Health and safety of our community, employees, and passengers is paramount. We are actively working to coordinate components of a Healthy Cruise program, which includes:
Continuing health and safety measures in our own facilities to encourage physical distancing between parties, reduce congestion and contact, and improve air flow
Ensuring transparency with our community by appearing at community organizations, hosting cruise related webinars to take community questions, and working closely with community and industry leaders
Facilitating communication between local health authorities and the cruise lines to offer vaccinations and boosters for cruise ship crew. Coordination with response resources and community and industry leaders.
We are working with cruise lines, the Washington State Department of Health, and Public Health Seattle-King County on 2022 Port Agreements, which outline protocols that protect public safety during cruise operations. These agreements include measures that prevent the spread of COVID, as well as outline the response in the event a COVID positive case. Cruise lines will have plans in place with local providers for both treatment and quarantining passengers and crew, if necessary. Agreements will include protocols related vaccination, testing, masking and physical distancing guidelines.
CDC recommends that all eligible port personnel and travelers (passengers and crew) get a COVID-19 preliminary vaccine and booster when eligible.
In February 2022 CDC published a voluntary COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships which provides guidance on Cruise Ship Vaccination Status Classifications, COVID-19 Response and Surveillance Plans, Port Agreements and Screening Testing, Isolation and Quarantine. Details can be found on the CDC website. Check with your cruise line on specific requirements.
Cruise lines continue vaccinating crew with The Port of Seattle continuing to offer support and resources for pre-season vaccinations in our harbor.
Fully vaccinated Port personnel and travelers are still subject to all of the requirements of CDC’s Order requiring wearing of masks while entering, traveling within or leaving the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs (see maritime-specific Frequently Asked Questions).
Please check with your cruise line for specifics on requirements for embarkation and updated policies.
In order to opt-in to the CDC program, cruise lines must submit agreements with Port and Local Health Authorities. The CDC’s Technical Instructions to cruise lines for these agreements includes the following:
Port operations component
Medical care plan
Housing component Emergency response plans for various scenarios
Procedures and training of land-based staff who are expected to interact with travelers
Cleaning and operating procedures for land-based activities where travelers are expected to gather
Components covering vaccinations, medical care, and housing
We continue to work with the cruise lines and public health officials on port agreements to ensure safety and health measures are in place and that visitors and community have confidence in those measures.
The Port of Seattle, the terminal manager, and the cruise lines have been working closely with local health officials to ensure the safety measures and enhanced sanitation programs put into place at our terminals in 2021 are reinstated and enhanced if needed.
Check with your cruise line for specific requirements around check-in procedures. In the terminal, the Port has installed touchless fixtures in the restrooms, water bottle filling stations, barriers to limit face-to-face contact, and physical distancing signage to limit crowding and contact.
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