Celebrity Cruises has released details of its new protocols for guests sailing from U.S. and European ports, dropping vaccination requirements and simplifying testing guidelines, making cruising more accessible and easier for travellers.
Beginning Sept. 5, 2022, all guests, regardless of vaccination status, departing on most sailings from the U.S. and Europe can now cruise as long as they meet local testing requirements to board.
As well, Celebrity Cruises will now accept any commercially available test, including unsupervised self-tests, in many destinations.
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, said: “A new world is waiting and I’m thrilled to now more closely align our operations with the rest of the travel industry and open up opportunities for everyone to explore, once again.” And Lutoff-Perlo continued: “Travel is making its grand comeback and we’re looking forward to the continued momentum from consumers around the world.”
New pre-boarding testing requirements for the U.S. and Europe include:
- Fully vaccinated guests no longer need to test to board sailings from the U.S. that are nine nights or less (excluding sailings that visit Canada and Bermuda).
- A negative test result from a simple, unsupervised and self-administered test will be accepted for all sailings (excluding sailings that visit Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Greece or New Zealand).
- Children under 5 years of age sailing from the U.S. and guests under 12 years of age sailing from Europe do not need to test prior to boarding.
While Celebrity Cruises has dropped vaccination requirements, sailings to and from ports in Canada, Australia and New Zealand require all guests ages 12 and up to be fully vaccinated to sail in keeping with country requirements. Galapagos cruises require guests ages 3 and older to be vaccinated.
For all sailings, detailed boarding information by country of embarkation is available on the Country Travel Requirements page of Celebrity Cruises’ www.HealthyAtSea.com portal.
Sail on over to www.celebritycruises.com for more.