Source: Norwegian Cruise Line
Norwegian Cruise Line, together with its Regent Seven Seas Cruises is one of the first major cruise lines to require crew members receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Just last week, Saga Cruises – a cruise line specifically tailored to cruisers over the age of fifty – also announced they would be requiring all crew members to be vaccinated.
Your health & safety is our #1 priority — both on and off our ships. We have made the decision to further suspend cruise voyages across our fleet through April 30, 2021. For more information, please visit: https://t.co/cN9sE1AtHU pic.twitter.com/ppIt6ult53
— Cruise Norwegian (@CruiseNorwegian) January 19, 2021
In a statement to Insider, Norwegian confirmed they would be asking all crew members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine prior to boarding.
“We are exploring all options regarding vaccinations for guests and crew and it is our intention that all crew members be vaccinated before boarding our vessels to begin their duties, subject to availability of the vaccine,” Norwegian and Regent Seven Seas told Insider. “We will continue to partner with global and domestic authorities and the Healthy Sail Panel, our team of leading expert advisors, to explore all options necessary to protect guests, crew and the communities visited.”
According to Insider, several other cruise companies – including Carnival and Holland America – are “reviewing” different vaccines but have not announced any mandatory vaccine requirements for crew or passengers yet.