Are you ready to cruise again? Cruise lines are preparing to return to the seas, but before you get ready to hit the Lido deck, you’re gonna need to prove you’re coronavirus-free.
Royal Caribbean, MSC Cruises and many others have announced when they’ll sail again, along with new safety measures to keep passengers safe.
Here’s what you need to know:
Passengers of at least 7 different cruise lines will be tested during the check-in process.
Before boarding, every passenger will have to undergo a swab test — and won’t get on the ship until a negative result is confirmed.
Apparently that means test results will come back pretty quickly and that any passenger with a positive test result — or COVID-like symptoms — will be denied boarding.
This is across the board on all cruises of 250+ people; all of the members of the Cruise Lines International Association have agreed to these measures.
Cruise lines will boot passengers for not following rules — even mid-cruise.
There are some serious new rules on cruise lines as they resume operations. On MSC Cruises, one of those rules is that you’ve gotta stay with your excursion group.
According to Fox, on MSC’s first cruise since COVID, one family broke their “social bubble” in Naples, Italy, and the cruise line didn’t let them get back on the ship.
Cruises have started sailing again internationally.
MSC Cruises is the first major cruise line to resume sailings, beginning cruises in Italy on Aug. 16. U.S. cruise lines have agreed not to restart operations until after Oct. 31 at the earliest, although we’ve seen the dates get pushed back repeatedly (including Norwegian’s $200 cruise and Carnival’s ridiculously low-priced cruises).
Here are the published dates cruise lines will resume, according to Cruise Industry News:
- AIDA Cruises – December 5, 2020
- Azamara – March 20, 2021
- Carnival Cruise Line – March 1, 2021
- Celebrity Cruises – March 1, 2021
- Costa Cruises – January 7, 2021
- Disney Cruise Line – March 1, 2021
- Holland America Line – March 1, 2021
- Marella Cruises – February 3, 2021
- MSC Cruises U.S.A.– March 1, 2021
- Norwegian Cruise Line – March 1, 2021
- Princess Cruises – April 1, 2021
- Royal Caribbean – March 1, 2021
- Silversea Cruises- April 1, 2021
- Virgin Voyages – May 1, 2021
Here are the additional published dates cruise lines will resume
- AmaWaterways – March 2021
- American Queen Steamboat – March 14, 2021
- Avalon Waterways – February 1, 2021
- Bahamas Paradise – TBD
- Celestyal Cruises – March 6, 2021
- Crystal Cruises – August 1, 2021
- Cunard – May 1, 2021
- Dream Cruises – December 16, 2020
- Emerald Waterways – April 1, 2021
- Fred Olson Cruise Lines – February 2, 2021
- Hurtigruten Cruises – TBD, site is down
- Jalesh Cruises – TBD, site is down
- Oceania Cruises – April 3, 2021
- Paul Gauguin Cruises – March 6, 2021
- Ponant – April 8, 2021
- P&O Cruises – April 24, 2021
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises – April 2, 2021
- Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection – April 22, 2021
- SAGA – April 3, 2021
- Seabourn – May 1, 2021
- SeaDream Yacht Club – May 1, 2021
- Scenic Luxury Cruises – April 1, 2021
- Viking Ocean – April 1, 2021
- Windstar Cruises – December 28, 2021
Say goodbye to self-serve buffets — new coronavirus measures will be in place.
The various cruise lines have published their increased sanitization and cleaning measures, which include more access to hand-washing sinks and hand sanitizer stations, and more frequent sanitization of public areas and staterooms.
When possible, staff will serve people at previously self-serve stations. That means no more self-serve buffets.
There’s no telling how exactly the new measures will affect live shows, casinos, and dining capacity, but expect all of these areas to be affected — and masks to be required.