regulations.

All guests are also required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by the cruise line, before boarding.

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The cruise takes passengers to Santorini.

The cruise takes passengers to islands including Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, and Santorini as part of its “Greek Isles” trip.

Read more: Norwegian Cruises’ CEO is eyeing acquisitions thanks to an $8 billion war chest raised during the pandemic. Here are the 6 companies it could pick up, per experts

“Norwegian Jade’s first Greek Isles voyages sold out shortly after we made the announcement that we were on our way back,” Norwegian CEO Harry Sommer said in a press release.

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Japanese restaurant Teppanyaki is one of the dining option onboard the Norwegian Jade.

The ship has 15 different restaurants and cafes, an art gallery, a casino, a library, and a video arcade.

After the debut journey, the cruises are departing each Sunday from August 29 through November 7.

Prices vary from about $677 per person for an inside cabin to more than $4,500 for “The Haven,” which comes with 24-hour butler service and an exclusive sundeck with pool.

Norwegian Cruise Line the Haven
Luxury suite the Haven includes access to an exclusive sundeck with pool.

“People are champing at the bit to cruise again,” the CEO of Carnival Corp, the world’s biggest cruise company, told Fox Business in June. He said that people were confident in the safety of cruises as the vaccine rollout continued across the US, and that the shots were a “huge game-changer.”

Norwegian said the Norwegian Jade’s deployment in Athens is part of a long-term strategy to increase its presence in Europe. It plans to base nine ships in the region through 2023, it said.

Norwegian’s first ship to return to service from the US will be the Norwegian Encore on August 7, which will start in Seattle for its inaugural season of Alaska cruises.

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Princess Cruises just extended its sailing pause. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again.

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Major cruise lines such as MSC Cruises have already begun sailings in Europe.

  • Major cruise lines have been pushing their return to sailing dates back throughout the pandemic.
  • Several cruise lines will resume sailing this summer from international ports instead of US waters.
  • These are the updated 2021 sailing plans for cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Disney Cruises.
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Bad news for any eager cruisegoers: cruise lines are continuing to extend cruising suspensions into 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The cruising industry initially saw a quiet period after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted and extended its no-sail order as the coronavirus pandemic began surging in 2020. But after months of waiting, in October, the CDC replaced its mandatory sailing pause with a “framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” a list of rigorous requirements needed for cruise lines to continue operating again by November.

Despite this order, updates to it in April and May, and the impending debut of several cruise ships over the next few years, the return of cruising to US waters still remains in limbo. Presently, many major cruise lines with plans to resume sailing this summer will only be departing from international ports instead of US waters due to these CDC restrictions.

Read more: COVID-19 has created a once-in-a-lifetime crisis for Carnival and Royal Caribbean, but after surviving hijackings and shipwrecks, the industry looks unsinkable

Keep scrolling to see the updated sailing suspension dates for several major cruise lines:

Norwegian Cruises

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Norwegian Cruises.

On a suspended sailings update on December 29, 2020, Norwegian hit the pause button on all of its cruises that were set to sail through March. However, on January 19, the cruise line pushed this sail date back one month through April.

Almost a month later, Norwegian canceled all of its cruises through May. But on March 16, the cruise line announced it would be suspending all trips through June 30, including cruises on its Oceania and Regent Seven Seas lines.

On April 6, Norwegian announced it would halt sailings on eight ships – the Norwegian Breakaway, Dawn, Escape, Getaway, Sky, Spirit, Star, and Sun – through August 31. Sailings on the Norwegian Epic and Pearl were also put on hold through September 1 and November 7, respectively.

However, sailings aboard the Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Jade, and Norwegian Gem are set to resume in July as fully vaccinated cruises in Europe and the Caribbean.

Princess Cruises

A fishing boat sails past the Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess cruise ship as it docks in Manila Bay during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cavite city, Philippines, May 7, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess cruise ship docks in Manila Bay during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cavite city

Princess Cruises originally paused its trips through March, according to a notice posted on November 20, 2020, but announced on January 6 that it would be extending this pause through May 14.

The cruise line had also paused all sailings through November 1 that were set to be longer than seven days going to and from US ports, and any trips sailing to and from Japan through June 25, according to the November notice.

“We continue to prepare our ships for our return to service and we are eager to see our guests back on board to create summertime memories,” Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ president, said in a statement.

But on March 9, the cruise line again updated its suspensions list with different timelines for different cruises. For example, cruises from Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and Rome have been halted through the end of June, while European cruises originally set to sail to and from Southhampton, England have been paused through September 25. Sailings from Seattle were also put on hold through June 27, according to an additional update only seven days later.

Two months later on May 12, Princess Cruises announced additional sailing delays for three ships as the cruise line works to complete its return-to-sailing plans, the company said in a press release. The affected sailings include all of the 2021 Mediterranean cruises aboard the Enchanted Princess, California and Mexico sailings on the Ruby Princess, and Caribbean sailings on the Caribbean Princess through August 21.

“We continue to have constructive discussions with the CDC but still have many questions that remain unanswered,” Jan Swartz, the president of Princess Cruises, said in the press release.

Carnival Cruises

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship is docked at the Port of Jacksonville amid the coronavirus outbreak on March 27, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

A full list of suspended sailing dates per ship is available on Carnival’s website. In a January 6 news release, Carnival cruises announced it would resume sailing after March 31 with several ships remaining docked even further into the future.

“We are sorry to disappoint our guests, as we can see from our booking activity that there is clearly a pent-up demand for cruising on Carnival,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement on the news release.

However, 16 days later, Carnival updated this statement and hit the pause button on all trips through April 30. On February 24, the cruise line pushed its no-sail timeline even further back through May.

According to a December press release, Carnival has set up dry docks for the Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, and Carnival Valor, therefore halting any of the ships’ embarkments through September 24, May 31, and September 11, respectively. However, on January 25, Carnival announced its plans to suspend these three ships even further until November.

