Crystal to Require Vaccine

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Crystal is now requiring all guests to be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their cruise.

Crystal cruisers will need to provide proof of vaccination before embarkation and must have received both doses of the vaccine if recommended by the manufacturer by that timeline.

The vaccine requirement augments the company’s comprehensive Crystal Clean+ 4.0 measures, including negative COVID-19 tests for both guests and crew, temperature checks at the terminal prior to boarding, a nimble mask policy, social distancing guidelines, enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures, reduced capacity and more.

Crystal has paused operations through May 2021 for its river fleet, into June for its ocean ships, through Aug. 1 for Crystal Esprit and through August for Crystal Endeavor, allowing most travelers time to get fully vaccinated before Crystal’s resumption of sailing.

In addition to providing verified documentation of their COVID-19 vaccine at the time of boarding, guests will complete an online form acknowledging this requirement before their cruise tickets will be issued. Crystal has published a frequently asked questions document on the advisory alert section of its website for further reference.

Crystal’s crew will be expected to be vaccinated as well when the company resumes sailing, however, this may not be a viable option for all crew members given their age and/or the availability of vaccines in their home countries.

That said, crew members will be tested for COVID-19 prior to leaving their home location to join the ship and must receive a negative result. They also will take a COVID-19 test at embarkation; quarantine for seven days upon arrival; be tested again at the end of that 7-day period and must receive a negative result before beginning their duties. When vaccines are widely available, they will be a requirement of employment for crew which must be completed at least 14 days prior to service.

For more information on the cruise line’s health and safety protocols, visit

(This article originally appeared in our sister publication, Recommend.)

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