Disney Cruise Line said it is dropping its COVID-19 vaccine requirement for children aged 5 to 11 for trips departing Canada and the United States.
The company previously required all passengers aged 5 and older to be fully vaccinated before departing.
Fully vaccinated individuals must show a negative COVID-19 test result taken one to two days before departure, the company said. Otherwise, they will have to undergo testing at the cruise terminal before departing.
People who are not fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative test taken between one and three days before departure. They will have to return a second negative test taken at the terminal on the day of departure, according to the firm.
Other Cruise LinesRoyal Caribbean confirmed that it will allow all passengers, regardless of vaccination status, on its ships in certain locations. A spokesperson for the company said that starting Sept. 5 it will drop its COVID-19 vaccine requirements “as long as testing requirements are met.”
“We are collaborating with local governments throughout the Caribbean to align on vaccination requirements for additional itineraries,” the spokesperson told USA Today. On its website, Royal Caribbean said that now, “COVID-19 vaccination is not required for sailings departing from home ports in California, Louisiana, or Texas.”
The company had required guests aged 12 and older to show proof of vaccination before they could get on ships in North America.
Similarly, Carnival Cruise Line is easing COVID-19 testing requirements for vaccinated passengers and allowing unvaccinated people to travel without an exemption.
After vaccines were rolled out en masse, cruise lines have issued mandates that everyone on board be vaccinated, although there have been numerous cases where ships reported that dozens of people on board had contracted COVID-19 this year.