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Norwegian Cruise Lines to relax COVID-19 policies

Norwegian Cruises Vaccine Lawsuit
The Norwegian Gem cruise ship is shown docked, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, at PortMiami in Miami. A federal judge has temporarily blocked a Florida law that prevents cruise lines from requiring passengers to prove they’re vaccinated against COVID-19. Judge Kathleen Williams says it fails to protect people even as it appears to violate the free speech rights of cruise lines. She says Norwegian Cruise Lines has shown that without proof of vaccination, cruising will jeopardize public health by potentially causing “super-spreader” events wherever passengers disembark. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

MIAMI– Norwegian Cruise Lines is relaxing its policy that passengers test negative for COVID-19 before setting sail.

The company stated on Wednesday that the only exception to the revised policy would be for ships sailing from locations with local testing rules.

The United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Greece would still have to adhere to the cruise line COVID-19 policy.

Norwegian Cruise Line ships departing from the Untied States require passengers who are vaccinated to provide proof that they are COVID-19 negative.

This means passengers who are vaccinated must provide a negative antigen test for COVID-19 within two days of their trip or a negative PCR test within three days of departure.

Norwegian maintains its headquarters in Miami.