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The purveyor of luxury small-ship experiences, Oceania Cruises, has revised its SailSafe Health and Safety protocols to open more doors to the world for its guests.

Effective Sep. 3, 2022, for all sailings embarking from that date forward, vaccinated travelers will no longer need to test to embark and unvaccinated travelers may embark by providing proof of a negative antigen or PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding. Children under the age of 12 will also be welcomed without any vaccination or testing requirements. 

“We have been waiting a long time for this moment to arrive. The world has been re-opening quickly and once more, we are pleased to welcome all travelers, of all ages, to safely explore the world with comfort and ease aboard the small, luxurious ships of Oceania Cruises,” stated Howard Sherman, president and ceo of Oceania Cruises, in a press statement.

The policy change is in line with that of the greater travel industry around the globe as society continues to adapt and return to a state of normalcy. While vaccination and testing requirements have been relaxed, Oceania Cruises continues to strongly recommend all guests be up to date with their vaccines and to test at their convenience prior to travel. 

The line’s revised SailSafe base-level protocols for embarkation are as follows: 

  • Vaccinated travelers aged 12 and older will not need to test to embark.
  • Unvaccinated travelers will need to present a negative, medically administered covid-19 test. Antigen and PCR test results must not be more than 72 hours old at the time of boarding.
  • Travelers aged 11 and under are not subject to any vaccination requirements or testing protocols.
  • Vaccinated travelers must meet the generally-accepted definition of “fully vaccinated” based on the destination in which they are embarking, and/or traveling to and must provide proof of vaccination.
  • Travelers who cannot provide proof of vaccination will be considered unvaccinated and subject to any required testing protocols.

As part of the line’s comprehensive health and safety protocols, all officers and crew will continue to be fully vaccinated and boosted and also undergo regular, routine COVID-19 testing. Certain destinations such as Canada, Bermuda and Greece, may have very specific requirements that will result in slightly different protocols that will impact a small number of voyages. The cruise line will communicate specific voyage and destination requirements to guests and travel partners as needed. 

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