Royal Dropping Testing for Vaxxed on Cruises 5 nights or shorter

tinkattitude!

DIS Veteran
Joined
Jan 25, 2003
that's good news - while I had hoped they'd drop it altogether, small steps are better than no steps. We have a 7 night RCCL booked for Thanksgiving week so by the sounds of it we'll probably not have to test for that one . Looks like we may not be so lucky for our 10/1 DCL Fantasy though, which stresses me more because fly for that one (as opposed to driving to port for the November one).
 

Disney mac

Mouseketeer
Joined
May 11, 2016
We went on an 8 night cruise on Royal's Mariner back in June. We were one of the few that wore masks inside, except for dinner and when we had a family table at trivia events. And 36 hours after getting off the boat, my son tested positive and then the rest of the family tested positive over the next week from him. On cruisecritic, there were hundreds of other people who also reported testing positive. My advice would be to be careful, but be aware that you will have a decent chance at exposure.
Have fun
 

ladyofthetramp

DIS Veteran
Joined
Apr 3, 2014
I believe I also heard that very serious cases or deaths attributed to covid on cruises is extremely low (I think it was a statement from Virgin). I think as long as this holds, we will begin to see pre-cruise testing being dropped. It will then be up to each person, to weigh their risk in participating in a cruise vacation
 

dcassetta

DIS Veteran
Joined
Sep 24, 2006
I believe I also heard that very serious cases or deaths attributed to covid on cruises is extremely low (I think it was a statement from Virgin). I think as long as this holds, we will begin to see pre-cruise testing being dropped. It will then be up to each person, to weigh their risk in participating in a cruise vacation
I think this is true. As the cruises require most everyone to be vaccinated, the chances of serious illness are low. I could see testing going away before vaccination requirements.
 

Mango7100

DIS Veteran
Joined
Mar 13, 2019
Testing 2-3 days before really does nothing and is not really any benefit. You can test positive on Thursday, and then board on Saturday and be infectious. Even testing the day of misses alot. I can see most cruises dropping testing but keeping vaccine requirements because of not wanting to deal with serous medical cases on board.
 

HeatherLassell

DIS Veteran
Joined
Aug 17, 2011
I think it’s a combination of this, and that if you test positive on board it’s their problem (they have to provide onboard care and they’ve chosen to give a partial refund) while if you test positive at home they don’t really have any reason to care.
That's where my thoughts went also.
 

mousefan73

Germans are faster at dubbing
Joined
May 9, 2012
It’s very simple. Those that catch Covid on board or board infected but show no symptoms lost likely will be off the ship by time if/ any major symptoms show up. Have symptoms increases spread and chances of being tested and asked to quarantine adding additional stress on ship resources.
 

dreamer17555

DIS Veteran
Joined
Dec 17, 2007
I understand the idea is of you catch COVID on the ship you should be off before it is their problem but this assumes no one is willing to board already in the midst of a covid infection and thinking they are through the worst of it when in reality it can get much worse quickly. You can easily mask early symptoms with a DayQuil if someone simply doesn’t care about being honest.

One day it was a bad cold for our family- next day 104 fevers and we are all vaccinated and boosted.
 

Kwami

DIS Veteran
Joined
Aug 30, 2021
I understand the idea is of you catch COVID on the ship you should be off before it is their problem but this assumes no one is willing to board already in the midst of a covid infection and thinking they are through the worst of it when in reality it can get much worse quickly. You can easily mask early symptoms with a DayQuil if someone simply doesn’t care about being honest.

One day it was a bad cold for our family- next day 104 fevers and we are all vaccinated and boosted.
It's about minimizing RCCL's risk while maximizing their profit. They might get a few more cases to handle with the new testing scheme, but they'll probably get more paying customers, too. The safety of their guests is apparently not the priority. I don't mean to single out RCCL with that statement, either. The fact that every cruise line is using antigen tests 2-3 days before sailing shows that the other lines are also prioritizing convenience and profits over safety. It'll be up to the customers to decide whether that's OK.
 

n2mm

aka WALTSGIRL
Joined
Oct 9, 2000
Sounds like a lot of good reasons. Get on a short cruise, pass the virus around, but we want you all off before you get too sick and impact our resources. I don’t take short cruises, so watching what is coming on the horizon.
 

coast2coastmickey

Mouseketeer
Joined
Apr 13, 2018
It's about minimizing RCCL's risk while maximizing their profit. They might get a few more cases to handle with the new testing scheme, but they'll probably get more paying customers, too. The safety of their guests is apparently not the priority. I don't mean to single out RCCL with that statement, either. The fact that every cruise line is using antigen tests 2-3 days before sailing shows that the other lines are also prioritizing convenience and profits over safety. It'll be up to the customers to decide whether that's OK.

As it should be.
 



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