While COVID-19 hit the cruise industry hard, like all of us, they adapted just as quickly. With a laser-like focus on air quality, testing and mask mandates, cruises sought to transform their ships into floating “bubbles” of healthy precaution. Reduced capacity and port visits added up to be an entirely new way of embarking on a cruise. But, with precedent — and vaccines — comes an entirely new chapter of life.
Getting around isn’t quite as simple as the before-times; “guidance” is the new normal, and it’s different depending on who you ask. As the CDC changes its standards regarding COVID, each cruise line is taking its own stance to ensure the health and safety of their guests. For example: Royal Caribbean’s vaccination requirement, pre-cruise testing and pre-boarding health questionnaire all help ensure minimized risk and maximized peace of mind. Likewise, Princess Cruises precautions check off many of the same boxes — in fact, just about every cruise line has something similar. Safety and comfort are simply industry standards.
It sounds simple, but the pace of change can be shocking. Keeping up to date with the latest guidance from the CDC or each specific cruise line is a frantic undertaking — not to even mention keeping up to date with the ever-evolving policies of the countries whose ports you’re planning to visit. Added up, it’s a full-time job … but it doesn’t need to be your job when planning a vacation.
Travel agents do far more than simply book your trip; they’re your liaison to the entirety of the outside world. Whether it’s COVID guidance, weather reports, new cruise ships or new resorts, you can rest easy knowing your travel professional is hard at work making sure you never have to spend a second worrying about what-ifs. All that’s left for you to do is kick back, relax and let the professionals handle the nitty-gritty of your vacation.