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Unvaccinated Florida cruise guests must secure travel insurance: Royal Carribean

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Jun 30, 2021 - 07:07 AM

MAYORS AND CITIES — Royal Carribean said unvaccinated cruisers booked from August 1 through December 31 this year must get travel insurance, as it unveiled its new policy on Florida sailings.

Particularly, guests who are not yet protected by the COVID-19 vaccine must secure a medical expense and evacuation insurance that covers a positive case, according to the company’s official statement.

“For cruises departing from Florida homeports from August 1 through December 31, 2021, as a condition of boarding, each unvaccinated guest 12 and older must provide proof of a valid insurance policy that has a minimum of (a) $25,000 per person in medical expense coverage and (b) $50,000 per person for quarantine and medical evacuation related to a positive COVID-19 test result,” the company said in a message it disseminated to guests through email.

The policy change will become the company’s solution to assure it remains free from the virus, as Florida local laws prevent them from mandating cruisers to get vaccinated.

The state has approved a law that bans educational institutions, businesses, and government agencies from requiring the public to present proof that they were vaccinated before entering their premises.

Earlier this month, the company also announced that it will charge additional costs for unvaccinated guests in cruises from Florida.

“Those who are unvaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be required to undergo testing, be responsible for any expenses incurred and follow other protocols,” it said, expounding on later releases that guests aged 12 and older will be charged $136 USD per head on sailings of six nights or less, and $178 USD per head on sailings of seven nights or more.

The company will cover the testing costs for those aged 2 to 11.

“Royal Caribbean strongly recommends its passengers get fully vaccinated before their cruise, if they are eligible,” it added.

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