Two more Royal Caribbean International ships received approval for test cruises from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
“Yippee,” Royal Caribbean President Michael Bayley wrote on Facebook on June 3.
“Just got approval from the CDC for our simulated sailings on Allure of the Seas for July 27 to July 29 from Port Canaveral and Symphony of the Seas sailing from Miami on August 1st to 3rd.”
Royal Caribbean previously received approval to operate a test cruise on Freedom of the Seas June 20-22 from PortMiami.
The simulated cruises are required for ships that don’t mandate vaccinations of at least 98 percent of its crew and 95 percent of its passengers – the latter of which is difficult to do for companies that attract families since most young children aren’t eligible for the vaccines yet.
When Serenade of the Seas starts cruising in Alaska in July, vaccines are required of all guests aged 16 and older. For sailings departing after Aug. 1, the age requirement will change from 16 to 12 years of age. Younger guests don’t need to be vaccinated and will receive a SARS-Cov-2 test before boarding.
The CDC has outlined what the simulated cruises should include. Among the requirements is that passengers on test voyages must be 18 years old and present proof of vaccination or documentation that the passenger is not at high risk for severe COVID-19. All volunteer passengers “must be informed in writing that they are participating in a simul