• Tom Drake

Big Foreign Flagged Ships Remain Parked While Small U.S. Flagged Ships Sail!

American Cruise Line has announced they have six ships sailing now.

American cruise line has announced that they presently have 6 of their 13 ships sailing in the U.S. Because the CDC is allowed ships with a capacity of 250 guests or less to sell without oversight, small ships are allowed to operate in U.S. waters.

Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines said in a statement, “We are proud to have been the first line back on the water in the U.S. As the only cruise line visiting 30 states, we have taken great care to resume cruises safely in each region by working closely with state and local partners. The popularity of small ship domestic cruising was stronger than ever before the pandemic, and 2021 demand is already at new record levels.”

American Cruise Lines does not require guests to be vaccinated. It is unknown if the crew and staff are vaccinated. Below are the Covid-19 requirements to cruise.

All guests are asked to minimize contact with others prior to travel.

Fully vaccinated guests are not required to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to travelling to the ship and will be asked to present proof of the vaccine (i.e. vaccination card) at time of boarding. A guest is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last recommended dose of vaccine.

Guests who are not fully vaccinated must take a COVID-19 test within 4 days of the start of their cruise package. Only molecular test results (such as a NAAT or PCR test) will be accepted. Guests are asked to submit their test results to American Cruise Lines at and present the result at the time of boarding.

Additional requirements may be necessary for testing and vaccination depending on the time period and region traveled. These requirements will be communicated directly to guests.

On arrival to the ship (or pre-cruise hotel, if applicable) all guests will meet with the ship’s certified Medical Officer who will conduct a brief health evaluation and a COVID-19 test utilizing the shipboard medical facility.

Pre-boarding testing requirements do not negate the need for mask-wearing, daily health checks, or possible additional COVID-19 tests during the cruise.

Guests are strongly encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel. Guests with a vaccine must still comply with all the requirements of the American Cruise Lines Operating Protocol, including testing and mask-wearing.

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