Crystal will extend its vaccination requirement for all age-eligible guests (currently 12 and older) and all crew through 2022.
All age-eligible guests and all crew on board any of its ocean, expedition and river vessels must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their embarkation date.
Guests will need to provide documented proof of vaccination at the time of check-in before boarding the ship.
Children 11 and under who are not currently eligible for vaccination must be pre-approved after the initial waitlist, are subject to capacity control, and must provide proof of valid travel insurance.
Guests travelling with unvaccinated children will be subject to unvaccinated protocols when with their kids. Once vaccines are approved for age-eligible children, Crystal will require they be fully vaccinated.
All officers and crew across the Crystal fleet are fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to service as a requirement of their employment.
Crystal claims to be the first major cruise line to require a COVID-19 vaccine for both guests and crew in 2021, and now the first through 2022.
“Protecting the health and safety of our guests and crew is paramount to everything we do, and extending our vaccination requirements through 2022 is the next important step to continue to safeguard the health and wellness of our Crystal family,” said Jack Anderson, president of Crystal.
“Our guests have overwhelmingly told us that vaccinations are critical for them to feel comfortable travelling, and announcing this extension now will give them the information and reassurance they require as they look to plan future voyages with us.”
The vaccine requirement augments the company’s Crystal Clean+ measures, including COVID-19 tests at embarkation for both guests and crew, temperature checks when returning from ashore, a “nimble” mask policy, social distancing guidelines, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures.
Additionally, Crystal’s ocean, river and expedition ships contain 100 per cent fresh, non-recirculated air in every single guest suite, stateroom and social space.
Crew across Crystal’s fleet of ships are also currently wearing masks in all public areas to provide yet another layer of guest protection.
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