The January 25 release also included announcements related to several other ships and trips. One notable sailing freeze in the update includes trips out of San Diego. Seasonal service trips and planned sailings through April 2023 out of San Diego have now been suspended, and seven of these sailings to Hawaii have been moved to Long Beach, California instead.

Read more: Carnival’s CEO told employees in an internal video that ‘a new sense of optimism’ in the cruising industry will let him end their 20% pay cuts

The upcoming inaugural Mardi Gras trip was also pushed back as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

On April 6, Carnival again halted all sailings from US ports through June 30. Christine Duffy, president of Carnival, said in a press release that the cruise line may instead decide to resume sailing from ports outside of the US, a workaround other cruise lines like Royal Caribbean have decided to employ as well.

“We are asking that the cruise industry be treated on par with the approach being taken with other travel and tourism sectors, as well as US society at large,” Duffy said in the press release.

But now, the majority of Carnival’s ships won’t be accommodating passengers until July 31 the soonest, according to a May 11 press release.

However, there is one glimmer of hope for Carnival fans who can’t wait any longer. The cruise line is eyeing a potential resumption of sailing in July aboard three Carnival ships – the Vista, Breeze, and Horizon – from Florida and Texas ports. The Carnival Miracle could also see some passengers by July from Washington, but this hinges on the cruise line’s ability to sail to Alaska.

Royal Caribbean

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The Wonder of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean originally suspended its cruise trips through February 28, according to a December 17 update. However, on January 12, the cruise line pushed its no-sail date back even further through April 30. The only exceptions to this are its Quantum of the Seas ship in Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas ship in China.

Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises line also halted any trips originally planned through April 30, according to an update on January 12. Several other Celebrity Cruises sailings were paused even further through October.

Less than a month later on March 9, Celebrity announced it would push this pause back through May.

Read more: Carnival and Royal Caribbean salaries revealed: From $32,000 to $383,000, here’s how much the cruise industry’s power players pay some of their employees

On January 13, Royal Caribbean’s Silversea Cruises released an updated list of sailing dates with the first trip embarking on April 1. However, the soonest sail date was later pushed back to May 1, according to a January 21 update.

About two months later on March 9, the mega cruise group announced extended sailing pauses for its Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Silversea, and Azamara lines. In the announcement Royal Caribbean said its sailings would be put on hold through May 31, excluding its Quantum of the Seas and Odyssey of the Seas ships.

But on April 8, Royal Caribbean again extended this pause, this time through June 30.

There are some exceptions to this July resumption of sailing, including the Vision of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas ships. Both will instead begin sailing in June as “fully vaccinated” cruises.

However, some trips will see an even longer suspension. This includes the Quantum of the Seas’ Alaska sailings from April to October 14 “in order to allow additional time for our preparation,” the cruise line announced. Meanwhile, Odyssey of the Seas’ Rome sailings from May to October 28 have also been suspended, and the new ship will instead set sail from Israel from June to October for Israeli residents only.

Anthem of the Seas sailings from June to August 29 have also been put on hold, and the ship will instead sail in July for UK residents only.

Celebrity and Silversea’s cruises have also been suspended through May 31, while Azamara’s has been pushed back through June 30.

Holland America Line

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Holland America.

Holland America originally paused all cruise trips through April 30, according to an update on January 6. All trips departing or arriving in Canada this year were also been canceled.

On March 9, the cruise line updated this no-sail order and extended it through June 30.

Read more: Vacationers already devote 35% of cruise trip budgets to onboard retail purchases – and experts say pandemic protocols will only make duty-free retail more pivotal

Disney Cruises

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Disney Cruises.

Disney Cruises halted all trips through February 28, according to a travel updated posted on December 11, 2020. Cruises longer than seven nights have been suspended even further. One month later on January 12, Disney Cruises extended its no-sail date through March.

On January 27, Disney Cruises pushed this sailing freeze timeline through April, and then again through May in a February 24 announcement. All Disney Magic sailings in Europe through August 10 were then also canceled due to the “likelihood of international borders remaining closed for an extended period of time.”

On April 6, this timeline was set even further back with the suspension of Disney Dream, Fantasy, and Wonder sailings – all originally set to depart from the US – through June. The original Disney Magic cruises were also halted through September 18. The ship will instead sail as “staycation” cruises for UK residents this summer.

Like other cruise lines, Disney is “evaluating various options” for its Disney Wonder Alaska cruises with dockings in Canada.

See the full list of suspended Disney Cruises here.

MSC Cruises

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MSC Magnifica cruise ship in Italy.

MSC released a list of cancellation dates per cruise ship, and the sail dates vary from the end of January to November. Trips on the MSC Armonia, for example, have been canceled through May 28, while the MSC Preziosa won’t be seeing any passengers until after May 31.

Ships like the MSC Fantasia won’t hit the seas until June 5.

P&O Cruises

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P&O Cruises.

P&O previously announced it halted all trips through April. Now, trips on P&O’s Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, and Ventura ships have been paused through August, while its Britannia and Iona ship sailings have been put on hold through September.

Costa Cruises

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Costa Cruises’ Costa Pacifica.

On March 22, Costa Cruises announced it would delay the return of its cruises until May due to coronavirus-related restrictions in certain European countries.

“Such measures do not allow the company to offer the best cruise vacations to its guests, especially for what concerns the experience ashore,” the cruise line noted in a press release.

Costa – a Carnival-owned brand that specializes in cruising around Europe – had previous planned to restart on March 27. As of April 6, the Costa Deliziosa, Firenze, Magica and Pacifica will all resume sailing either May 28 or 29.

