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Cruise Ship Travel During COVID-19

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CDC’s Temporary Extension & Modification of Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) expires on January 15, 2022 at 12:01 am EST. Cruise lines are encouraged to continue to follow all CDC public health measures, including reporting, testing, and infection prevention and control. More information about CDC’s COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships will be released soon.

CDC has temporarily extended the Framework for Conditional Sailing Order (CSO) through January 15, 2022, with minor modifications. The CSO, as modified, applies only to foreign-flagged cruise ships operating or seeking to operate in U.S. waters. U.S.-flagged cruise ships previously covered by the CSO may continue to participate voluntarily. Passenger operations have now resumed on cruise ships. The CSO as modified aligns with current public health considerations and other factors onboard cruise ships.

As of July 23, 2021, the CSO and accompanying measures, such as technical instructions, are nonbinding recommendations for cruise ships arriving in, located within, or departing from a port in Florida. CDC is continuing to operate the CSO as a voluntary program for such ships that choose to follow the CSO measures voluntarily.alert icon

CDC has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for cruise ship travelers.

The chance of getting COVID-19 on cruise ships is high because the virus spreads easily between people in close quarters aboard ships.

People should avoid traveling on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, regardless of vaccination status. It is especially important that travelers who are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 avoid travel on cruise ships, including river cruises, worldwide, regardless of vaccination status.

People who decide to go on a cruise should get tested 1–3 days before their trip and 3–5 days after their trip, regardless of vaccination status or symptoms.

Bahama Paradise Cruise Line

SAILING PROCEDURES

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM THE PORT OF PALM BEACH ON GRAND CLASSICA

The protocols communicated here apply only to guests departing from the Port of Palm Beach to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. We will continue to update these protocols as public health situations evolve. Booked guests will be provided full details before sailing.

IMPORTANT UPDATE (as of January 6, 2022)

This UPDATED POLICY relates to all sailings on Grand Classica beginning January 7, 2021 until further notice, departing from West Palm Beach for vaccinated guests only.

Due to the current situation, we require all guests to wear masks indoors while at The Port and onboard Grand Classica.

All fully vaccinated guests, 12 years and older, are required to present their original CDC vaccination card at the pier upon embarkation. Photocopies or pictures of vaccination cards will not be accepted. They must also obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test OR PCR) administered by a verified third party or via medically supervised home test (i.e. https://www.emed.com/ or BioReference-Scarlett Concierge,) taken no more than 48 hours prior to sailing. Guests may also bring their at-home tests to the port and a verified third party can administer for a $25 administration fee per test.Guests will be considered fully vaccinated if they have received their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines (or their single dose, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) at least 14 days prior to the cruise.

Guests who are eligible for vaccination (aged 5-11 years), who are fully vaccinated, are required to present their original CDC vaccination card at the pier upon embarkation. Photocopies or pictures of vaccination cards will not be accepted. They must also obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test OR PCR) administered by a verified third party or via medically supervised home test (i.e.https://www.emed.com/ or BioReference-Scarlett Concierge,) taken no more than 48 hours prior to sailing. Guests may also bring their at-home tests to the port and a verified third party can administer for a $25 administration fee per test.

Unvaccinated guests (aged 3-11 years) are required to provide a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours prior to boarding, PLUS take an antigen test at the terminal. The cost of this Antigen test is $75 per person, non-refundable and will be charged to their onboard account. If guests are unable to provide a PCR test, one can be done at the port. The cost of this is $150 per person non-refundable and will be charged to their onboard account.

Children under 2 years do not need to provide negative test results or wear a mask inside the ship.

If guests are unable or unwilling to show proof of vaccination, they will be denied boarding as per the mandate from the Bahamian Government.

For our Cruise and Stay guests or for one-way guests, the same policy applies plus these guests will need to provide a copy of the Bahamas Travel Health Visa before embarkation. If guests are unable to provide a copy of the Travel Health Visa, then guests will be denied boarding as per the mandate from the Bahamian Government.

Bahamian residents and citizens travelling one-way are no longer required to obtain a Bahamian Travel Health Visa. All guests MUST still provide negative test results no more than 48 hours prior to sailing. Failure to do so will result in guests being denied boarding.

The CDC accepts all vaccines authorized by the FDA and the World Health Organization.

The World Health Organization has evaluated that the following vaccines against COVID-19 have met the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy:

  • AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine
  • Johnson and Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BionTech
  • Sinopharm
  • Sinovac

For more information visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html

The Bahamas Entry Requirement:

2-Night Cruise Guests:

For the most updated information about the Bahamas entry requirements please visit: https://www.bahamas.com/travelupdates

Travel Documents Checklist

Passport Books or passport cards are strongly recommended, but not required. Passports must be valid for the day of return. Original or certified US birth certificate with valid US driver’s license are accepted when passports are not available – an enhanced driver’s license, valid, from Michigan, New York, Vermont, Minnesota, and Washington State is also acceptable. COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card OR Negative RT-PCR Test Result to board the ship.

