Cruise lines announce fully vaccinated sailings in summer

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises both revealed plans to set sail in June with fully vaccinated passengers and crews as the industry prepares to welcome back travelers.
2:16 | 03/22/21

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We want to turn now to the comeback for cruises as the travel industry slowly gets back into the swing of things. How cruise lines are getting ready to set sail again with a catch. All passengers over 18 will have to be fully vaccinated. Our transportation correspondent gio Benitez with us in New York. Gio ready to set sail. Reporter: That's right, T.J. Good morning to you. The cruise industry has been shut down for over a year now after those covid outbreaks, but starting in June that's about to change just as travel bookings are soaring. This morning, new hope for travelers who want scenes like these to come back. Royal caribbean and celebrity cruises with the big news, both announcing they plan to start sailing again in June, but not from the U.S. Royal caribbean from the Bahamas, celebrity from St. Martin, with bookings opening up this week. In your case, every single passenger and crew member must be vaccinated? Every guest and our crew must be vaccinated if they're 18 or older and for children, they will be required to have a negative pcr test within 72 hours of their cruise as well. Reporter: They're working out the exact covid protocols for June, but expect enhanced cleaning procedures, and enhanced filtration. Just as we see a major spike in more than a million travelers a day for over two weeks now, and bookings are soaring, and then there's a new trend. Some countries like Iceland now requiring full covid vaccinations for international travelers to avoid quarantine, and Australian airline Kwan tus is making vaccinations mandatory for international travel. They're anticipating there will be a lot of privileged afforded to folks who have been vaccinated that might be denied folks who have not been vaccinated, at least for the next, you know, 6, 8, 10, 12 months. Reporter: Now U.S. Airlines are pushing for a digital vaccine passport right on your phone so that travelers can skip any quarantine restrictions, but they do not want vaccines to be mandatory for all airline passengers. Guys, back to you. All right, gio. We'll see you.

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