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Norwegian has unveiled a new cruise ship complete with a food hall, Starbucks, and its largest staterooms ever – see inside

The Norwegian Prima cruise ship
The new Norwegian Prima.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled its latest ship: Prima.
  • The new vessel has several of the company’s firsts, including a unique food hall and glass bridges.
  • The new vessel, with Norwegian’s largest-ever staterooms, will begin sailing in the summer of 2022.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.
Norwegian Cruise Line has unveiled its latest cruise ship: the Norwegian Prima.

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The new Norwegian Prima.

“As we emerge from this global crisis, this announcement marks a strong sign of hope for the cruise sector,” Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, the Italian shipbuilder that constructed the Norwegian Prima, said in a press release.

The announcement comes at a hopeful time for the cruise industry.

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The Haven Sundeck aboard the Norwegian Prima.

On May 5, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines on how cruise lines should go about trial voyages. These test trips are meant to precede the COVID-19 Conditional Sailing Certificate needed to resume passenger sailings again after a year of no large cruise ships in US waters.

However, cruise lines that can prove that 98% of its crew and 95% of passengers are vaccinated will be allowed to skip these trial sailings.

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The stern of the Norwegian Prima.

This may include Norwegian, which plans to require vaccinations.

Norwegian’s new Prima ship is the first of six upcoming vessels under the cruise line’s new “Prima Class,” its first new class in almost a decade.

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An oceanview room aboard the Norwegian Prima.

The new ship is aptly named after the Italian word for “first.”

This new ship will be able to accommodate 3,215 guests.

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The food hall aboard the Norwegian Prima.

In total, it’ll stretch 965 feet long and will weigh 142,500 tons.

The new ship will have features that have never been seen on previous Norwegian ships, such as a food hall, two glass bridges, and a decorated hull.

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The Haven Sundeck aboard the Norwegian Prima.

It’ll also have more outdoor and pool deck space than any other Norwegian ship.

Prima will also have Norwegian’s first “Ocean Boulevard” section filled with different leisure and entertainment options.

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The food hall aboard the Norwegian Prima.

This 44,000-square-foot “boulevard” will wrap around the eighth deck and will be lined with views of the ocean.

One of the boulevard’s offerings will include the Indulge Food Hall, Norwegian’s first food hall concept.

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The food hall aboard the Norwegian Prima.

This take-out dining hub will have 11 eateries, beverage shops, and dessert offerings.

Craving a Starbucks coffee, southern American comfort food, or Thai noodle dishes? Just head to Indulge.

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The food hall aboard the Norwegian Prima.

The food hall will also have an Indian eatery, a salad bar, a Tapas “food truck,” and an ice cream shop.

If you’d rather dine in, you can head to one of Ocean Boulevard’s three restaurants, which will all be equipped with both indoor and outdoor tables.

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The stern of the Norwegian Prima.

The three establishments include the Onda By Scarpetta, Los Lobos, and the Local Bar and Grill.

Onda by Scarpetta – which will serve up modern Italian meals – is also available on the Norwegian Encore and Spirit ships.

Onda by Scarpetta restaurant aboard the Norwegian Prima cruise ship
The Onda by Scarpetta restaurant aboard the Norwegian Prima.

If you’re craving Mexican food, you might want to opt for Los Lobos instead. But if you’re in the mood for an “upscale beach club atmosphere,” head to the Local Bar and Grill, which has cocktails and American food.

Not in the mood for a meal on Ocean Boulevard?

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The Norwegian Prima’s “The Concourse.”

The boulevard will also have “The Concourse,” an art and sculpture garden with seven pieces valued at a total of over $2 million, according to the cruise line.

Ocean Boulevard also has leisure areas that cater to guests who’d rather spend a relaxing afternoon by the pool.

Ocean Boulevard aboard the Norwegian Prima.
The Ocean Boulevard aboard the Norwegian Prima.

This includes the boulevard’s two infinity pools, two glass bridges for unique views of the water, and the La Terraza lounge.

Guests can book a stay inside a stateroom or one of Prima’s 13 types of suites, including the biggest three-bedroom suites “of any new cruise ship,” according to Norwegian.

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An oceanview room aboard the Norwegian Prima.

Prima’s inside, oceanview, and balcony staterooms will be larger than the ones aboard any other Norwegian ship.

If you’re looking for more luxury, you could book one of the 107 “Haven” suites.

iving room of the Norwegian Prima cruise ship Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite
The living room of the Norwegian Prima’s Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite.

These passengers will have access to Haven-only areas, including private elevators exclusively for Haven guests.

Haven guests can also access a shared sundeck with an infinity pool, and an outdoor spa with a sauna and cold room.

Norwegian Prima's Haven Deluxe Owner's Suite's hot tub and balcony
The hot tub on the balcony of the Norwegian Prima’s Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite.

There’s also a Haven restaurant and a combination lounge and bar.

Norwegian Prima’s future itineraries are already available on Norwegian’s website.

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An oceanview room aboard the Norwegian Prima.

The new vessel will spend the summer, fall, and winter of 2022 and 2023 in Europe, the UK, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. 

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Norwegian Cruise Line threatened to avoid all Florida stops after the state banned businesses from asking for proof of vaccination

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Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Sky ship.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line threatened to skip all stops in Florida to avoid potentially unvaccinated customers.
  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order last month prohibiting businesses from mandating COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line announced last month that all passengers aboard must be vaccinated.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

A popular cruise line is threatening to avoid stops in Florida in response to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ ruling that businesses cannot mandate that customers be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is among several cruise lines that have announced some form of a vaccine requirement. The company requires that all passengers aboard be vaccinated against the virus.

The Associated Press reported that Norwegian Cruise Line CEO Frank Del Rio said on a quarterly earnings call last week that the state’s policy could affect the cruise line’s routes along the Caribbean islands.

“We certainly hope it doesn’t come to that,” Del Rio said, adding that the company is in conversation with DeSantis’ office.

