Adults-only cruise line, Virgin Voyages, is the latest to eliminate all pre-cruise testing and vaccination requirements.
Virgin Voyages was among the first to change requirements as destinations changed protocols, but they have now dropped all travel restrictions. Virgin Voyage’s “Voyage Well” now reads, “In keeping in line with the rest of the travel industry, we have removed all vaccine and testing requirements beginning 10/30/22 on Valiant Lady and 10/28/22 on Scarlet Lady.”
No guests are required to pre-cruise tests regardless of vaccination status, however, if a cruiser “exhibits signs or symptoms of an illness during check-in (or their voyage),” the cruise line may test that individual and their traveling companions. In the event that testing is needed, Virgin Voyages will pay for the cost of that test.
So what happens if you do test positive?
Virgin Voyages “Voyage Well” states that if you test positive before embarkation day you have the option to reschedule your voyage or receive a full future credit to use toward another booking.
If you test positive at the terminal, Virgin Voyages will provide a full future credit toward another booking. If you test positive while on board, you will be quarantined in your cabin, with complimentary ShipEats, on-demand TV, WiFi, and Virgin Voyages will provide medical care and testing on board. You will also receive a prorated credit for the days you were required to quarantine.
As far as returning home, Virgin Voyages will coordinate with you and local authorities on how to safely disembark and travel.
This is a pretty standard protocol across cruise lines and highlights the importance of travel insurance. While protocols seem to be going away, COVID hasn’t, and cruise lines are still doing what they can to keep all individuals safe on board their ships.
**As always, check with your cruise line and destination for the latest protocols.