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According to Royal Caribbean spokesperson Lyan Sierra-Caro, the insurance “must cover medical, travel and other related costs for COVID-19 should they test positive while onboard.”
The insurance requirement applies to sailings departing from Florida between Aug. 1 through Dec. 31 and all bookings after June 28. The proof of travel insurance for unvaccinated individuals must be shown at check-in.
The company said the insurance policy must provide a minimum of $25,000 worth of coverage per person for medical expenses and $50,000 per person for travel expenses. Alternatively, unvaccinated passengers can avail themselves of Royal Caribbean’s Travel Protection Program package. This costs between $39 and $1,000 per person, depending on the cost of the cruise.
Due to Florida law, companies like Royal Caribbean are barred from requiring passengers to show proof of vaccination. The company is instead “strongly” recommending eligible passengers traveling from Florida to get vaccinated.
“Those who are unvaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be required to undergo testing and follow other protocols at their own expense,” said Sierra-Caro.
Royal Caribbean is currently carrying out test cruises ordered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to comply with the agency’s guidelines. The test cruise was required because the cruise line does not expect to meet the CDC’s requirement of having at least 95 percent of passengers vaccinated against COVID-19.