Norwegian Cruise Line announces requirement for all passengers and crew to be 100% vaccinated a minimum of two weeks before boarding a cruise.
Frank Del Rio, Norwegian Cruise Line’s President said that by implementing this policy together with strict adherence to safety protocols would provide a “one-two punch” policy that it would mean that it would be difficult not to argue “that being on a cruise ship under those conditions is not the safest place on Earth.”
Norwegian are taking their cue from from the updated guidance issued on Friday for cruise ships provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on its Conditional Sailing Order that was first issued back in October, which is intended to provide measures that will help cruise companies as they restart their schedules.
As Del Rio went on to say that “Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is simply taking a cue from the CDC and putting together a comprehensive, robust, scientific-based plan that allows us to operate just like airlines are operating, casinos, resorts, theme parks, ballparks are now operating,”
It is determined that by following this two pronged policy a secure ‘bubble’ will be created onboard the vessels. Del Rio went on to state that in ” requiring full and complete vaccinations of guests and crew, we believe our extensive health and safety standards share in the spirit and exceed the intent of the CDC’s existing Conditional Sailing Order (‘CSO’)”
The issue of proving vaccination is of course still an issue with many governments around the world and indeed various US states having different policies on vaccine passports. As yet there is no digital solution so as Del Rio pointed out “we’ll use paper,” and that Norwegian would have to accept, to some extent, any “paper driven” proof that individuals had although he was also at pains to point out that they “understand the risks of paper”, however, there would be some standards in place but that at the moment “the reality is that the digital technology simply won’t be ready for quite some time.”