NCLH removes pre-cruise testing requirement

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has scrapped its requirement for passengers to complete a pre-cruise Covid-19 test unless required by local regulations.

The company – which operates Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises – said the new policy comes into effect on August 1.

It outlined how testing will still be required for voyages departing destinations such as US, Canada, Greece and Bermuda.

NCLH said: “The relaxation of the testing policy is in line with the rest of the travel, leisure and hospitality industry worldwide as society continues to adapt and return to a state of normalcy.

“The company continues to strongly recommend all guests be up to date on vaccination protocols and test at their convenience prior to travel.”

NCLH’s 28-ship fleet has about 60,000 berths and by 2028, the firm will launch a further nine ships across the three brands, comprising about 24,000 additional berths.

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