Can I go on a cruise if I'm not vaccinated?

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Like many businesses, as we try to get back into shape as we close out year two of a global pandemic, Cruise lines start setting sail again With some strict health measures. This is because cruise ships, with their cramped quarters, buffet-style accommodations and international travel, can be breeding grounds for the coronavirus.

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As is true for most travel restrictions these days, your ability to book a cruise may depend on your vaccination status. If you have chosen not to get the COVID-19 vaccine, can you still go on your favorite cruise vacation?

If you’re an adult in the US, the answer is probably no, unless you’re one of the few with a medical or religious exemption (and whether you’ll be offered a discount depends on the cruise line).


Before you book – and especially if you are looking at cruises months ahead – it is important to consider the spread of COVID-19 in the countries or ports where your ship will stop, and this regardless of your vaccination status. without doing. It is also important to consider who is coming with you. children under 5 years old are now vaccinated, so your ability to cruise may depend on whether you choose to have your child vaccinated.

It is also possible that in the near future cruise lines could ease their pandemic measures and stop requiring proof of vaccination for passengers. Several US-based cruise lines say they are currently following the rules set by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and they are subject to change just as the coronavirus pandemic does.

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Here’s what we know about cruises without vaccinations for now.

What does ‘complete vaccination’ mean?

It Looks Like Most Cruise Lines Are Following the CDC Definition of complete vaccination, which means that two weeks have passed since your second shot of Pfizer or Moderna, or since your one-dose Johnson & Johnson shot. It is possible that a cruise line may accept one shot of a viral vector vaccine, such as AstraZeneca, and one shot of an mRNA vaccine, but this practice of mixing for a COVID-19 vaccine primary series is yet to be authorized in the US. Not there. (In college A “mix and match” approach to COVID-19 vaccines Applies to boosters in the US.)

Some cruise lines, such as Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, accept vaccines recommended or approved by the World Health Organization as well as the CDC. This includes vaccines such as AstraZeneca and Sinovac. See full list of WHO approved vaccines Here,

Bottom Line: If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 outside the US, check with your cruise line to make sure they accept your vaccine before making any money. It is also important to know that while all adults in the US are now eligible for a booster, the definition of “fully vaccinated” has not changed and you do not need an additional shot to be fully vaccinated.

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All guests, regardless of vaccination status, should expect to be tested for COVID-19 before boarding a cruise ship.

Unvaccinated adults and exempt from vaccine

Most major cruise lines require proof of vaccination for all passengers age 12 and older, and some require it for children under age 5 (Pfizer’s vaccine was Authorized for children ages 5 to 11 in early November). Last week, Disney Cruise Line became the first cruise line to require 5. under the age of passengers Vaccination is to be done for sailing from 13th January.

While some cruise lines state that they will accept medical exemptions, others will not, and this may also depend on the port. For example, Carnival says it will accept certain vaccine exemptions for people 12 years of age and younger, as well as adults who have “written confirmation from their medical provider“that they cannot be vaccinated – but only at their Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, South Carolina and Alabama ports until the end of March 2022. COVID-19 vaccine waivers will only be accepted at Carnival’s Long Beach, California port For children under the age of 12 and when “required by US federal law” for religious beliefs or medical reasons.

How long will the vaccine requirement for cruise passengers last? It is difficult to say as it depends on the pandemic situation at any given time. It also varies based on individual regulations for cruise ships or regions, and guidance developed from the CDC.

Putting it all together: If your cruise line is also accepting medical discounts around a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s important to present valid proof of exemption. Before you book, check with the cruise line to see if it will accept discounts and also check local laws about whether you disembark for excursions. Chances are that if you haven’t been vaccinated, you’ll need to book a specific tour with a cruise line, such as Carnival. “Bubble Tour” for Unvaccinated Guests, which are mostly families whose children are very young who cannot be vaccinated.

If you have a non-vaccinated guest at your party and you Departing from a Florida or Texas Port, Unvaccinated people are now 10 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 and 10 times more likely to die from the disease compared to those who were fully vaccinated, according to a September CDC report. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine before your cruise is not only cost-effective, but it can save your life.

The specifics of requiring testing and masking may vary by length of cruise or sail, but all people 2 years of age and older must be tested for COVID-19 before boarding or during travel, regardless of vaccination status. Must be ready to test.

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What if I have a certificate of recovery?

Some countries issue a “certificate of recovery” if a person has been infected with COVID-19 and has recovered, issuing a certificate that confirms one’s immunity as proof of immunity, rather than a positive COVID- 19 Proves Testing And Retrieval. of the European Union Digital COVID CertificateFor example, this includes certification of recovery from COVID-19.

For guests traveling outside the US who are traveling with Royal Caribbean, they can present a certificate of recovery, If you are in the US If you are not in the U.S. and have a Certificate of Recovery, check with the cruise line you want before purchasing a cruise.

The US does not issue certificates of recovery at this time, so telling a cruise line that you have already had COVID-19 will not exempt you from the vaccine.

Cruises with unvaccinated children

Kids may or may not be able to cruise, depending on the ship. Norwegian Cruise Line Doesn’t allow kids under 5 to cruiseFor example, because they haven’t been vaccinated yet. In the specific event that your child is 5 years old during the trip, check with your cruise line before purchasing tickets.

Looking for a family cruise on Disney’s cruise line? Disney Cruise Line becomes first cruise line to require 5. under the age of passengers Vaccination is to be done for sailing from 13th January.

While other cruise lines may not officially require vaccinations for children who are young yet, they may in the future. If you are not comfortable vaccinating your child under the age of 12, prevent them from buying tickets or get confirmation on the timeline for the requirements from your desired cruise line. Remember: Vaccine discounts and refunds are not guaranteed.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to be health or medical advice. Always consult with a physician or other qualified health provider with respect to any questions you may have about a medical condition or health purposes.

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