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Advise clients headed on a Windstar cruise that the cruise line has revised its COVID-19 protocols and procedures and will no longer require pre-cruise COVID-19 tests for embarking guests (unless required by one of the countries on the cruise line’s current scheduled itineraries). These changes will go into effect for cruises departing on or after Sept. 6, 2022.

As part of its Beyond Ordinary Care health and safety program, Windstar will still require all guests to be fully vaccinated and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

The exception to this new testing procedure is that Windstar must follow the local rules and regulations of all the countries it visits and as of press time, Canada, Greece, Australia and New Zealand still require COVID-19 pre-testing prior to boarding any ship in their respective waters.

“Safety and wellness are our first concern, and these new procedures will simplify the process of sailing with us on a fully vaccinated ship,” said Chris Prelog, president of Windstar Cruises, in a press release statement.

And in case you missed the news, Windstar has moved its headquarters to Miami, with Prelog noting that, “Miami is the cruise capital of the universe. This new location allows us to collaborate closely with our vendors, partners, travel agents and fleet. The location here in Doral is perfect for Windstar.” Not only will it allow the company to build relationships within the industry, the move means Miami-based operations employees will now be closer to ships and crew, plus flight times to ships in Europe and the Caribbean will be reduced.

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