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Cruise Healthy FAQs

What steps are you taking to protect local residents?

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. 

Are vaccinations required for cruise passengers?

CDC recommends that all eligible port personnel and travelers (passengers and crew) get a COVID-19 preliminary vaccine and booster when eligible.  

Check with your cruise line on specific requirements. 

What about vaccinating crew?

Cruise lines continue vaccinating crew with The Port of Seattle continuing to offer support and resources for pre-season vaccinations in our harbor. 

 

Do I need a COVID test?

Please check with your cruise line for specifics on requirements for embarkation and updated policies.

What will be included in the Port Agreements?

Cruise lines submitted agreements with Port and Local Health Authorities. These agreements include 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.   

What changes can we expect this year in the cruise terminal?

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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