Star Clippers Lifts COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Passengers

Star Clippers has updated its health and safety protocols with regard to the prevention of COVID-19 for its fleet of tall clipper ships. The new protocols are based on recommendations from global government and health authorities.

Effective at the start of the winter Caribbean and Central American sailing season, Star Clippers will no longer require passengers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Non-vaccinated passengers will need to present a negative antigen test, performed within 48 hours of embarkation, or a negative RT-PCR test, performed within 72 hours of embarkation. The test must be administered by an authorized party and home tests will not be accepted.

Passengers who are fully vaccinated with at least all COVID-19 primary series vaccine doses will not be required to present a negative antigen or PCR test upon embarkation. Star Clippers will require proof by way of the original vaccination documents issued by the relevant country’s health authority.

The new policy is issued in conjunction with continued advanced hygiene protocols onboard including regular disinfecting of public areas, use of air purifiers and ongoing training of crew and staff for symptom detection and response.

The new policy is in effect on Royal Clipper since November 5, 2022; Star Clipper since November 19, 2022; and Star Flyer, beginning November 26, 2022.

Star Clippers offers tall ship cruises to remote ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. The company operates three sailing vessels: Star Clipper and Star Flyer are traditional clipper ships with modern amenities carrying 170 guests, while the 227-guest Royal Clipper holds the Guinness World Record for being the largest and only five-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in service today. All three ships have large teak decks, swimming pools, informal dining, convivial tropical bars on deck and piano lounges.

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