Royal Caribbean Group luxury brand, Silversea Cruises is to require all passengers and crew to be vaccinated when it returns to service, the company said Thursday as it announced its health protocols for a return to service.
The requirement will apply to all Silversea voyages globally, with the exclusion of sailings departing from Australia, for which protocol is still under evaluation.
“Our guests share our excitement for our eagerly-anticipated healthy return to service. In recent months, we have seen the cruise industry resume responsibly in destinations around the world and we are delighted to announce these new inaugural sailings for our flagship,” said Roberto Martinoli, President and CEO of Silversea Cruises.
“Vaccinations will play a critical role in ensuring the health and safety of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit, which we prioritise above all else. Paired with our science-backed onboard procedures, which leverage on the expertise of the Royal Caribbean Group’s Healthy Sail Panel, vaccinations will enable our guests to travel deep into the world once again, with a renewed sense of appreciation for our beautiful planet. Backed by the Royal Caribbean Group, we have introduced a range of initiatives—including our ‘Cruise with Confidence’ programme and our COVID-19 protections—to enable our guests to travel in superlative comfort and with unwavering confidence.”
Silver Moon to sail in Eastern Meditteranean
Meanwhile, Silversea also announced that its new flagship, the Silver Moon, will sail from June 18, departing on 10-day itineraries to the Eastern Mediterranean from Greece. Silversea said the Silver Moon would call at Mediterranean destinations including Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, and Crete, as well as Haifa (Israel) and Cyprus. The new round-trip itineraries will be unveiled and on general sale from April 15.
While fully vaccinated cruises have been announced from destinations including Israel, where Royal Caribbean will debut its newest ship, the Odyssey of the Seas in May, in the United States, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has said that vaccination is not yet sufficient for the cruise industry to restart even though persons who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine can travel within the United States.
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