Azamara and Silversea Cruises decided to drop Covid-19 vaccination requirements for travelers, following other major cruise lines.
Starting from December 1, Azamara will no longer require travelers to be vaccinated on Caribbean or European voyages. However, changes are subject to local rules at various destinations. The company had dropped its testing requirements in July. In a press release, Azamara said that it will still encourage all passengers to get tested.
Regardless of vaccination status, Azamara will continue to encourage all guests departing from any port to get tested at leisure prior to travel to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience.Azamara
Similarly, ultra-luxury cruise line Silversea Cruises also announced that it will remove vaccine requirements and pre-embarkation testing for vaccinated travelers, where local regulations permit it. The new rules will take place starting from September 5. Additionally, Silversea Cruises will also drop pre-boarding testing requirements for vaccinated travelers.
Effective September 5, Silversea Cruises will welcome all travelers on board its ships regardless of vaccination status where local regulations allow.Silversea Cruise
“Silversea Cruises is poised to welcome back all luxury travelers aboard its fleet of ultra-luxury ships with adjusted Covid-19 protocols that align closely with many land-based travel options. Effective September 5, Silversea Cruises will welcome all travelers on board its ships regardless of vaccination status where local regulations allow,” announced Silversea Cruise.
The company added that testing and vaccination requirements may differ depending on the destinations, including but not limited to Australia, Canada and Greece. Where testing requirements are still in place, all travelers must show proof of a negative test result prior to embarkation and should travel with a copy of their test result.
The decision to drop testing and vaccine requirements are in line with major cruise lines, including MSC Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, and Holland America Line, who have eased their requirements for passengers after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ended its Covid-19 Program for Cruise Ships.