Top News Crystal makes Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for all cruise guests By TTG Asia / Posted on 22 February, 2021 13:16 Crystal, which manages a range of luxury cruise lines, now requires all guests to be fully inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to their cruise, with proof of vaccination to be provided before embarkation. The updated health and safety protocols also specifies that guests must have received both doses of the vaccine if recommended by the manufacturer by that timeline. All guests wanting to sail with Crystal must show proof of vaccination The compulsory vaccine requirement augments the company’s comprehensive Crystal Clean+ 4.0 measures, which includes negative Covid-19 tests for both guests and crew, pre-boarding temperature checks at the terminal, a nimble mask policy, social distancing, enhanced cleaning and disinfection measures, reduced capacity and more. “We are encouraged by the progress being made with the Covid-19 vaccines and what this means for our Crystal Family and the travel industry as a whole as we eagerly look forward to exploring the world again,” said Crystal’s interim president and CEO, Jack Anderson in a press statement. “We know that peace of mind is the greatest luxury, and the vaccine requirement is simply the best way to ensure the safest possible Crystal Experience for all on board. This sentiment is underscored by conversations with our guests and travel partners and a recent of (study) that revealed that more than 80 per cent of respondents would cruise if a vaccine were required,” Anderson added. As of February 18, the company has voluntarily paused operations through May 2021 for its River fleet, into June for its Ocean ships, through August 1 for Crystal Esprit and through August for Crystal Endeavor, allowing most travellers sufficient time to get fully vaccinated before sailing resumption. Crystal’s crew are expected to be vaccinated as well when the company resumes sailing, subject to their age and/or the availability of vaccines in their home countries. “As part of the company’s Crystal Clean+ 4.0 measures, crew members will 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 test at embarkation; quarantine for seven days upon arrival; be tested again at the end of that seven-day period and must receive a negative result before beginning their duties,” Anderson noted. “When vaccines are widely available, it will be a requirement of employment for crew, which must be completed at least 14 days prior to service.” Crystal will continue to evaluate and update its health and safety protocols according to the latest scientific data and expert guidance.