Clia member ocean cruise lines have agreed to Covid test all passengers and crew prior to embarkation – with a negative test needed in order to board.
The association said all ships carrying more than 250 guests would be required to carry out the policy, calling testing “a core element" to the global resumption of cruising.
The news follows the publishing on Friday (1 October) of new framework by the UK Chamber of Shipping, which has worked closely with Clia, to provide guidance to cruise brands on how to restart sailings for UK guests in future.
On testing, a Clia statement said: “This is a travel industry first and an example of the cruise industry leading the way. We see testing as an important initial step to a multi-layered approach that we believe validates the industry’s commitment to making health, safety, and the well-being of the passengers, the crew, and the communities we visit our top priority.”