NCL ditches face masks, on some cruises

NCL face mask policy
By Linsey McNeill
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Norwegian Cruise Lines has become one of the first major operators to announce an end to face masks for passengers, but only on cruises from the US.

From 1 March, the cruise line says passengers on cruises from US ports can choose whether to wear a mask.

Until March, masks mandatory inside on all NCL cruises unless ‘actively’ eating or drinking or seated at a dining table, or inside cabins. Masks are also required outdoors in crowded areas.

Most other major cruise lines have adopted a similar policy, especially since the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 late last year.

However, NCL said in an update to its FAQs that, from 1 March, masks on US cruises will no longer be mandatory for guests.

While the cruise line recommends guests continue to wear masks indoors and outside where social distancing isn’t possible after 28 February, it said: “The decision to wear a mask covering when onboard is at the discretion of each guest.”

In Europe, local government regulations continue to require all guests to wear masks onboard cruise ships while indoors except for when actively eating or drinking or when in their stateroom, according to NCL.

“Guests will be required to wear masks outdoors when social distancing is not possible,” it added.

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