Royal Caribbean International said Tuesday that it will require all guests over the age of 16, traveling from U.S. ports, except those in Florida, to be fully vaccinated.
Travelers aboard ships leaving from Florida ports are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated, but not required to be. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order preventing businesses from asking customers whether they have been vaccinated for Covid-19 or not, preventing the cruise industry from mandating proof of vaccination.
However, the company said Tuesday that passengers leaving from Florida ports from Aug. 1 to Dec. 31 who are not vaccinated will be required to have travel insurance. The policies must cover all unvaccinated guests over the age of 12 with at least $25,000 per person in medical expense coverage and $50,000 per person for quarantine and medical evacuation related to a positive Covid-19 test result. The guests will also be required to pay for Covid-19 testing.