As our health and safety standards continue to evolve almost daily in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to share some important updates that have taken place in the past few days to help ensure the health and safety of our guests, crew and the places we visit.
Pre-cruise testing & mask requirements extended: In addition to last week’s announcement that pre-cruise testing will be required 2-days before effective September 19, we have now, based on CDC guidance, extended our pre-cruise testing and onboard mask requirements through the end of 2021. As a reminder, cruise guests must also have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Currently, children under the age of 12 are not eligible to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 and will not be able to sail. Once on board, guests age 12 and older will be required to wear face masks in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino and dining rooms, except when eating or drinking, as well as in other designated areas where larger number of guests may congregate.
Testing sites near you: For U.S. guests, I’m pleased to announce that Princess has partnered with Quest Diagnostics to provide over 1,500 locations in the United States to schedule a no-cost COVID-19 test appointment, with results delivered within 48 hours. This COVID-19 no-cost-to-your client program is available to eligible individuals when billed to a health plan or the government. This program will help streamline pre-cruise preparation for your clients and make testing more convenient and accessible. Learn more ❯
Here are additional updates that have been made recently to our Health & Safety protocols that you should also be aware of. Click on Learn More for details and be sure to bookmark our CruiseHealth FAQ page ❯ to stay atop of the latest developments.
- Will I need to have a pre-travel viral COVID-19 test performed prior to boarding the ship? Learn More ❯
- What is considered 2 days prior to my cruise’s departure? Learn More ❯
- Will you offer COVID-19 testing at the terminal before my cruise? Learn More ❯
- If my home country requires proof of a negative COVID-19 test result for re-entry following my cruise, will Princess administer and cover the cost of the test? Learn More ❯
- Will I be able to book multiple cruises back to back? Learn More ❯
Thank you for your continued support!