Costa Cruises updates health protocols

As of October 8th, on Costa cruises in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates, fully vaccinated guests will be able to embark without any further tests.

Costa Cruises is updating its Covid-19-related health protocols, making its vacations even more accessible, starting with those scheduled for next fall and winter.

As of October 8th, new procedures will enter into force, leading to a further simplification of measures, especially the pre-embarkation ones, required on board the company’s ships. From last spring, it is already possible to fully enjoy, without restrictions, on-board and ashore services, such as excursions, restaurants, bars, theaters, gyms, swimming pools, and wellness areas.

The main changes concern Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates, where fully vaccinated guests will no longer have to undergo pre-embarkation testing. In addition, in the Mediterranean and the Caribbeanunvaccinated guests with negative pre-embarkation antigen tests will also be able to embark.

Mediterranean and the Caribbean

On Mediterranean (excluding Greece) and Caribbean cruises lasting less than 14 nights, guests who have completed the Covid-19 vaccination (2 doses + booster; 1 dose J&J + booster; 2 doses +recovery) will be able to embark the ships without having to undergo any more pre-embarkation tests. People who have not been vaccinated or cured from Covid-19 (without 2 doses) will also be able to travel with Costa in these destinations, simply by showing, at the embarkation, an official certification of the negative result of an antigenic swab (or also RT-PCR molecular swab, at guest’s choice) performed within 48 hours of embarkation time.

All cruises calling in Greece will continue to be available only to fully vaccinated, partially vaccinated and recovered guests (2 doses + booster; J&J + booster; 2 doses + recovery; 1 dose + recovery; recovery only), and who have undergone antigen testing with a negative result within 48 hours of embarkation. 

On cruises visiting Morocco, guests without full vaccination will be required to take an additional RT-PCR molecular test on board 48 hours prior to entry into the country. As for Caribbean cruises, shore leave of unvaccinated guests in Barbados, St. Vincent and St. Marteen is permitted only with a negative result of an antigen test performed 24 or 48 hours prior to the ship’s arrival. These tests, as well as those scheduled prior to enter Morocco, can be done on board Costa ships at a special price.

United Arab Emirates

Cruises in the UAE, Oman and Qatar are currently available only to fully vaccinated guests (2 doses + booster; 1 dose J&J + booster; 2 doses +recovery), but with no pre-embarkation testing required.

Around the world and transatlantic cruises

Around the world, transatlantic cruises, and generally all cruises longer than 14 nights, require guests to be fully vaccinated and take an antigen test with a negative result within 48 hours of embarkation time.  In addition, mask use on board will be mandatory in public areas during the first 7 days of the cruise, while in other destinations (Mediterranean, Caribbean, UAE) mask use is simply recommended.

In all destinations mentioned, where applicable, the full vaccination requirement applies only to guests aged 12 and over (except on around the world and transatlantic cruises, from age 18 and over), and the swab requirement from age 5 and over.

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