The governor banned vaccine passports in an executive order issued April 2. The order also prohibits local businesses from mandating that customers show proof of vaccination against the coronavirus.

The ban extends to cruise lines as well, DeSantis’ press secretary, Cody McCloud, said.

“The Governor’s Executive Order provides that businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business,” McCloud told Insider in an email.

“Therefore, the Executive Order prohibits cruise lines from requiring vaccine passports for their Florida operations,” McCloud added.

The US government has indicated that it won’t mandate that people get vaccinated against the virus as a federal body. But entities like small businesses, restaurants, gyms, and other public venues might require proof of vaccination – a so-called vaccine passport – for entry or participation. Individuals hoping to travel out of the country might also need to show proof of vaccination.

“It is a classic state-versus-federal-government issue,” Del Rio said, according to the AP. “Lawyers believe that federal law applies and not state law, but I’m not a lawyer. And we hope that this doesn’t become a legal football or a political football.”

About 32% of all Florida residents are fully vaccinated, according to a New York Times vaccine tracker. That’s roughly in line with the rate of the US as a whole. About 33% of the US population has been fully vaccinated against the virus, according to CDC data.

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Norwegian Cruise Line CEO says it will stop sailing out of Florida if the state does not allow it to verify COVID-19 vaccinations

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Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.

In April, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning vaccine passports and local businesses from requiring proof of the COVID-19 vaccine. Now, Norwegian Cruise Line, which will be requiring its guests and crew to be vaccinated, may have to stop sailing out of the Sunshine State.

The same month DeSantis’ unveiled the executive order, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced a sweeping COVID-19 vaccine mandate for guests and crew aboard its three cruise lines – Norwegian, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas – in a bid to resume sailing by July.

“We believe that through a combination of 100% mandatory vaccinations for guests and crew and science-backed public health measures … we can create a safe, ‘bubble-like’ environment for guests and crew,” Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said in a press release.

However, this mandate may directly clash with DeSantis’ executive order, which also includes “prohibiting cruise lines from requiring vaccine passports for their Florida operations,” DeSantis’ press secretary Cody McCloud told Insider in an email in April.

This creates a potential skirmish between the cruise line and Florida. As a result, Norwegian has been in talks with DeSantis’ office regarding this “issue,” Del Rio said during the company’s Q1 earnings call on May 6. But ultimately, this executive order could cause the cruise line to stop sailing out of Florida if state law applies.

Read more: COVID-19 has created a once-in-a-lifetime crisis for Carnival and Royal Caribbean, but after surviving hijackings and shipwrecks, the industry looks unsinkable

“At the end of the day, cruise ships have motors, propellers, and rudders, and god forbid we [can’t] operate in the state of Florida for whatever reason, then there are other states that we do operate from,” Del Rio said. “We can operate from the Caribbean for ships that otherwise would’ve gone to Florida.”

DeSantis previously announced in April that the state would be suing the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bring back the cruise industry “immediately,” citing that the state was losing business because cruise lines had found a workaround to the CDC’s halt on cruising by sailing out of international ports like Bermuda and the Caribbeans instead.

However, Del Rio hopes the cruise line won’t have to move its ships out of the state’s “very lucrative market”: “Everyone wants to operate out of Florida,” Del Rio said. But despite this clash in mandates, Norwegian still has plans to stick with its vaccine mandate.

“We’re going to have one rule and one rule only, and that is at least at the beginning, 100% of our guests and our crew will be vaccinated,” Del Rio said.

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Cruise lines and Florida are on track for a standoff over COVID-19 vaccine requirements

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The Carnival Ecstasy docked at the Port of Jacksonville on March 27, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order banning businesses from requiring vaccines applies to cruise lines.
  • However, several cruise lines have already announced vaccine mandates.
  • DeSantis has been vocal about the cruise industry and previously said the state would sue the CDC to bring cruises back sooner.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Florida and cruise companies could be locked in a battle over vaccine requirements as the state puts a ban on vaccine passports while cruise lines continue to mandate the jabs for passengers and crew.

On April 2, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order banning vaccine passports and local businesses from requiring this proof of vaccination. This ban applies to cruise lines as well, DeSantis’ press secretary Cody McCloud told Insider in an email.

“The Governor’s Executive Order provides that businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business,” McCloud told Insider in an email. “Therefore, the Executive Order prohibits cruise lines from requiring vaccine passports for their Florida operations.”

Read more: The Great GOP Migration: How South Florida became a shadow capital for Trump conservatives

However, many cruise lines have already announced some form of a vaccine requirement, whether it be for crew, guests, or both. This includes Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, which recently unveiled a sweeping vaccine requirement for its Norwegian, Oceania, and Regent Seven Seas brand. Other cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean, have held off on guest or crew requirements, instead opting to announce select “fully vaccinated” sailings.

However, major cruise lines – with the exception of those with a sweeping vaccine mandate – have withheld announcing a vaccine policy for future sailing series departing from US ports. So far, all of Royal Caribbean’s cruises operating under a vaccine order will be sailing out of international ports located in countries like Israel, Bermuda, and Cyprus.

DeSantis’ decision to prohibit cruise lines from requiring vaccines could prove to be yet another major issue for cruise companies, many of which have historically sailed out of Florida ports. But some experts have questioned DeSantis’ ability to impose such a ban upon cruise lines, according to a report from the Sun Sentinel.

This includes Jim Walker – an attorney based in South Florida with a specialization in maritime law – who told the Sun Sentinel that DeSantis may not have the jurisdiction needed to either prohibit cruise lines from enforcing a vaccine mandate or bring cruises back.

Regardless, it could be a while before we see any stand-off between the state and cruise lines interested in sailing out of Florida with a vaccine requirement.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to give cruise lines the green light to resume sailing and has shied away from enforcing an industry-wide vaccine mandate. As a result, no major cruise lines will be sailing from US ports in the near future, even if the ship is traveling with a vaccine mandate.

