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Cunard joins the growing number of cruise lines to update their Covid-19 protocols. From Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 self-testing prior to travel will change from “mandatory” to “highly recommended” for vaccinated guests on the vast majority of voyages.

Only guests sailing on longer, more complex itineraries will be required to have an observed or in-person antigen or PCR test with a “fit to travel” certificate prior to departure. These include a number of sailings of 16 nights or more and other specific voyages.

These new guidelines apply to all Cunard itineraries sailing from Southampton, England, and all other departure points, with the exception of countries where government regulations and protocols may vary including Canada and Australia.

The vaccination policy for Cunard guests remains the same.

“These updated protocols reflect the current environment across the world and while certain key elements have relaxed, our commitment to protect the health and wellbeing of all guests, crew and the communities we visit remains an ongoing and vital consideration,” said Matt Gleaves, vp, Commercial, North America and Australasia. “They also ensure that the ease of cruising remains at the fore and that all guests of all ages can enjoy a voyage with unrivalled dining, relaxation and exploration options and unmatched service levels at extraordinary value for money.”

All the updated guidelines and protocols are subject to local regulations of applicable homeports and destinations.

Cunard operates the luxury cruise ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and its newest ship, Queen Anne. The maiden voyages of the new Queen Anne will be part of the cruise schedule for 2023-24. The luxury cruise line has scheduled 110 new international voyages, all will take place between Oct. 23, 2023, and May 14, 2024. It is the only line to offer regularly scheduled transatlantic service between New York and London, and it continues to offer World Voyage and Grand Voyage itineraries that visit Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

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