Royal Caribbean International is taking a page from the airlines and implementing a COVID passport for all passengers and crew on their next sailing in the Caribbean in June. But here’s the kicker: all passengers and staff must be vaccinated before entering the vessel.
Unlike airlines that require passengers to get either vaccination or at least have a negative COVID-19 test, Royal Caribbean’s June sail from Nassau, in the Bahamas, requires all adults to be vaccinated before entering the vessel. However, there’s an exception, children under the age of 18 with a negative COVID-19 test are allowed to board.
The good news for Americans seeking the vaccine, President Joe Biden stated last week he wants vaccines available to all Americans by May 1.
Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, who was quoted by USA Today, said the cruise liner is excited to finally have a vessel sail in the Caribbean “gradually and safely.”
“The vaccines are clearly a game-changer for all of us, and with the number of vaccinations and their impact growing rapidly, we believe starting with cruises for vaccinated adult guests and crew is the right choice,” Bayley said.
Royal Caribbean also announced its sister line, Celebrity Cruises, will begin sailing on June 5. The Celebrity Millennium will sail from St. Maarten on a week cruise with vaccinated crew and passengers, except passengers under 18 must have a negative test.
“Returning to the Caribbean … marks the measured beginning of the end of what has been a uniquely challenging time for everyone,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, CEO of Celebrity Cruises, a division of Royal Caribbean, who Reuters quoted.
From airlines to cruise ships, a ‘new normal,’ or rather a dystopic future of COVID passports, something “conspiracy theorists” warned about is turning into a conspiracy fact. This overreaching system of control by corporations and governments is becoming a reality that will likely stay in places for years to come.
It comes as no surprise as billionaire and top vaccine pusher Bill Gates, for the last eleven months, has been one of the most prominent figures discussing health passports.
Since the early days of the pandemic (read: here & here & here), we’ve discussed “COVID passports,” “immunity passports,” or at least mentioned those who don’t get tested for the virus or vaccinated could face travel restrictions.
We believe COVID passports of health passes could be required elsewhere, such as concerts, sports games, and even public transportation.
Former Prime Minister and globalist Tony Blair recently said the “world is moving in this direction,” adding that he couldn’t see another way of this,” while referring to immunity passports.
Blair has previously said that vaccine passports are inevitable and that “It’s going to be a new world altogether.”
Will COVID passports revive the crippled cruise line industry? Well, it’s hard to tell at this point – however, we can point to an explosive growth in RV sales by Americans who more than likely financed one of these recreational vehicles and are unlikely to spend money on a cruise anytime soon.
Source: Zero Hedge