Celebrity Cruises will require Covid-19 vaccination for kids 5 and older

Celebrity Cruises became the second cruise line to require that children age 5 and older are fully vaccinated in order to sail, effective on cruises departing Feb. 1 and after. 

Children between 2 and 4 years old will be required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result prior to boarding. 

Disney Cruise Line became the first cruise line to lower its vaccine mandate to age 5 and older, on sailings departing on or after Jan. 13, following the CDC’s Nov. 2 approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for children 5 to 11 years old.

On the other major cruise lines that allow unvaccinated children to sail, including Celebrity’s sister brand Royal Caribbean International and MSC Cruises, children 11 and under are able to board with a negative Covid test. 

Celebrity, like Carnival Cruise Line, was already letting very few unvaccinated children sail on its ships in order to maintain a 95% vaccination rate on its vessels. 

Brands including Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises already effectively require that children 5 to 11 be vaccinated, because they require vaccinations of all passengers, with no exceptions for children under 5.

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