Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett
A number of cruise operators are dropping their COVID-19 vaccination requirement for passengers.
Carnival Cruises has announced that, as of September 6, guests not vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer need to apply for an exemption in order to sail.
That directive does not include trips in Australia or trips that are 16 or more nights.
Princess Cruises will also remove its vaccination mandate on September 6 with similar parameters.
Royal Caribbean has confirmed that, as of September 5, it will "welcome all travelers as long as testing requirements are met".
The move is expected to encourage an up-tick in cruise passengers, as the sector seeks to push recovery from billions of dollars in losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions.
This development has been welcomed by Jamaica's tourism authorities.
Tourism Minister Ed. Bartlett believes the removal of the vaccine requirement by cruise lines bodes well Jamaica and its cruise passenger recovery.