Crystal River Cruises extends vaccination mandate until end of 2022
Ultra-luxury line Crystal River Cruises has announced it will extend its vaccination requirement for guests and crew until the end of next year, giving passengers more certainty about health protocols for future reservations.
“The health and safety of our guests and crew is paramount to everything we do at Crystal River Cruises, and as such, we will require full vaccination through 2022 so our guests can continue to explore the world. in great comfort and safety,” said Walter Littlejohn, SVP and General Manager of Crystal River Cruises. “After months of planning and preparation, we welcomed passengers on board again at the end of August and the feedback has been great. Extending the vaccination requirement provides our passengers with the health information and assurances and security they need to plan their future trips.”
The line’s health and safety protocols will continue to require all passengers and crew to have completed a full course of COVID-19 vaccination (with two doses, if recommended by the manufacturer) for at least 14 days before their embarkation date. Guests will be required to provide documentation proving vaccination at check-in prior to boarding the vessel.
In addition to health and safety assurance, the vaccination requirement will give guests the freedom to explore ashore on their own, without a protective “bubble” guided tour. Fully vaccinated passengers also have an easier time traveling across multiple national jurisdictions, the line said.
Other protective measures include onboard COVID-19 testing for passengers and crew; ground return temperature checks; an “agile” mask policy; social distancing guidelines; and improved cleaning. Like many other operators, Crystal River Cruises also requires its crew members to wear masks in all public areas.
As a luxury operator, Crystal River Cruises has the added benefit of a high volume-to-passenger ratio for built-in social distancing. Its fully-equipped ships were built for about half the number of passengers as ships of comparable size operated by other lines. His Crystal Mozart is the most spacious river vessel in Europe, with twice the width of any competitor and room for just 120 passengers.