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Cruise lines will likely require vaccination: Travel Leaders' Lovell

'Mandating vaccines, in my opinion, does open up cruising much faster,' John Lovell said
So far, just a handful of cruise lines are mandating COVID-19 vaccination but all are closely watching the rollout.

'My gut tells me it'll probably be a requirement in late 2021 and beyond,' John Lovell, president of Travel Leaders Group, said Tuesday during an Internova Travel Group briefing.

'Mandating vaccines, in my opinion, does open up cruising much faster, especially as it relates to going into foreign ports,' Lovell said.

Those in so far

Those who've announced vaccination mandates as part of their restart include Saga Cruises (passengers only), sister brands American Queen Steamboat Co. and Victory Cruise Lines (passengers and crew, for sailings starting July 1) and Crystal (passengers initially).

Both Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Group have expressed their intention crew will be vaccinated.

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