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UPDATE 2-Royal Caribbean asks unvaccinated company to get travel insurance for Florida cruises

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June 29 (Reuters) – Royal Caribbean Global claimed on Tuesday it would have to have unvaccinated guests around 12 a long time of age traveling from Florida to show proof of insurance policy that addresses COVID-19 linked medical expenditures, quarantine and evacuation. 

The new plan comes soon after two unvaccinated young adults tested constructive on its Experience of the Seas ship previous 7 days and two others ended up contaminated on Celebrity Millennium previously this thirty day period. Celebrity experienced explained it would bear fees for the two instances. 

Sailings on its new ship, Odyssey Of The Seas, was also postponed following crew associates experienced examined constructive. 

In Florida, the governing administration bars businesses from demanding to show evidence of vaccines, building it challenging for cruise operators which, as for every U.S. health and fitness regulators’ orders, have to have to show a vast majority of its travellers and crew are vaccinated ahead of location sail. 

The insurance plan plan need to have a minimal of $25,000 for every individual for health care costs and $50,000 for every human being in vacation expenses, Royal Caribbean mentioned. 

Evidence of vacation insurance is a issue of boarding and should be revealed at look at in, the firm reported. The variations utilize to excursions from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. 

The cruise operator’s parent Royal Caribbean Group restarted sailing from U.S. ports and has a slew of outings prepared right after much more than a calendar year of anchoring ships. 

On Tuesday, Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas received a eco-friendly sign from the U.S. Facilities for Disease Handle and Prevention, earning it the cruise line’s initially ship to resume sailing from the United States. 

Any unvaccinated visitors, predominantly small children, will be issue to more testing and specific health and fitness protocols, the cruise line’s chief executive officer, Michael Bayley, wrote on social media. 

The ship, which done a simulated voyage before this thirty day period, will established sail on July 2 to the Bahamas with a fully vaccinated crew. (Reporting by Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru Modifying by Maju Samuel)