- Hornblower Group cruise lines will require COVID-19 vaccination.
- Both visitors and staff have to be vaccinated, and the protocol applies to all sailings beginning July 1.
- The cruise lines nonetheless have journeys lined up for April by means of June.
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The American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines — each a part of the Hornblower Group — have introduced they will require their visitors and crew members to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine for sailings beginning July 1.
Crew members and visitors will each want to present proof of the vaccination so as to sail. Potential cruisers who cannot or don’t desire to obtain the vaccine will want to contact the cruise lines’ reservations division.
“Vaccination necessities for each our visitors and crew is essentially the most prudent subsequent step to make sure that we’re offering the most secure cruising expertise doable,” John Waggoner, CEO and founding father of American Queen Steamboat Company, stated in a press release.
The American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines’ July 1 vaccination deadline could seem quickly, however the two firms aren’t anxious about this upcoming date.
According to the cruise lines, nearly all of American Queen Steamboat and Victory cruisers are over the age of 65, subsequently making them eligible to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine earlier than nearly all of the US. However, if somebody is not ready to get their jabs earlier than their journey, the businesses will rebook the visitor for a later date.
In phrases of necessary vaccinations for crew members by the identical deadline, the 2 firms are assured its staff will additionally have the ability to obtain each photographs by July 1 since important “water transportation” staff fall beneath the Phase 1c vaccine rollout.
“We have no reason to believe that they will not have access to both doses of the vaccine by that time,” the 2 firms stated in a press release in a information launch.
Sailings earlier than July and different well being protocols
The cruise lines are nonetheless set to resume crusing beginning April, which is prior to the July 1 vaccination deadline.
The cruise lines have already seen “strong interest” for journeys from April by means of June, in accordance to the 2 firms. To be secure, these pre-mandatory vaccine sailings will nonetheless have a number of security measures. But by April, lots of the visitors will have already got had entry to the COVID-19 vaccine, in accordance to the American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines.
Looking forward, the 2 cruise lines will nonetheless have an inventory of well being measures in place even after the vaccination requirement is applied. Besides mandating vaccine jabs, the cruise lines will even have well being screenings and COVID-19 exams for visitors and crew members prior to crusing and will implement a masks mandate the place social distancing is not doable, to identify just a few protocols.
Like (*2*)airways which have been flying throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the 2 cruise lines will even be working at decreased capability. And as a substitute of self-serve buffets, the ships will be increasing “grab and go” choices, and crew members will be serving the visitors meals.
The American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines aren’t the primary cruising firms to announce a vaccine mandate. Norwegian Cruise Line and its Regent Seven Seas Cruises model will require all crew members to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine, the cruise firms’ spokespeople informed Insider in an e mail assertion. Similarly, UK cruise firm Saga — which targets visitors over 50-years-old — will be imposing a compulsory covid vaccination protocol for all its visitors.