Royal Caribbean provides testing necessities for US cruises by August
Royal Caribbean International requires passengers over 2 years of age to present a COVID-19 negative test prior to boarding ships with itineraries in US waters for five nights or more.
This policy will go into effect on Saturday and will last through August 31st and was announced “with great caution”. The cruise company accepts both PCR and antigen negative results.
Before Saturday, vaccinated passengers did not have to show a negative test, spokesman Lyan Sierra-Caro told USA TODAY. The extra precaution comes as the Delta variant continues to spread across the country.
The test must be carried out no later than three days before boarding and passengers must prove their negative test result at check-in.
“All other test requirements and guidelines are still in effect. This is an extra precaution to ensure the safety of everyone on board, ”Royal Caribbean said in a statement from Sierra-Caro. “We will continue to monitor public health circumstances as they evolve and make the necessary adjustments to our protocols.”
The news came the same day that six passengers tested positive for COVID-19 on a 7-day cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas that departed from Nassau last Saturday. Four passengers who tested positive were vaccinated and two who tested positive were unvaccinated minors.
All passengers on board were required to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding in the Bahamas.