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As Omicron cases continue to surge, information on traveling protocol on cruise lines changes. Following are some helpful guidelines if you are planning to take a cruise:
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stressed that people should avoid traveling on cruise ships regardless of their vaccination status, due to the fast-spreading of the Omicron variant.
According to Cruise Critic, Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean International have all revealed they would at least temporarily require facial coverings in all indoor areas unless eating or drinking.
Carnival Cruise Line officials said mask mandates would be implemented for passengers on all sailings through the end of January 2022, but the requirements could be extended or expanded, depending on the battle against the Omicron variant.
While Norwegian Cruise Line has been quick to highlight its mask-free policies due to all passengers being fully vaccinated, the continuous surge in Coronavirus cases has forced the company to require facial coverings for all customers and employees, unless eating or drinking. “We are asking guests to wear masks onboard while indoors, except when actively eating or drinking or when in their stateroom; wear masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible; and adhere to local regulations when visiting ports of call,” a Norwegian spokesperson told Cruise Critic.
Source: Travel Pulse