Major Cruise Lines Change Mask Policies

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Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line and Seabourn have all announced that they will participate in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated program for cruise ships operating in U.S. waters.

The cruise lines are advising guests of the following changes:

  • Effective with cruises departing March 1, masks on board will be recommended but not required. There may, however, be certain venues and events where masks will be required.
  • Effective with cruises departing March 1, some additional flexibility in pre-cruise testing requirements will become available.

“We have had a very successful restart of guest operations thanks to the support of our guests, the commitment of our shipboard team, and the effective protocols we have put in place,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line, in a press release statement. “Our protocols will evolve as we continue to remain dedicated to protecting the public health of our guests, crew and the communities we visit.”

Gus Antorcha, president, Holland America Line, noted in a release, that “We will continue to monitor the situation and are well-prepared to adjust to evolving circumstances while protecting the safety of our guests, team members and the communities we visit.”

For more information on Carnival protocols, visit Have Fun. Be Safe.; for Holland, visit Travel Well; for Princess, visit; and for Seabourn, go to Health & Safety.

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