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Norwegian Cruise Line Mask Requirement

(WJW) — You may not have to wear a mask on your next cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line is making a major change to its mask policy starting March 1. From now on, everyone on board the ship is required to wear a mask indoors in public places (unless eating, drinking or sitting at a dining table).

From early March, as everyone 5 and older must be vaccinated against COVID-19, masks will no longer be required, the cruise line said.

However, the company still leaves the decision to wear a mask to each guest.

“We recognize the additional protections provided when wearing a covering mask and recommend that all passengers do so on board when indoors, except when actively eating or drinking, or seated at a table in dining room, or when they are in their cabin,” said Norwegian said in a statement.

This relaxed guideline does not apply to European cruises as local governments still require masks there.

Norwegian isn’t the only cruise line soon to relax some masking rules.

Royal Caribbean is will allow people be without a mask in designated indoor spaces for those who are vaccinated from February 14. Carnival Cruise Line, on the other hand, keep demanding masks inside for all.

Cruise lines have been hit hard during the pandemic, with each now putting several health guidelines in place in order to operate properly.