Photo: Young woman getting vaccinated against COVID-19. (photo via iStock/Getty Images E+/Geber86)
While not required in every case as states like Florida and Texas have pushed back on "vaccine passports" for cruise passengers, most cruise lines are requiring staff and crew to be fully inoculated against the coronavirus. Travelers who have been fully vaccinated will give themselves many more options, of course, and will undoubtedly have an easier time once onboard as they'll be able to remove their face masks and have more freedom exploring the ship and various ports of call. Unvaccinated individuals who are permitted to sail are likely to encounter mask, social distancing and COVID-19 testing requirements. Being vaccinated will also mean faster and cheaper pre-boarding testing in many cases. Children who are too young to receive the vaccine may be allowed to sail in some cases if they test negative for COVID-19 prior to embarkation.