See our Advertiser Disclosure here.
A few weeks ago, British cruise line Saga Cruises announced that all passengers and crew must get the Covid vaccine in order to cruise. Today, two U.S. cruise lines announced the same requirement.
The American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines, both part of the Hornblower Group, will require guests to show proof of the Covid vaccination prior to sailing. This new rule goes into effect July 1, 2021. Guests who are unable or unwilling to get the vaccination must re-book for a later date.
In addition to requiring vaccines, these cruise lines will have other Covid safety measures in place. Ships will sail at reduced capacity, and guests and crew will be tested for Covid prior to sailing. Buffets will be replaced with grab and go options, and masks and social distancing will still be required on board.
The American Queen Steamboat company offers river cruises on the Mississippi River and other U.S. rivers. Victory Cruise Line sails around the Great Lakes, Alaska, Canada, New England, and Mexico.
While both cruise lines allow children, they do not cater to kids’ activities on board. The target market is adults age 65 and over. Families with kids not eligible for the vaccine will have to reschedule.
I am still watching this developing trend to see if the big cruise lines (Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Carnival, Disney) will follow suit. I have a cruise on DCL with my daughter scheduled in October, and I’m unsure if she will be eligible for the vaccine by then due to her age.
What do you think of this requirement for cruise passengers?
Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, hotel, airline, or other entity. This content has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of the entities included within the post.
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.