Norwegian Cruise Line, with a world fleet of 28 ships, said Wednesday that, as of Aug. 1, it will now not ask passengers to point out negative coronavirus tests before boarding — except in countries that require them, an inventory that features america, Canada, Bermuda and Greece.
Norwegian, as a participant within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s voluntary coronavirus program, asks vaccinated passengers in america to point out a negative rapid antigen test inside two days of their trip, or a negative P.C.R. test inside three days of sailing. The C.D.C. then rates participating ships with a color status.
Cruise lines that opt out of the C.D.C. program receive a “gray” color status, meaning that the agency has not reviewed the corporate’s health and safety protocols.
Most major cruise lines — including Royal Caribbean and Carnival — still require a negative test to board. Only just a few have dropped testing requirements, but like Norwegian, the brand new policies don’t apply to all of their voyages. Certainly one of Carnival’s subsidiary lines, Holland America, ended testing requirements last week for certain Amsterdam-to-Norway trips. And last month, the Viking cruise line also nixed universal mandatory testing, but said that “select ocean voyages” in america and Canada would still require them, in keeping with a statement on the corporate’s website.
Norwegian’s announcement comes as the corporate, like many others, is offering big discounts to recoup business lost in the course of the Omicron surge over the winter, a primary time for cruises, and to refill unbooked cabins this summer.
Many cruise lines have brought back their full fleets, creating there may be a glut of cabins, accompanied by bargain fares. Many deals can cost lower than $100 an individual a day for a cruise that features lodging, meals and entertainment.
There are about 600,000 beds in operation, in keeping with Cruise Industry News, an almost 40 percent increase from the 434,000 beds in service in January.
“The comfort of the testing policy is in keeping with the remainder of the travel, leisure and hospitality industry worldwide as society continues to adapt and return to a state of normalcy,” the corporate said in a news release on Monday.
Norwegian is headquartered in Miami, and it has 28 ships under the Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises brands, along with Norwegian Cruise Line.