COVID-19 Vaccination Update
Statement Re: COVID-19 Vaccination Update For All Crystal Guests Embarking From Miami, Florida Effective August 25, 2021
Issued Wednesday, August 25, 2021 3:30pm EST
Effectively immediately and until further notice, Crystal will require that all guests who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are to be fully inoculated at least 14 days prior to boarding its ships (including those sailing out of Florida). This update is in line with the company’s policy for other departure ports in the U.S. and around the world. Travelers unable to show proof of vaccination will be unable to sail.
Crystal is announcing this policy update as The Bahamas and other ports in the Caribbean are requiring all who are eligible for the vaccine to be fully vaccinated. The Bahamas announced last week that between September 3 and November 1, all passengers old enough to be vaccinated on a cruise ship must be vaccinated in order for a ship to visit any port in The Bahamas. Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Endeavor are all scheduled to call in The Bahamas in 2021. Currently, The Bahamas requires that all guests submit a negative COVID-19 test five days prior to entering the country as part of its Health Visa application process.
Crystal continues to accept a limited number of children 11 and under on Crystal Serenity’s, Crystal Symphony’s and Crystal Endeavor’s sailings out of Miami as well as Crystal Endeavor’s current voyages in Iceland and Europe. Unvaccinated children must show a negative COVID-19 test at boarding and will be subject to certain restrictions onboard and onshore as outlined here.
Crystal Symphony, which is currently sailing to Bermuda from Boston and then from New York in late September, requires 100 percent vaccinated guests no matter their age.
Crystal River Cruises, which launches on Sunday, August 29, also requires 100 percent vaccinated guests no matter their age.
All officers and crew across the fleet are fully vaccinated 14 days prior to service, which is a requirement of their employment. All crew will be tested for COVID-19 prior to leaving their home location to join the ship and must receive a negative result; they also will take a COVID-19 test at embarkation, quarantine for three days upon arrival, and take a test at the end of that three-day period and receive a negative result, before beginning their duties. They are also tested periodically during their rotations.
All affected guests, and their travel advisors, are being contacted directly with details of this update. For additional information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions document accessible via the link below.