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Former FDA commissioner says cruises could be a ‘lower risk endeavor’ compared to other travel

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Cruise ships.

  • Cruises could be “lower risk” compared to travel options like international trips, Scott Gottlieb told CNBC.
  • Gottlieb is a former FDA commissioner and the co-chair of Norwegian and Royal Caribbean’s Health Sail Panel.
  • Cruise lines have implemented many health protocols that could turn ships into “protective bubbles.”
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

Cruising could be a “lower risk” travel option compared to other alternatives, such as overseas vacations, Scott Gottlieb, the former US Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on April 9.

Many major cruise lines have created robust health and safety protocols to make the return of sailing safer amid COVID-19. This includes Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Group, which partnered to establish the Healthy Sail Panel. The panel suggests ways for the industry to move ahead safely amid virus concerns and is currently being co-chaired by Gottlieb, a Pfizer board member.

The panel has already recommended 74 protocols, from face mask use to COVID-19 testing for guests and crew.

“As you start to implement all these public health recommendations that we’ve outlined, you start to create an environment that can be quite safe,” Gottlieb told CNBC. “You can create a protective bubble around the [cruise] experience.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, virus outbreaks aboard cruise ships around the world left thousands of cruisers stranded or infected. Shortly after, the CDC put a no-sail order in place, which was later replaced by its recently updated conditional sailing order.

Read more: Carnival and Royal Caribbean salaries revealed: From $32,000 to $383,000, here’s how much the cruise industry’s power players pay some of their employees

To make the return of sailing safer, several cruise lines have implemented COVID-19 vaccine mandates. This includes Norwegian, which recently declared a vaccine requirement for both guests and crew.

Shortly after this announcement, Frank Del Rio, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ president and CEO, told CNBC’s Jim Cramer that cruise ships will “de facto become the safest place on earth” as more cruise companies continue to ramp up health protocols.

“I challenge you to tell me of another venue anywhere that has this kind of ironclad health and safety protocols in place,” Del Rio told CNBC’s Cramer.

Gottlieb has since echoed Del Rio’s sentiments regarding the safety of cruise ships.

“I believe you can create a safe bubble around that experience, especially when you’re comparing it to other vacation experiences where you can’t control the environment,” Gottlieb told CNBC.

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Several cruise lines just moved their sailing restart dates. See when major cruise lines plan on operating again.

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Major cruise lines such as MSC Cruises have already begun sailings in Europe.

  • Many major cruise lines will not be setting sail until, at the earliest, May (often as fully vaccinated cruises).
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention still recommends avoiding cruise trips during the pandemic.
  • These are the updated 2021 sailing plans for cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, Carnival, and Disney Cruises.
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Bad news for any eager cruisegoers: cruise lines are continuing to extend cruising suspensions into 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The cruising industry initially saw a quiet period after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted and extended its no-sail order as the coronavirus pandemic began surging in 2020. But after months of waiting, in October, the CDC replaced its mandatory sailing pause with a “framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” a list of rigorous requirements needed for cruise lines to continue operating again by November.

Despite this order, an update to it in April, and the impending debut of several cruise ships over the next few years, the return of cruising still remains in limbo. Presently, no major US cruises will be setting sail until May at the earliest, but many cruise lines are still continuing to push back their sail dates.

Read more: COVID-19 has created a once-in-a-lifetime crisis for Carnival and Royal Caribbean, but after surviving hijackings and shipwrecks, the industry looks unsinkable

Keep scrolling to see the updated sailing suspension dates for several major cruise lines:

Norwegian Cruises

norwegian epic cruise ship
Norwegian Cruises.

On a suspended sailings update on December 29, 2020, Norwegian hit the pause button on all of its cruises that were set to sail through March. However, on January 19, the cruise line pushed this sail date back one month through April.

Almost a month later, Norwegian canceled all of its cruises through May. But on March 16, the cruise line announced it would be suspending all trips through June 30, including cruises on its Oceania and Regent Seven Seas lines.

On April 6, Norwegian announced it would halt sailings on eight ships – the Norwegian Breakaway, Dawn, Escape, Getaway, Sky, Spirit, Star, and Sun – through August 31. Sailings on the Norwegian Epic and Pearl were also put on hold through September 1 and November 7, respectively.

However, sailings aboard the Norwegian Joy, Norwegian Jade, and Norwegian Gem are set to resume in July as fully vaccinated cruises in Europe and the Caribbean.

Princess Cruises

A fishing boat sails past the Princess Cruises' Ruby Princess cruise ship as it docks in Manila Bay during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cavite city, Philippines, May 7, 2020. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess cruise ship docks in Manila Bay during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Cavite city

Princess Cruises originally paused its trips through March, according to a notice posted on November 20, 2020, but announced on January 6 that it would be extending this pause through May 14.

The cruise line had also paused all sailings through November 1 that were set to be longer than seven days going to and from US ports, and any trips sailing to and from Japan through June 25, according to the November notice.

“We continue to prepare our ships for our return to service and we are eager to see our guests back on board to create summertime memories,” Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ president, said in a statement.

However, on March 9, the cruise line again updated its suspensions list with different timelines for different cruises. For example, cruises from Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and Rome have been halted through the end of June, while European cruises originally set to sail to and from Southhampton, England have been paused through September 25. You can view the updated sailing timelines on Princess Cruises’ website.

When the cruise line resumes sailing, several ships – including the Diamond Princess and the Grand Princess – will have Princess’ MedallionClass Experience. This “experience” includes new health protocols and contactless features.

Carnival Cruises

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Ecstasy cruise ship is docked at the Port of Jacksonville amid the coronavirus outbreak on March 27, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida.

A full list of suspended sailing dates per ship is available on Carnival’s website. In a January 6 news release, Carnival cruises announced it would resume sailing after March 31 with several ships remaining docked even further into the future.

