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Windstar Cruises eliminates pre-cruise COVID-19 tests

  • Cruises
  •   08-19-2022  10:12 am
  •   Pax Global Media
Windstar Cruises eliminates pre-cruise COVID-19 tests
Windstar Cruises' Star Pride. (Windstar)
Pax Global Media

Windstar Cruises reports that it has revised its COVID-19 protocols and procedures and will no longer require a pre-cruise COVID-19 test for embarking guests (unless required by one of the countries on the cruise line's current scheduled itineraries). 

These changes will go into effect for cruises departing on or after September 6, 2022.

As part of its Beyond Ordinary Care health and safety program, Windstar will still require all guests to be fully vaccinated and show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

Windstar says the exception to this new testing procedure is that it must follow the local rules and regulations of all the countries it visits and currently Canada, Greece, Australia, and New Zealand (subject to change) still require COVID-19 pre-testing prior to boarding any ship in their respective waters. 

“Safety and wellness are our first concern, and these new procedures will simplify the process of sailing  with us on a fully vaccinated ship,” said Chris Prelog, President. 

In summary: 

  1. All guests must be vaccinated and provide evidence of vaccination status prior to embarkation.  All Windstar crew are fully vaccinated and nearly all crew have received booster shots.  
  2. Pre-cruise testing is no longer required in most countries 
  3. The updated guidelines are subject to the local regulations of applicable homeports and  destinations (presently that includes Canada, Greece, Australia and New Zealand on Windstar  itineraries).

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