Windstar is ending its Covid-19 vaccination requirement

Windstar Cruises will do away with its Covid-19 vaccine requirement on June 1.

Crew members will continue to be required to be vaccinated and will be tested upon their first arrival to work, during their first week on the ship and as needed, according to the line. 

While vaccination is no longer required, Windstar recommends guests stay up to date on their vaccinations. Diagnostic tests will continue to be available on board. 

Although Covid vaccination or testing requirements are required in some destinations like Australia and Japan, Windstar is one of a dwindling number of cruise lines that have kept pandemic-era requirements in place after the CDC allowed them to relax their regulations last summer. 

The following are lines that currently require proof of vaccination or Covid testing on most or all sailings: 

• Aurora Expeditions requires guests to provide proof of vacation and an additional booster where eligible. The line also requires proof of a negative Covid-19 test. 

• Carnival Cruise Line dropped vaccination and testing requirements on most voyages, but guests on sailings stretching at least 16 days may be required to present proof of vaccination, including a booster, if more than six months have passed since the last dose of their initial vaccine shots. Guests may also be required to present negative results of a Covid-19 test. 

• Most of Cunard Line’s sailings through May require vaccination or testing requirements, or occasionally both. The line said it intends to remove those regulations, but noted that sailings with longer itineraries, including sailing to Australia and Japan, include the additional requirements. 

• Lindblad Expeditions requires guests to be fully vaccinated but does not require booster shots.  

• Ponant requires guests at least 16 years old to be fully vaccinated. 

• Paul Gauguin Cruises has maintained its vaccination requirement for all guests. Guests must provide proof of full vaccination and fill out a health questionnaire.

• Viking requires that all guests be fully vaccinated against Covid at least 14 days before travel. 

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