COVID-19 vaccine passports are still in the works and while the vaccine isn’t mandatory, Norwegian Cruise Lines departing from the U.S. this summer will require 100% full vaccination for guests and crew members. 

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruise and Oceania Cruises explained that those who want to hop on a cruise must be vaccinated at least two weeks before the cruise is scheduled to set sail, CEO Frank Del Rio stated in a release. 

"We believe that through a combination of 100% mandatory vaccinations for guests and crew and science-backed public health measures … we can create a safe, ‘bubble-like’ environment for guests and crew," Del Rio’s statement included. 

The cruises will operate at about 60% capacity in the beginning and will increase as the months go by.

The internet is divided on this idea, some thinking it’s a great plan to get cruises back on the water. 

While others aren’t so happy about the news.

July 4 will mark almost a year of no cruises due to the pandemic. 

The lessons learned from the pandemic mean tough restrictions for the cruise industry The lessons learned from the pandemic mean tough restrictions for the cruise industry Photo: AFP / Daniel SLIM