latest Covid rules and tips for international cruising
P&O Cruises is relaxing some rules after September 25 – customers will again be allowed to book consecutive cruises instead of having to leave a gap of at least seven days between departures. Also from this date, unvaccinated children under the age of 18 will be welcomed again if they can provide a negative PCR test carried out within 72 hours of boarding. Adults aged 18 and over should always be fully immunized at least 14 days before departure.
Marella says guests should wear masks on board and only disembark on official excursions during international cruises, but that may change.
CLIA guidelines are that passengers should remain in a secure “bubble” when exiting the ship during port visits. A spokesperson said: “While the policy will continue to be assessed as circumstances evolve, this is a critical part of our risk mitigation during this transition period as everyone on board will have been tested and should remain in a controlled environment. “
What is the advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on cruises?
General guidelines against cruises that had been in place for over a year have been replaced with a series of warnings and advice. The Foreign Office advises vacationers to ensure they are fully covered by their travel insurance, research medical facilities on the ship they are booking, and comply with both cruise line regulations and those of the countries they visit.
Will it be easier to get travel insurance for my cruise?
In the past 18 months, anyone going on an overseas cruise has had to purchase additional coverage to travel against the advice of the Foreign Office. A spokesperson for the Association of British Insurers said: “When the government relaxes its travel advice, your travel policy will work as it should.”
However, it is important to make sure that your policy covers any medical costs that could arise from Covid and that it meets the specific requirements of the cruise line you are using – otherwise you could be denied boarding or be deplaned. with a very expensive processing bill.
What has the experience been like so far?
According to Andy Harmer, UK and Irish director of CLIA, more than 800,000 people have sailed the world since last July with remarkably few cases of Covid – and they were well before the introduction of vaccines.
The 12 mainline domestic cruises in England have operated since the summer without major incident. Since ships resumed leaving U.S. ports this year, there have been isolated cases of passengers testing positive on board, but most voyages have continued as planned. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which monitors the industry, maintains a color-coded list of vessels that have reported cases. Overall, some cruises have been canceled or reduced following positive tests on board.
What should I consider when booking an international cruise?
Aside from the advice of the Foreign Ministry, passengers should be prepared to be flexible. Port stops, rules and regulations may change, even during the journey. One or more cases on board could delay disembarkation at the final port or affect the cruise. Mask wearing, social distancing, and restrictions on shore excursions may vary from country to country, line to line, and ship to ship. Overall, the advice is to get the vaccine, get insurance, and be prepared. Then you can enjoy the seas of the world again.
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