American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines Announce Vaccination Requirement for all Guests and Crew Members
1.Why have you issued mandatory vaccines for guests and overnighting employees?
The health and safety of our guests, crew members and partners is our priority. While we are confident in the measures we have taken for itineraries operating from April through June, the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate will further ensure the wellbeing of the individuals who overnight on our vessels. Additionally, protecting the communities we visit on each itinerary is also a priority as the vaccine requirement will help provide an additional safety measure that we are mandating to safeguard these communities.
2.Will guests and crew members need to have received both doses of the vaccine prior to boarding?
Yes. If the vaccine that guests and/or crew members are administered requires two doses, they will need to have received both doses before embarking.
3.How will you know if guests and crew members have been vaccinated?
While boarding, all guests will be required to present verified documentation of vaccination. Crew members will also be required to present vaccination documentation, either at the time of hiring or boarding a vessel.
4.When will the requirement take place?
The mandatory vaccination requirement will begin on all itineraries starting July 1, 2021 and onward.
5.The timing for the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility varies from state to state. Will guests have access to vaccinations before they cruise?
The majority of our guests represent the 65+ population, who are eligible now or will soon be eligible to receive the vaccination. If a guest is not able to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to their scheduled trip, we will rebook them for a future sailing at no charge.
6.Will remaining health and safety protocols remain after the July 1, 2021 vaccination mandate?
Yes. Protocols will remain in place until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends otherwise. These protocols include, but are not limited to:
•100% testing of guests and crew prior to boarding
•Pre-boarding health questionnaire
•Reduced ship capacity
•Mask requirement in all public spaces where social distancing is not possible
•Public spaces undergo continuous anti-microbial disinfection with medical-grade EPA-approved solutions and anti-viral electrostatic fogging
•Re-invented food & beverage concept to replace self-service buffets
•UVC light added to HVAC
•Crew training on all health and safety preventive measures
•Shore protocols (driver/hotel/concierge)
•On-board licensed nurse
•Reporting (FDA/CDC/local ports)
7.Does the vaccination requirement apply to anyone boarding the vessels?
No. The current requirement applies only to those remaining overnight on the vessel. Although those that may be boarding the vessels and not staying overnight will undergo our mandated health and safety protocols. In addition, all drivers for shoreside excursions will also be vaccinated.
8.How can you be sure that every crew member will be vaccinated before July 1?
Per the CDC recommendations, Phase 1c vaccination rollout includes maritime transportation workers. We have no reason to believe that they will not have access to both doses of the vaccine by that time.
9.With vaccine mandate in place July 1, why sail prior? Isn’t this an added risk?
The health and safety of our guests, crew members and partners is our top priority. While we are confident in the measures we have taken for itineraries operating from April through June, the implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate will further ensure the wellbeing of the individuals who overnight on our vessels.
To date, we have received strong interest for our April through June itineraries from guests who are confident in our current measures. Additionally, a good number of these guests will have had access to the vaccine prior. This, combined with our belief that crew will be vaccinated per the CDC recommendation Phase 1c vaccination rollout includes maritime transportation workers, further ensures our confidence to cruise safely.
10.What is the oversight of the boat by the CDC, FDA, Coast Guard and etc.?
We are working with the CDC, FDA and Coast Guard to ensure ongoing communication and compliance in order to safely resume operations.
11.For guests that have booked a cruise departing from July 1 forward, but do not plan on receiving the vaccine, will their deposit be refunded?
Guests who have booked a cruise for a sailing departing from July 1 forward who have no intention of receiving the vaccine will be fully refunded.
12.Will you require the vaccines (second dose) to be given 14 days in advance of the sail date?
Yes, 14 days after the second does or the single Johnson & Johnson dose, would be required.