“We are sorry to disappoint our guests, as we can see from our booking activity that there is clearly a pent-up demand for cruising on Carnival,” Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, said in a statement on the news release.

However, 16 days later, Carnival updated this statement and hit the pause button on all trips through April 30. On February 24, the cruise line pushed its no-sail timeline even further back through May.

According to a press release posted on December 9, 2020, Carnival has set up dry docks for the Carnival Magic, Carnival Paradise, and Carnival Valor, therefore halting any of the ships’ embarkments through September 24, May 31, and September 11, respectively. However, on January 25, Carnival announced its plans to suspend these three ships even further until November.

The January 25 release also included announcements related to several other ships and trips. One notable sailing freeze in the update includes trips out of San Diego. Seasonal service trips and planned sailings through April 2023 out of San Diego have now been suspended, and seven of these sailings to Hawaii have been moved to Long Beach, California instead.

Read more: Carnival’s CEO told employees in an internal video that ‘a new sense of optimism’ in the cruising industry will let him end their 20% pay cuts

The upcoming inaugural Mardi Gras trip was also pushed back as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

On April 6, Carnival halted all sailings from US ports through June 30. Christine Duffy, president of Carnival, said in a press release that the cruise line may instead decide to resume sailing from ports outside of the US, a workaround other cruise lines like Royal Caribbean have decided to employ as well.

“We are asking that the cruise industry be treated on par with the approach being taken with other travel and tourism sectors, as well as US society at large,” Duffy said in the press release.

Royal Caribbean

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
The Wonder of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean originally suspended its cruise trips through February 28, according to a December 17 update. However, on January 12, the cruise line pushed its no-sail date back even further through April 30. The only exceptions to this are its Quantum of the Seas ship in Singapore and Spectrum of the Seas ship in China.

Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises line also halted any trips originally planned through April 30, according to an update on January 12. Several other Celebrity Cruises sailings were paused even further through October.

Less than a month later on March 9, Celebrity announced it would push this pause back through May.

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On January 13, Royal Caribbean’s Silversea Cruises released an updated list of sailing dates with the first trip embarking on April 1. However, the soonest sail date was later pushed back to May 1, according to a January 21 update.

About two months later on March 9, the mega cruise group announced extended sailing pauses for its Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Silversea, and Azamara lines.

Now, Royal Caribbean sailings will be put on hold through May 31, excluding its Quantum of the Seas and Odyssey of the Seas ships.

Quantum of the Seas’ Alaska trips from April 5 to October 14 have instead been put on hold “in order to allow additional time for our preparation,” the cruise line announced. Meanwhile, Odyssey of the Seas’ Rome sailings from May 9 to October 28 have also been suspended. The new ship will instead set sail from Israel from June to October for Israeli residents only.

Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas sailings in China beginning the end of April through May are also exempt from this pause.

Celebrity and Silversea’s cruises have also been suspended through May 31, while Azamara’s has been pushed back through June 30.

Holland America Line

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Holland America.

Holland America originally paused all cruise trips through April 30, according to an update on January 6. All trips departing or arriving in Canada this year were also been canceled.

On March 9, the cruise line updated this no-sail order and extended it through June 30.

Read more: Vacationers already devote 35% of cruise trip budgets to onboard retail purchases – and experts say pandemic protocols will only make duty-free retail more pivotal

Disney Cruises

disney cruise
Disney Cruises.

Disney Cruises halted all trips through February 28, according to a travel updated posted on December 11, 2020. Cruises longer than seven nights have been suspended even further. One month later on January 12, Disney Cruises extended its no-sail date through March.

On January 27, Disney Cruises pushed this sailing freeze timeline through April, and then again through May in a February 24 announcement. All Disney Magic sailings in Europe through August 10 were then also canceled due to the “likelihood of international borders remaining closed for an extended period of time.”

On April 6, this timeline was set even further back with the suspension of Disney Dream, Fantasy, and Wonder sailings – all originally set to depart from the US – through June. The original Disney Magic cruises were also halted through September 18. The ship will instead sail as “staycation” cruises for UK residents this summer.

Like other cruise lines, Disney is “evaluating various options” for its Disney Wonder Alaska cruises with dockings in Canada.

See the full list of suspended Disney Cruises here.

MSC Cruises

MSC Magnifica cruise ship passes through the Saint Mark Basin in Venice, Italy June 9, 2019..JPG
MSC Magnifica cruise ship in Italy.

MSC released a list of cancellation dates per cruise ship, and the sail dates vary from the end of January to November. Trips on the MSC Armonia, for example, have been canceled through May 28, while the MSC Preziosa won’t be seeing any passengers until after May 31.

Ships like the MSC Fantasia won’t hit the seas until June 5.

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises.

P&O previously announced it halted all trips through April. Now, trips on P&O’s Arcadia, Aurora, Azura, and Ventura ships have been paused through August, while its Britannia and Iona ship sailings have been put on hold through September.

Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises Costa Pacifica
Costa Cruises’ Costa Pacifica.

On March 22, Costa Cruises announced it would delay the return of its cruises until May due to coronavirus-related restrictions in certain European countries.

“Such measures do not allow the company to offer the best cruise vacations to its guests, especially for what concerns the experience ashore,” the cruise line noted in a press release.

Costa – a Carnival-owned brand that specializes in cruising around Europe – had previous planned to restart on March 27. As of April 6, the Costa Deliziosa, Firenze, Magica and Pacifica will all resume sailing either May 28 or 29.

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A US cruise line just announced a vaccine requirement. These are all the cruise lines that will require COVID-19 vaccinations for guests and crew

norwegian epic cruise ship
The Norwegian Epic.

