Holland America simplifies COVID-19 protocols

Holland America simplifies COVID-19 protocols

SEATTLE — Holland America Line has updated its COVID-19 protocols, effective Sept. 6, 2022.

Under the simplified procedures, for most voyages up to 15 nights, vaccinated guests will no longer have to test before cruising, while unvaccinated guests will be welcomed with a self-test within three days of sailing.

The new protocols, which come on the heels of similar announcements made earlier this week by Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Cunard and P&O Cruises, all part of the Carnival Corporation, do not apply to itineraries for countries where local regulations may vary, including Canada, Australia and Greece.

“Our guests have been excited to return to cruising and these changes will make it easier for more guests to explore the world in a safe and enjoyable environment,” said Gus Antorcha, president of Holland America Line. “The new, simplified protocols recognize the evolving nature of COVID-19 while still ensuring we protect the health of our guests, team members and the communities we visit.”

Key changes for cruises up to 15 nights, for ages five and older (not including full Panama Canal transits, trans-ocean and designated remote voyages) are as follows:

  • Vaccinated guests must provide evidence of vaccination status prior to embarkation. Pre-cruise testing is no longer required.
  • Unvaccinated guests are welcomed aboard and must provide results of a negative medically supervised or self-test taken within three days of embarkation.

Protocols for cruises 16 nights or longer (plus full Panama Canal transit, trans-ocean and designated remote voyages, ages five and older) are as follows:

  • All guests will be required to submit a medically supervised COVID-19 test with written negative result. The test must be taken within three days of embarkation.
  • Guests must be vaccinated or request an exemption.

Guests on longer voyages will be provided additional information about protocols based on ports visited. Guests can continue to submit documents electronically ahead of embarkation for a simple and faster check-in process.

Holland America recommends that guests visit the TravelWell section of the company’s website for updates prior to cruise departure, as well as instructions on how to provide results of a negative test.

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