Celebrity Cruises Drops COVID-Vaccine Requirement for Florida Sailings

  • Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Cruises rolled back its COVID-19-vaccine mandate for Florida cruises.
  • Unvaccinated passengers will face onboard restrictions, COVID-19 tests, and extra costs.
  • Cruise lines and Florida have been in a heated standoff over vaccine passports.
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Royal Caribbean Group’s Celebrity Cruises has rolled back its COVID-19-vaccine mandate for cruises sailing out of Florida ports, according to a June 17 update on Celebrity’s website.

The vaccine-mandate reversal is the latest update in a heated battle between cruise lines and the state, which has banned vaccine passports. But there’s a catch: Unvaccinated passengers — or those unwilling to show proof of the vaccine — will face onboard restrictions, extra COVID-19 tests, and additional…

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