Cruise & Stay Guests

  • Guests without a Bahamas Travel Health Visa will be denied boarding. Bahamian citizens are no longer required to obtain a Bahamas Travel Health Visa.

Leaving from West Palm Beach:

  • All fully vaccinated guests, 12 years and older, will be asked to present their original CDC vaccination card at the pier upon embarkation. Photocopies or pictures of vaccination cards will not be accepted. In addition, all vaccinated guests over 12 years old will need to provide either negative PCR tests OR negative Antigen test results not more than 48 hours before sailings
  • Guests who are eligible for vaccination (aged 5-11 years), who are fully vaccinated, are required to present their original CDC vaccination card at the pier upon embarkation. Photocopies or pictures of vaccination cards will not be accepted. They must also obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test ORPCR), taken no more than 48 hours prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas.

Leaving from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island:

  • Returning Vaccinated Guests (they must show proof of vaccine) will be required to take another COVID-19 Antigen test. Guests can contact the front desk of their resort to arrange for the Antigen test. Some resorts have this available on site. This can be no more than 48 hours prior to boarding.
  • PLEASE NOTE: While the cruise line will try it best to process the tests, it is the guest’s absolute responsibility to obtain the Bahamian Travel Health Visa. Guests will be denied access to the terminal and denied boarding if they are not in possession of the Travel Health Visa by the time the ship sails. It is therefore highly recommended that guests are in possession of the Travel Health Visa before sailing as there is NO GUARANTEE that a Health Visa will be processed in time to travel.

ONE-WAY

  • ALL One-Way guests (excluding Bahamian residents and citizens), require the Bahamas Travel Health Visa. Please visit https://travel.gov.bs/ for application details.
  • Foreign guests without a Bahamas Travel health Visa will be denied boarding.

Leaving from West Palm Beach

  • All fully vaccinated guests, 12 years and older, will be asked to present their original CDC vaccination card at the pier upon embarkation. Photocopies or pictures of vaccination cards will not be accepted. In addition, all vaccinated guests over 12 years old will need to provide either negative PCR tests OR negative Antigen test results not more than 48 hours before sailings
  • Guests who are eligible for vaccination (aged 5-11 years), who are fully vaccinated, are required to present their original CDC vaccination card at the pier upon embarkation. Photocopies or pictures of vaccination cards will not be accepted. They must also obtain a negative COVID-19 test (either a Rapid Antigen Test ORPCR), taken no more than 48 hours prior to the date of arrival in The Bahamas.

Leaving from Freeport, Grand Bahama Island

All guests traveling one way MUST be fully vaccinated and must show proof of vaccine. Guests will be required to provide a negative Antigen test no more than 48 hours prior to sailing. To register for your test in Grand Bahama Island please visit https://www.doctorshosp.com/covid-testing

Cruise Ready Recap:

Boarding Day:
  • We’ve designed an enhanced, staggered check-in and embarkation to streamline the process at the terminal. Guests who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and guests who arrive late will need to wait until we can work them into another group.
  • Remember you need to wear your face-covering at the terminal from valet parking to embarkation.

Onboard the Ship:

As we return to the sea, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line is sailing with fewer guests on board, letting you ease back into your getaway.

Dining

As all dining venues will offer socially distanced seating; it is strongly encouraged that you make reservations in advance for your onboard dining. You can reserve a table at our specialty dining venues before your cruise by emailing service@cruisebp.com or at the terminal before boarding.

Entertainment

All entertainment venues will offer socially distanced seating.

Shore Excursions

Be sure to check out our selection of shore excursions — we’ve worked closely with local tour operators to align our health protocols and guidance. You can reserve your shore excursion by calling (800) 374-4363 or at the terminal before boarding.

Local Regulations

When going into port, you must observe all local mask and physical distancing regulations that are in place. During onshore excursions, your local guide will let you know when a mask is needed. Please visit for the most updated information.

Before booking, please consult all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel, at cdc.gov/travel/notices. If a certain threshold level of COVID-19 is detected onboard the ship during your voyage, the voyage will end immediately, the ship will return to the port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted and/or delayed. Due to evolving health protocols, imagery and messaging may not accurately reflect onboard and destination experiences, offerings, features, or itineraries.

“IT’S A GOOD VALUE AND VALUE WAS THE TALK OF THE SHIP, ONBOARD AND OFF.”

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