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Nov. 1 update: Ruby Princess resumes, Viking in St. Thomas, World Dream vaccine mandate in Singapore, Southern Cone opens

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Ruby Princess sails under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge
Here's a quick read of some of today’s coronavirus-recovery cruise news. This will be updated throughout the day.

Argentina, Chile, Uruguay open to all nationalities

Today, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay are opening their borders to all international travelers. 

The three countries require full vaccination for adults, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travel, the completion of a health affidavit and travel medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage.

Country specifics are here: Argentina, Chile, Uruguay.

Ruby is sixth Princess ship to resume service

San Francisco’s hometown cruise ship, Ruby Princess, became Princess Cruises’ sixth vessel back in service, embarking Sunday on a weeklong California coast journey.

Ruby Princess will be sailing from San Francisco to destinations including Mexico, Hawaii, the California coast, Alaska and the Panama Canal on five- to 15-day cruises through 2023.

Earlier this month Majestic Princess arrived at San Francisco for an overnight call, marking the first cruise ship to carry passengers to the city since the industry shutdown.

'For over 50 years Princess Cruises has sailed from the Port of San Francisco connecting our local merchants, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 and our iconic city to communities all around the world,' said Elaine Forbes, executive director of the Port of San Francisco.

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Viking Orion called during 15-day 'West Indies Treasures' cruise

Viking at US Virgin Islands

Viking Orion called St. Thomas on Sunday as the US Virgin Islands' cruise recovery continues. The ship docked at the West Indian Company Ltd. port as part of its 15-day 'West Indies Treasures' cruise.

'It is a pleasure to welcome Viking Orion to the US Virgin Islands,' WICO President & CEO Anthony Ottley said. 'We have a safe, exciting and excellent in-port experience to offer her passengers, and we look forward to a relationship that goes from strength to strength.'

Cruise lines began returning to USVI in July.

'Slowly but surely we will get back to our pre-pandemic numbers, and we’re so grateful to our cruise partners for working with us to help us get there,' USVI Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte said. 'We’re glad to see St. Thomas is still a top destination for cruise passengers, and we look forward to continuing to improve our cruise product.'

The commissioner recently attended Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami, where he spoke of the need for broad collaboration to ensure health and safety protocols are met at each stop on every cruise itinerary. During the event, representatives of the USVI Port Authority and Royal Caribbean Group signed a memorandum of understanding for cruise development at St. Croix and Crown Bay.

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World Dream's vaccination mandate starts Nov. 21 with ages 12 and under exempt

Vaccination mandate for World Dream Singapore cruises

Travelers on Dream Cruises' World Dream from Singapore will need to be fully vaccinated starting Nov. 21. Chldren 12 and under are exempted. 

Besides vaccination, a pre-boarding antigen rapid test will be given at the cruise terminal.

World Dream crew are fully vaccinated.

Dream Cruises President Michael Goh said his company has observed that, since October, close to 99% of World Dream passengers were fully vaccinated.

According to the Ministry of Health Singapore, 84% of the population has completed their full vaccine regimen. Even so, COVID-19 cases have surged in recent days.

Goh said Dream Cruises will 'continue to monitor closely the local situation and explore the additional potential safety measures to be applied in the near future.'

Accepted vaccines are Pfizer-BioNTech, Comirnaty, Moderna, Sinovac-CoronaVac and World Health Organization emergency use listed vaccines such as Sinopharm and AstraZeneca.

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