  • The return of cruising still remains in limbo for many cruise lines.
  • Companies including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have announced vaccine requirements.
  • These are all the cruise lines that have COVID-19 vaccine requirements for guests or crew.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Several cruise lines have started announcing vaccination requirements for guests and crew members as the industry looks to restart after the the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, cruise ships that were mid-trip began facing COVID-19 related turmoils as the virus began trickling around the world, leaving passengers stuck, infected, or dead. Shortly after, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order, which was later replaced by its “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” a compilation of protocols needed for cruising to resume again.

Despite this new framework – and pent-up demand for highly anticipated cruise ships and trips – the official return of cruising still remains in limbo. Presently, no major US cruises will be welcoming passengers until May, but companies are constantly extending this pause on sailing.

But as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed across the globe, this could soon change.

“If we start to see vaccines become more widely available, and if the vaccines are being administered in a far more efficient manner than they have been, I think it would be reasonable for the cruise lines to say a vaccine is required,” Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst and president of the Atmosphere Research Group, told Insider in an interview.

However, vaccine rollout and accessibility has been a notorious struggle around the world. As a result, Harteveldt notes that it may be “counterproductive” for major cruise lines like Carnival and Norwegian to require its guests to receive the vaccine if sailings actually resume in the next few months instead of later in the year, say July.

But over the last month, cruise lines have become increasingly vocal about the vaccine. While some companies – such as Carnival and its Holland America line – are “reviewing” the different vaccines, several others have already announced vaccination protocols for guests and crew members.

These are all the cruise lines with vaccine-related mandates so far:

Saga Cruises

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Saga Cruises.

On January 21, United Kingdom-based Saga Cruises announced that it would require all of its passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks before a trip. Saga primarily caters to passengers over 50-years-old.

Royal Caribbean

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
The Wonder of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean expects to require its crew members to receive the vaccine before sailings return, a spokesperson told Insider.

On March 1, the cruise line also announced its first “fully vaccinated” cruise aboard the Odyssey of the Seas, which will be sailing in May from Israel. Both crew members and guests over 16 years old will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to sail on the upcoming cruise.

“Royal Caribbean’s decision to come to Israel is a significant expression of confidence in our policy,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the press release announcing the cruise. “Just as we made Israel the world champion in vaccines, we will make it the world champion in economics and tourism in the post-coronavirus era.”

On March 19, Royal Caribbean announced a similar series of seven-night sailings from July to August aboard its Adventure of the Seas ship. These summertime cruises will bring guests from Nassau, Bahamas to islands like the Grand Bahama, Cozumel, Mexico, and Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Like the Israel-based Odyssey of the Seas sailings, every adult passenger interested in this upcoming Adventure of the Seas collection will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Guests under 18-years-old will instead have to test negative for the virus.

“The vaccines are clearly a game-changer for all of us, and with the number of vaccinations and their impact growing rapidly, we believe starting with cruises for vaccinated adult guests and crew is the right choice,” Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, said in a press release. “As we move forward, we expect this requirement and other measures will inevitably evolve over time.”

On March 23, Royal Caribbean announced another set of seven-night summer cruises, this time from Bermuda aboard the Vision of the Seas ship. Like its previous announcements, these new cruises – which will sail from June 26 through August – will require crew members and adult guests to be vaccinated against COVID-19 “at this time.” Passengers under 18 years old will instead have to test negative for the virus.

Guests aboard this recently announced “fully vaccinated” summer cruise will get a full day at Perfect Day at CocoCay and an overnight stay in Bermuda.

One day later, the mega cruise line announced another set of fully vaccinated seven-night cruises, this time from Limassol, Cyprus. These cruises, which will sail from July 10 through October, will bring guests around Cyprus and Greece, including tourist hotspots like Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini. The same crew, adults, and guests under 18 years old health protocols from the prior two Royal Caribbean announcements apply to this sailing as well.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Symphony
The Crystal Symphony.

On February 18, Crystal Cruises said it would require guests to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before a cruise. The cruise line is also requiring a negative coronavirus test result from travelers and crew members, among other health protocols.

“We know that peace of mind is the greatest luxury, and the vaccine requirement is simply the best way to ensure the safest possible Crystal Experience for all on board,” Jack Anderson, the cruise line’s interim president and CEO, said in a press release.

Hornblower Group’s “overnight” cruise lines

Victory Cruise Lines
A Victory Cruise Lines’ ship on the Georgian Bay

Hornblower Group’s American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines have both announced requirements for guests and crew members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for sailings starting July 1.

According to John Waggoner, CEO and founder of American Queen Steamboat Company, requiring the vaccine will ensure the “safest cruising experience possible.” However, the cruise lines is are still looking to resume sailing in April, prior to this vaccination deadline.

Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises

norwegian epic cruise ship
The Norwegian Epic.

Norwegian Cruise Line and its Regent Seven Seas Cruises have announced COVID-19 vaccine requirements for crew members prior to boarding. However, the cruise lines are still “exploring all options” in regards to vaccination requirements for its guests, according to the cruise lines’ statements sent to Insider.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady

Richard Branson’s adults-only cruise line, Virgin Voyages, has announced it will be making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for both guests and crew in order to “provide the safest travel experience,” Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages’ CEO, said in an email statement sent to Insider.

“The is a step towards the safe return to sailing and is the right decision for Virgin Voyages,” McAlpin said in the statement. “We’re really encouraged by the latest rollout plans in the May time frame from the new administration, and we know the future is about vaccinations. Our business makes us uniquely set up to do this with testing and vaccine travel requirements.”

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises' Britannia ship
P&O Cruises’ Britannia ship.

On March 17, P&O Cruises – owned by Carnival Corp – announced a summertime Ultimate Escape cruise collection that will sail along the UK coast. However, the cruises will only be available to UK residents who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least seven days before the trip.

The decision to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for guests was based on the “advanced progress of the UK vaccination program and strong expressed preference on the part of our guests,” P&O said in a press release.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Eclipse
Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Eclipse ship.

