This article originally appeared on Travelandleisure.com.
As cruises are finally starting to hit the high seas after a difficult year filled with cancellations and question marks, many are requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to board.
Several cruise lines, like Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, have planned summer, sailings in the Caribbean and Europe, taking advantage of the vaccine rollout to give guests peace of mind as well as plan cruises to destinations that require the jab, like Iceland.
The move is also in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that both passengers and crew be vaccinated before boarding a ship.
“What we’re hearing from our cruisers is that a wide majority — 86% — will cruise if vaccine requirements are in place,” editor-in-chief of Cruise Critic, Colleen McDaniel, told Travel + Leisure, calling the decision by major lines to mandate the jab “pretty significant.”
“And of our readers who have already been vaccinated, most say that their vaccine makes them even more likely to take a cruise — and they’re ready to travel in the very near future,” she added…