Starting today, October 4, 2022, Norwegian Cruise Line no longer requires Covid-19 vaccinations or pre-cruise testing. NCL is the first major cruise line to remove all requirements.
Of course, NCL guests are not exempt from some country-specific requirements, depending on the ports each cruise visits:
- Costa Rica–requires vaccination to go ashore
- Bermuda–proof of negative test required
- Roatan–unvaccinated passengers must show negative test
These port-by-port requirements are subject to change. See NCL’s current guidance by port.
Other U.S. cruise lines have taken steps to reduce Covid-related protocols but have not quite dropped all Covid-related requirements. For example, Carnival accepts all passengers regardless of vaccination status, but unvaccinated passengers still must show a negative test. For a full list of Covid requirements by cruise line, see here.
It will be investing to see if Royal Caribbean, Carnival and others follow NCL’s lead.
What do you think of these changes?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.