Another cruise line is making it mandatory for guests to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Thursday, Crystal Cruise announced its updated health and safety protocol, which requires that all passengers be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before their trip. Passengers must provide proof of vaccination to board.

The company also said that as long as its cruises are up and running again, it is expected that the vaccines will be more widely available.

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“The company has halted operations in May 2021 for the river fleet, in June for its oceanographic vessels, from August 1 for Crystal Espirit and August for Crystal Endeavor, leaving most passengers with enough time to complete. Kind of vaccination. “The company said in its Announcement.

Crystal Cruise announced this week that all passengers would be required to take a full dose of the coronovirus vaccine before boarding.  (IStock)

Crystal Cruise announced this week that all passengers would be required to take a full dose of the coronovirus vaccine before boarding. (IStock)

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Crystal’s interim president and CEO, Jack Anderson, said in a statement that the company was “encouraged” by the vaccine’s progress.

“We know that peace of mind is the greatest luxury, and the need for a vaccine is the best way to ensure the safest crystal experience for everyone on board,” Anderson said. “This sentiment is underlined by our guests and travel partners and recent conversations Cruise critical survey Cruisers revealed that if a vaccine was required, more than 80 percent of respondents would cruise. “

Although vaccines will be required for all passengers, the cruise line said it may be more difficult to require all its employees – who are from around the world – to be fully vaccinated due to the availability of vaccines in their home Countries.

However, crews will still be tested for coronovirus and receive a series of protocols including receiving a negative test, quarantining for seven days when they arrive onboard and another negative test at the end of their quarantine. Have to follow.

“When vaccines are widely available, they will require employment for the crew that must be completed at least 14 days before service,” Anderson said in a statement.

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Crystal Cruise is just the latest cruise line to require Chronovirus vaccines.

Earlier this month, both the American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines said that when they would be sailing again this summer, they would have to vaccinate all passengers and crew before boarding their ship.

Earlier, UK-based company Saga Cruise had also said that it would require passengers to vaccinate.