Lonely Planet reports that “major cruise lines now require negative COVID-19 tests for all passengers.”
All of the major cruise lines have an agreement in place with regulations that will require all passengers to show that they don’t have COVID- 19. This will supposedly help show that large cruise lines can sail safely.
Lonely Planet says that “a statement was recently shared by the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise agency association, stating that all of its members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100% testing of passengers and crews on all ships with the capacity to carry 250 people or more, with a negative test being required for embarkation.”
Some very well known cruise lines are members of the CLIA, including Carnival, MSC and Royal Caribbean.
Considering that I am not a fan of cruises, I’ll pass on this opportunity.
Regardless of the mandatory testing, many countries around the world still advise against cruising. Also, tests might come back negative but it’s still possible that some who have been exposed to COVID-19 may not be detectable yet.
Find out more from Lonely Planet here.