Eyewitness News Bahamas has reported that a new emergency order has been passed which bans cruise ships with unvaccinated passengers (12 and older) onboard from entering any port at The Bahamas nor any private islands, which would include Castaway Cay, starting September 3, 2021.


What’s Happening:

  • Eyewitness News Bahamas has reported that The Bahamas has passed an emergency order not allowing cruise ships to port at The Bahamas nor any private islands starting September 3 until November 1, 2021, if passengers 12 and older are not fully vaccinated.
  • Also required is a full passenger manifest disclosing the vaccinations status of all onboard, and health protocols previously submitted to the Competent Authority and approved has been complied with.
  • Sailings from Florida currently allow unvaccinated passengers due to a law prohibiting companies from denying service due to vaccination status.
  • We’ll have to wait to see if any changes will be made for Disney Cruise Line as unvaccinated passengers are allowed onboard at this time.
  • With the new emergency order, Disney Cruise Line possibly cannot port at Castaway Cay which is in The Bahamas if anyone 12 and older onboard is unvaccinated.
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Exceptions to the Emergency Order:

  • Crew, contractors, and any non-revenue passengers of the cruise ship and whatever protocols that were previously agreed to between the Government of The Bahamas and each crew line in relation to crew, contractors, and non-revenue passengers shall remain in effect.
  • A cruise ship attempting to call at a port in an emergency or in other exigent circumstances approved by the Government of The Bahamas.
  • An unvaccinated passenger who is ineligible for the COVID-19 vaccination due to medical contraindications.
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