Great News from Valerie and the Celebrity Cruise team
Celebrity Cruises announced new protocols for guests sailing from U.S. and European ports by dropping vaccination requirements and simplifying testing guidelines, making cruising more accessible and easier for travellers.
Beginning 5th September 2022, all guests, regardless of vaccination status, departing on most sailings from the U.S. and Europe can now cruise as long as they meet local testing requirements to board. Celebrity Cruises will also now accept any commercially available test, including unsupervised self-tests, in many destinations.
“A new world is waiting and I’m thrilled to now more closely align our operations with the rest of the travel industry and open up opportunities for everyone to explore, once again”, said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo (President and CEO Celebrity Cruises). “Travel is making its grand comeback and we’re looking forward to the continued momentum from consumers around the world”.
Testing to Sail
New pre-boarding testing requirements for the U.S. and Europe include:
- Fully vaccinated guests no longer need to test to board sailings from the U.S. that are nine nights or less (excluding sailings that visit Canada and Bermuda).
- Guests who are up-to-date no longer need to test to board sailings from Europe that are nine nights or less
- A negative test result from a simple, unsupervised and self-administered test will be accepted for all sailings (excluding sailings that visit Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Greece or New Zealand).
- Children under 5 years of age sailing from the U.S. and guests under 12 years of age sailing from Europe do not need to test prior to boarding.
Requirements in Other Regions
While Celebrity Cruises has dropped vaccination requirements, sailings to and from ports in Canada, Australia and New Zealand require all guests ages 12 and up to be fully vaccinated to sail in keeping with country requirements. Galapagos cruises require guests ages 3 and older to be vaccinated.
For all sailings, detailed boarding information by country of embarkation is available on the Country Travel Requirements page of Celebrity Cruises’ HealthyAtSea.com portal.
Leading the Way
Celebrity Cruises paved the way for the industry’s safe return to sailing when Celebrity Edge became the first ship to resume U.S. sailings on 26th June, 2021. Exactly one year later, Celebrity’s entire fleet of 15 award-winning ships had returned to operation, maintaining health and safety measures that exceed other types of holidays. The line is now sailing in the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and the Galapagos. It returns to Australia and New Zealand this October.
For more information on all Celebrity Cruises offerings, call 0800 240 4286, visit www.celebritycruises.com/gb or speak with a trusted travel advisor.