Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise line in the world, said that it would resume trips beginning in July for passengers who have received the full dosage of the coronavirus vaccine. The cruise operator said that on July 25 it would gradually resume cruises on new routes in Greece and the Caribbean.
"All guests sailing aboard cruises with embarkation dates through October 31, 2021, will be required to be fully vaccinated and tested prior to boarding our ships," the company's chief executive said.
Norwegian said that it would have "medical-grade air filtration" on board as well as sanitation measures and "enhanced" medical resources.
US president Joe Biden said that all adults in the US would be eligible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus by April 19, moving ahead of an original deadline of May 1. Biden said that by April 19, all adults will be able to sign up and get in a virtual line to get vaccinated.
Biden said that Americans should not be scared of the mutations of the coronavirus. He said that while the new strains were more virulent and dangerous, the vaccines would work on "all of them."
The US said that it wouldn't back any system that would require Americans to show that they have been vaccinated. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, said that there would be "no federal vaccinations database and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential."
Psaki said that the US government wants to protect the privacy and rights of Americans — signaling that the nation would not opt for a vaccine passport in the future. A form of vaccine passport is currently available in New York — which is a limited partnership of New York state with a private company.