Royal Caribbean International has announced it won’t require US passengers to get vaccinated to go on several ships set to sail this summer.
The cruise line said that it would only “strongly” encourage guests to get a COVID-19 shot, despite previously saying that it would be a requirement, the Miami Herald reported.
“Guests are strongly recommended to set sail fully vaccinated, if they are eligible,” the company said in a statement on Friday.
“Those who are unvaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be required to undergo testing and follow other protocols, which will be announced at a later date.”
The new rules were announced as the company said it will resume cruises on six new ships from US ports this summer, starting with Freedom of the Seas from Miami on July 2.
Crew members on the ships will still be fully vaccinated.Getty Images
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