For ships to be allowed to enter the Bahamas port, all cruise passengers must have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by Sept. 12.
This order also includes private islands owned by cruise lines in the Bahamas. Each major cruise line from the U.S., Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean Group and MSC Cruises, calls at a private Bahamas location.
The emergency order was issued by Hubert Minnis, the Bahamas prime minister, on August 19. This restriction remains in effect until Nov. 1.
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The captain of the ship will need to provide a manifest indicating the current vaccination status for all passengers before they arrive in port.
MSC Cruises responded to the order by stating that unvaccinated passengers on a cruise departing Florida between Sept. 3rd and Oct. 31 will not be permitted to sail. They will be eligible for a full reimbursement.
Royal Caribbean International stated earlier this month that cruise ships would not be allowed to enter the U.S Virgin Islands unless all passengers are vaccinated.