On March 19, Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises announced seven-night Caribbean sailings departing from June 5 to August aboard the Celebrity Millennium ship.

Like its parent company’s sailings, all crew members and adult guests interested in Celebrity’s summer Caribbean cruises will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19. People under 18 years old will instead have to receive a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of the trip.

Windstar Cruises

Two WSC yachts at sea
Windstar Cruises’ yachts.

On March 30, US-based Windstar Cruises announced a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for its guests and crew.

Guests interested in sailing with the small cruise line – which oversees six ships – must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before sailing. Proof of the vaccination and a negative COVID-19 PCR test will then have to be presented in order to board the ship.

Windstar’s crew will also have to be vaccinated “as soon as the vaccine is available to them,” according to the cruise line.

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Richard Branson’s cruise line just announced a vaccine requirement. These are all the cruise lines that will require COVID-19 vaccinations for guests and crew

norwegian epic cruise ship
The Norwegian Epic.

  • The return of cruising still remains in limbo for many cruise lines.
  • Companies including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian have announced vaccine requirements.
  • These are all the cruise lines that have COVID-19 vaccine requirements for guests or crew.
  • Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories.

Several cruise lines have started announcing vaccination requirements for guests and crew members as the industry looks to restart after the the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, cruise ships that were mid-trip began facing COVID-19 related turmoils as the virus began trickling around the world, leaving passengers stuck, infected, or dead. Shortly after, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a no-sail order, which was later replaced by its “Framework for Conditional Sailing Order,” a compilation of protocols needed for cruising to resume again.

Despite this new framework – and pent-up demand for highly anticipated cruise ships and trips – the official return of cruising still remains in limbo. Presently, no major US cruises will be welcoming passengers until May, but companies are constantly extending this pause on sailing.

However, as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed across the globe, this could soon change.

“If we start to see vaccines become more widely available, and if the vaccines are being administered in a far more efficient manner than they have been, I think it would be reasonable for the cruise lines to say a vaccine is required,” Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst and president of the Atmosphere Research Group, told Insider in an interview.

However, vaccine rollout and accessibility has been a notorious struggle around the world. As a result, Harteveldt notes that it may be “counterproductive” for major cruise lines like Carnival and Norwegian to require its guests to receive the vaccine if sailings actually resume in the next few months instead of later in the year, say July.

But over the last month, cruise lines have become increasingly vocal about the vaccine. While some companies – such as Carnival and its Holland America line – are “reviewing” the different vaccines, several others have already announced vaccination protocols for guests and crew members.

These are all the cruise lines with vaccine-related mandates so far:

Saga Cruises

GettyImages 1228287632
Saga Cruises.

On January 21, United Kingdom-based Saga Cruises announced that it would require all of its passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks before a trip. Saga primarily caters to passengers over 50-years-old.

Royal Caribbean

Wonder of the Seas cruise ship Royal Caribbean
The Wonder of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean expects to require its crew members to receive the vaccine before sailings return, a spokesperson told Insider.

On March 1, the cruise line also announced its first “fully vaccinated” cruise aboard the Odyssey of the Seas, which will be sailing in May from Israel. Both crew members and guests over 16 years old will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to sail on the upcoming cruise.

“Royal Caribbean’s decision to come to Israel is a significant expression of confidence in our policy,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in the press release announcing the cruise. “Just as we made Israel the world champion in vaccines, we will make it the world champion in economics and tourism in the post-coronavirus era.”

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Symphony
The Crystal Symphony.

On February 18, Crystal Cruises said it would require guests to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before a cruise. The cruise line is also requiring a negative coronavirus test result from travelers and crew members, among other health protocols.

“We know that peace of mind is the greatest luxury, and the vaccine requirement is simply the best way to ensure the safest possible Crystal Experience for all on board,” Jack Anderson, the cruise line’s interim president and CEO, said in a press release.

Hornblower Group’s “overnight” cruise lines

Victory Cruise Lines
A Victory Cruise Lines’ ship on the Georgian Bay

Hornblower Group’s American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines have both announced requirements for guests and crew members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine for sailings starting July 1.

According to John Waggoner, CEO and founder of American Queen Steamboat Company, requiring the vaccine will ensure the “safest cruising experience possible.” However, the cruise lines is are still looking to resume sailing in April, prior to this vaccination deadline.

Norwegian Cruise Line and Regent Seven Seas Cruises

norwegian epic cruise ship
The Norwegian Epic.

Norwegian Cruise Line and its Regent Seven Seas Cruises have announced COVID-19 vaccine requirements for crew members prior to boarding. However, the cruise lines are still “exploring all options” in regards to vaccination requirements for its guests, according to the cruise lines’ statements sent to Insider.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady

Richard Branson’s adults-only cruise line, Virgin Voyages, has announced it will be making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for both guests and crew in order to “provide the safest travel experience,” Tom McAlpin, Virgin Voyages’ CEO, said in an email statement sent to Insider.

“The is a step towards the safe return to sailing and is the right decision for Virgin Voyages,” McAlpin said in the statement. “We’re really encouraged by the latest rollout plans in the May time frame from the new administration, and we know the future is about vaccinations. Our business makes us uniquely set up to do this with testing and vaccine travel requirements.”

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises' Britannia ship
P&O Cruises’ Britannia ship.

On March 17, P&O Cruises – owned by Carnival Corp – announced a summertime Ultimate Escape cruise collection that will sail along the UK coast. However, the cruises will only be available to UK residents who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least seven days before the trip.

The decision to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for guests was based on the “advanced progress of the UK vaccination program and strong expressed preference on the part of our guests,” P&O said in a press release.

Are you a cruise industry employee or have a cruise industry story to share? Contact this reporter at bchang@insider.com.

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