UPDATE: May 27, 2021 Great News! Latest Key Updates from CDC:
Cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may advise passengers and crew that—if they are fully vaccinated—they may gather or conduct activities outdoors, including engaging in extended meal service or beverage consumption, without wearing a mask.
Cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may advise crew who are fully vaccinated that they do not have to wear a mask or maintain physical distance in areas of the ship that are inaccessible to passengers.
Cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may designate areas as only accessible to fully vaccinated passengers and crew where masks and physical distancing are not required (e.g., casinos; bars; spas; entertainment venues; and dining areas, including self-serve buffets).
For ships with at least 95% of crew and 95% of passengers fully vaccinated, cruise ship operators, at their discretion, may advise passengers and crew that they do not have to wear a mask or maintain physical distance in any areas.
Will all passengers need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to board?
Yes, all passengers will need to be fully vaccinated (meaning to have received your final dose) at least 14 days prior to sailing on both the November 2021 and January 2022 sailings.
How do I submit proof of vaccination?
It is currently unclear how proof of vaccination will need to be shared, but we hope to have this available to you no later than 60 days prior to sailing. Proof of vaccination will be required in advance of sailing.
Which vaccinations will be acceptable?
Acceptable vaccines are those that have been approved or have an emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or is approved or will have received emergency use listing from the European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).
What about COVID-19 Boosters if available prior to sailing?
LRBC will lean on the guidance of the CDC and Holland America and follow all updated protocols as they are released.
Will passengers also have to show a negative Covid-19 test prior boarding or returning from various ports?
We’re still learning what boarding procedures will look like, but this information will be passed along as soon as it is finalized.
Will masks be required indoors?
We are unsure if masking will be required at any point while onboard. The CDC is constantly updating their guidelines and general information about onboard requirements. Once this information has been finalized, we will share these details with booked passengers.
Will dining be the same as previous cruises?
We have not been made aware to any updated dining protocols (buffets, dining times, capacity) etc. but if any updates are provided, we will communicate this with booked passengers.
Will onboard capacity be restricted?
The LRBC has chosen to sail at no more than 80% capacity for our November 2021 sailing, as we ease back into our restart plan. January 2022 does not have a capacity restriction in place.
Will we be able to visit the ports outside of a group excursion?
It is unclear if restrictions of any kind will be advised at any of our various ports. We will communicate any details as soon as they are made available.
Foreign sailing passengers with concerns regarding border closings or post-cruise quarantine:
The LRBC is sensitive to the ever-changing situation regarding border closures and the return to International air travel. It is best for foreign travelers with concerns to reach out directly regarding your unique situation so that we may work with you one on one. You may do so by emailing us at Bluesin@BluesCruise.com.