Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings drops pre-cruise COVID-19 testing

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. has announced it will no longer require guests to complete pre-cruise COVID-19 testing unless required by local regulations.

From August 1 onwards Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises will no longer require guests to complete pre-cruise COVID-19 testing.

The pre-embarkation testing requirement will remain in place for guests currently traveling on voyages departing from destinations with local testing regulations, including but not limited to the U.S., Canada, Greece and Bermuda.

In a letter to consumers Jason Montague, President & CEO of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, said: “There are a small number of cruises – including certain voyages that begin in Canada, Greece and the United States – where guests may still be required to produce evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within a specified timeframe upon embarkation. These requirements will be highlighted for the guests on those voyages at least 30 days prior to sailing.”

The relaxation of the testing policy is in line with the rest of the travel, leisure and hospitality industry worldwide as society continues to adapt and return to a state of normalcy. The company however strongly recommends all guests be up to date on vaccination protocols and test at their convenience prior to travel.

All voyages across the company’s three brands continue to operate under its robust science-backed SailSAFE health and safety program which will evolve along with the public health environment. The company also follows applicable local protocols at the ports and destinations it visits.

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