With an apparent impasse between Florida, whose law, recently passed, makes it a $5000-per-passenger crime to ask anyone if they've been vaccinated and a cruise industry that's anxious to sail but needs CDC safety signoffs, some unusual solutions are in the works.
The first, announced by Celebrity and its parent, Royal Caribbean, appear designed to give unvaccinated passengers a big incentive to go get their shots. The two lines have announced rules for unvaccinated passengers, and it says they will apply to vaccinated passengers who don't voluntarily show their proof.
- Among the restrictions:
They will be restricted to a fixed dining time and seated in a restricted section of the dining room.
- Some activities and venues on the ship will be off-limits
- Theater shows will be limited for unvaccinated
- Masks will be required at all times except while actually eating or drinking
- Only ship-organized shore visits will be permitted.
- Additional testing will be required (costing $178)
Unvaccinated passengers will have their onboard access cards marked with a punch to control access to restricted areas. The line is willing to cancel for a full refund if passengers object to the rules.