Double Covid testing, travel insurance among Crystal Cruises’ new protocols

Crystal Cruises has expanded the set of health and safety measures for its Crystal Clean+ protocols to include Covid-19 testing for all guests and crew, mandatory travel insurance, in-port guidelines, and more.

The new Crystal Clean+ 3.0 protocols build on Crystal Clean+ 2.0, the initial set of enhanced health and safety procedures released in July, and comes even as the cruise operator has voluntarily extended its suspension of global voyages until year-end.

Crystal updates safety protocols to incorporate CLIA guidelines for Covid-19 testing for all guests and crew

The new protocols incorporate the current recommendations provided by CLIA to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Under the new protocols, guests will now be required to complete a Covid-19 test prior to departure for their cruise and provide a printed copy of their negative result at check-in – failure to do so will result in denial of boarding. In addition, guests will take a second Covid-19 test upon arrival at the pier and must test negative prior to boarding. Guests will be required to purchase travel insurance, either via Crystal or a third-party.

While on board, guests will have to observe social distancing of at least two metres of those outside of one’s travel party, including dance partners. As a result, Crystal’s Ambassador Host dance programme as well as Crystal’s Junior Activities programming and in-suite babysitting services will be suspended until further notice.

Furthermore, guests will only be permitted to disembark the ship in port if participating in Crystal’s shoreside activities or excursions, and shuttle buses into town will not be provided when in port – guests who fail to comply will be barred from reboarding the ship.

All crew will be tested for Covid-19 prior to leaving their home location to join the ship and must receive a negative result. They must also 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. In addition, crew will be tested periodically during their rotations.

Expanded measures were released across the entire Crystal fleet, including Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises, Crystal Yacht Cruises and Crystal Expedition Cruises.

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