Royal Caribbean International announced on June 29 that it will require unvaccinated guests over the age of 12 traveling from Florida to show proof of insurance covering medical expenses related to Covid-19, quarantine and evacuation.
The new policy comes after two unvaccinated teens tested positive on their Adventure of the Seas ship last week and two others became infected on Celebrity Millennium earlier this month. Celebrity had announced that it would bear the costs of both cases.
Trips on his new ship, Odyssey Of The Seas, were also postponed after crew members tested positive.
In Florida, the government prohibits companies from requiring that they show proof of vaccinations, making it difficult for cruise operators to keep crew and guests completely safe on their cruises.
According to the announcement of the cruise company, the insurance policy must have a minimum of $ 25,000 per person for medical expenses and $ 50,000 per person for travel expenses.
Proof of travel insurance is a condition of boarding and must be shown at check-in. The changes will begin to apply to travel from August 1 to December 31.
Any unvaccinated guests, primarily children, will be subject to additional testing and specific health protocols, Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley wrote on his social media.
The ship, which completed a simulated voyage earlier this month, will set sail July 2 for the Bahamas with a fully vaccinated crew.