The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the onboard health protocols for another Royal Caribbean cruise ship to sail.
After completing a test cruise earlier this month, Royal Caribbean announced on Saturday Mariner of the Seas has received its Conditional Sailing Certificate to start cruising.
Mariner of the Seas becomes the latest ship to pass the CDC's stringent requirements in order to obtain permission to sail from the United States.
With the certificate, Mariner of the Seas will be ready to welcome paying passengers onboard for her first sailing from Port Canaveral on August 23.
Latest: Another @RoyalCaribbean ship receives its CDC Conditional Sailing Certificate to start cruising. #MarineroftheSeas has the green light to sail from @PortCanaveral to Perfect Day at CocoCay and Nassau on Monday, Aug. 23 ??️ | More on Mariner: https://t.co/YPDZEwZGq2 pic.twitter.com/O5eMgET9sR— Royal Caribbean PR (@RoyalCaribPR) August 21, 2021
For sailings on Mariner of the Seas from Port Canaveral before September 1, 2021, the cruise line strongly encourages all eligible guests age 12 and up to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before sailing.
All unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11 must undergo 2 more Covid-19 tests at the cruise terminal and prior to disembarking.
Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.
Beginning September 1, 2021, all Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older are required to present proof of Covid-19 vaccination with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. This requirement will remain in effect until further notice.
All crew onboard all ships in the fleet will be fully vaccinated.
Guests who have been vaccinated will have full access to venues onboard, and will not need to wear a face mask at vaccinated-only venues. Here is a list of venues and activities available to vaccinated-only guests, as well as everyone.
Mariner of the Seas will become the 13th ship in the fleet to restart operations, which means exactly half of Royal Caribbean International's fleet is back in operation.
Other ships that have restarted sailings include:
- Quantum of the Seas
- Adventure of the Seas
- Freedom of the Seas
- Anthem of the Seas
- Jewel of the Seas
- Serenade of the Seas
- Odyssey of the Seas
- Allure of the Seas
- Ovation of the Seas
- Symphony of the Seas
- Independence of the Seas
- Harmony of the Seas
Mariner of the Seas will offer 3- and 4-night Bahamas and Perfect Day at CocoCay sailings from Port Canaveral.