TORONTO — Hurtigruten Expeditions has updated its COVID-19 protocols, making it easier for passengers to boards its ships.
The main change is the removal of pre-departure testing across all departures and ships – with the exception of Antarctica expedition cruises – as of Oct. 1.
For Antarctica expedition cruises, guests must still provide a proof of a negative COVID-19 test to embark the ships.
Hurtigruten Expeditions will arrange for tests for all guests during the transfer from either Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cruise-only guests in Antarctica who travel to Ushuaia or Punta Arenas independently must arrange for their own test within 72 hours before boarding the ship.
Masks are no longer mandatory onboard or during landings and land adventures, however, guests are still encouraged to wear masks in public areas onboard all ships.
Hurtigruten Expeditions is still operating fully-vaccinated ships, with all guests and crew required to provide proof of full vaccination with a WHO-approved vaccine prior to embarkation on all voyages. This applies to all guests aged 12 years and older. Although recommended, a booster dose is no longer required.
“Our updated protocols will more closely align with land-based travel options and the current environment across our destinations. We will offer our guests the best possible experience, with the peace of mind of exploring with us onboard a fully vaccinated ship,” said Iain McNeill, SVP Operations at Hurtigruten Expeditions.
Testing and vaccination requirements may differ for certain destinations based on local regulations. Where tests are required, guests must still provide a proof of a negative test result in accordance with local regulations. Hurtigruten Expeditions recommends that all guests familiarize themselves with local COVOID-19 regulations prior to departure.