Bahamas requiring eligible cruise passengers be fully vaccinated

All cruise passengers ages 12 and older must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 for ships to enter a Bahamas port, effective Sept. 3.

The order includes cruise lines’ private islands in the Bahamas. Every major cruise company sailing from the U.S. — Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Group, MSC Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings — calls at a private Bahamas destination.

Bahamas prime minister Hubert Minnis issued the emergency order on Aug. 19. The restriction is valid through Nov. 1. 

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Before arriving in port, the ship’s captain will be required to submit a manifest disclosing the vaccination status of all people aboard. 

In response to the order, MSC Cruises said unvaccinated guests whose cruise is scheduled to depart Florida between Sept. 3 and Oct. 31 won’t be allowed to sail. They are eligible for a full refund.

Earlier this month, Royal Caribbean International said that the U.S. Virgin Islands would not allow cruise ships to enter unless all eligible passengers onboard were vaccinated.

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