COVID-19 VACCINE REQUIREMENT
Statement Re: COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement For All Crystal Guests
UPDATED Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:30pm EST
Like our guests, the Crystal team is eagerly looking forward to the resumption of service for our fleet of Ocean, River, Yacht and upcoming Expedition ship later this year. The company is preparing for this time by planning enhanced safety and health measures for guests and crew through its Crystal Clean+ protocols, which are continually evaluated and updated as appropriate. We are encouraged by the recent development of multiple vaccines and optimistic about what this means for the wellbeing of the Crystal Family and their loved ones around the world.
With this in mind, and according to the latest scientific data and expert guidance, we have made the decision that guests must be fully inoculated with a COVID-19 vaccine (with both doses if recommended by the manufacturer) at least 14 days prior to boarding any Crystal ship and will be asked to provide proof of vaccination before embarkation. The new requirement is in addition to existing Crystal Clean+ measures, including negative COVID-19 tests and health screening questionnaires.
We understand that the widespread availability of vaccines varies according to the distribution plan of each travelers’ home country and/or state. As of today, Crystal has voluntarily paused operations through June 2021 for our River fleet with cancellations into June for our Ocean ships, through August 1 for Crystal Esprit and through August for Crystal Endeavor. We are confident that our timeline for returning to cruising this summer will allow guests sufficient time to get fully vaccinated.
We expect all crew to be vaccinated; however, we understand that as it stands today this may not be a viable option for all crew members given their age and/or the availability of vaccines in their home countries. As part of the company’s Crystal Clean+ measures, crew members are required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to leaving their home location to join the ship and must receive a negative result; they also will take a COVID-19 test at embarkation; quarantine for seven days upon arrival; and take a test at the end of that seven-day period and must receive a negative result, before beginning their duties. When vaccines are widely available, they will be a requirement of employment at least 14 days prior to service.
There is no greater luxury than peace of mind, and it is important that each guest aboard Crystal ships enjoys the reassurance that every detail of their journey has been considered. This sentiment is underscored by conversations with our guests and travel partners and a recent Cruise Critic survey of cruisers that revealed that more than 80 percent of respondents would cruise if a vaccine were required. Crystal’s top priority is its guests’ and crew’s health and safety and, along with our comprehensive health and safety protocols, this additional measure will allow travelers to explore the world again with their minds at ease and their spirit of discovery renewed.
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