Currently, passengers hoping to enjoy one of Princess Cruises UK sailings must be able to prove they are fully vaccinated and received both doses of their vaccine. However, currently under 18s in the UK are not being offered the Covid vaccine, which makes cruising with the family tricky.
In a bid to help more families enjoy a safe holiday, Princess Cruises is set to welcome back under 18’s who have not been vaccinated.
However, they will be required to prove evidence of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding.
Under 18’s who have completed their vaccination schedule will also be able to travel.
This will apply to cruises onboard Regal Princess and Sky Princess departing Southampton from September 30.
Passengers over 18 will, however, still need to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before sailing.
All passengers will be required to take a coronavirus test at the terminal before being permitted to enter the vessel.
The cost of this will be covered by the cruise line.
Princess Cruises says the new policy for under 18s came as a result of “ongoing guest feedback”.
However, this does not rule any future amendments to their vaccination policy.
Princess Cruises added: “[The] vaccination and testing policy will be reviewed on a regular basis as the global situation continues to evolve”.
Vaccination and testing rules aren’t the only protocol that the cruise line has implemented to keep guests and crew safe while sailing.
Speaking to Express.co.uk previously, Tony Roberts, vice president of Princess Cruises UK and Europe explained: “We’ve got some enhanced measures in terms of health protocols and things like that.
“We’ve worked closely with Global Medical public health experts and we will be maintaining things like social distancing and where social distancing is not possible we will be asking guests to wear masks.
“There will be enhanced sanitisation measures all around the ship, there’s going to be health screening embarkation and then opportunities for health screening for our crews.”
Though these safety measures are needed now, Mr Roberts acknowledged that the situation could change in the future as more people are jabbed.
“I think lots of things are changing,” continued the Princess Cruises vice president.
“I think there are still several changes probably to come in the next three to four months as well.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and update our policies as and when we see fit.”
The cruise line has holidays on sale right into the future and remains optimistic that the new policies are helping boost customer confidence.
Mr Roberts continued: “All guests that are joining the ship will be will be fully vaccinated before they travel – I think that’s something that, from the feedback, guests said was important to them.”