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Question... we are scheduled on the August 5, 2021 sailing on Symphony.
I am confused regarding testing requirements for this cruise.

We have been fully vaccinated.

We are flying on August 5th and taxiing to the ship directly from the airport. 
When and what tests  are required for arriving in Antigua and boarding ship?

Too much confusing information out there.
sheila

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Sheila,

 

If you asked me on Friday morning I would have said you need a COVID PCR test taken no earlier than three days before your August 5 sailing or if you are staying at a Crystal Pre-Cruise Hotel you could add a day for each night you are staying there.  

 

And you would be given a COVID-19 quick test at the pier where you embark.

 

Then the CDC issued a new update Friday night on testing.

 

This "could" change the testing requirements so let's see what happens.

 

It can't hurt to determine if the COVID 19 PCR test is still required where you would get it in terms of a quick turn around so you have a game plan but let's see if any of this changes.

 

Keith

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Thanks Keith

This is tough. Impossible to get a 48 hour turnaround for a PCR test before we fly out of Miami to Antigua? 
We may wind up canceling because of this problem.

Help!

sheila

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On April 27th, it seems that the required PCR test was to be done no earlier than 7 days before arrival. 
When did it change to 3 days?
Where can I locate the latest information?

sheila

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12 minutes ago, Bellaggio Cruisers said:

On April 27th, it seems that the required PCR test was to be done no earlier than 7 days before arrival. 
When did it change to 3 days?
Where can I locate the latest information?

sheila

Never been seven days.

 

When it was required for a visa it was five days from arrival.

 

If you booked through at TA, your TA received notification today.


This is from the Crystal web site.

 

Keith

 

  • New for 4.2 is guidance for timing of PCR test before guest leaves for first date of Crystal service: Guests will be required to obtain a negative PCR test within three days* of leaving for first date of Crystal service. Guests will be responsible for costs incurred with this test. Guests should also visit the destinations’ website for further details on their health and safety protocols and requirements including the timing of their testing requirements if any. 

    *The day the test is taken is considered Day 0. For example, if a test is taken on a Monday, travel to first date of Crystal service (including Crystal pre-hotel stay) must be completed by the Thursday of that week in order for the test to be valid.
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35 minutes ago, Bellaggio Cruisers said:

Thanks Keith

This is tough. Impossible to get a 48 hour turnaround for a PCR test before we fly out of Miami to Antigua? 
We may wind up canceling because of this problem.

Help!

sheila

Sheila,

 

Google PCR Covid-19 tests for business travel.

 

You might find ones that do them in 24 hours.

 

Keith

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Sheila,

 

Check with your local Walgreen's Pharmacy.  I had a PCR test done (before we flew to Washington, DC in late March) at one of their drive-through sites in Central Florida and had the results back in less than 48 hours.

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Keith...

I spoke with Crystal... we checked 4.2 and could find nothing regarding your posting regarding entry to Antigua testing. 
 

I just copied this from Travel Weekly dated May 16, 2021..
 

Antigua and Barbuda: Open to U.S. travelers. U.S. travelers must submit proof of a negative PCR test taken seven days before boarding and complete the Traveler Accommodation form upon arrival in Antigua. Visitors who complete a successful screening (temperature check) by health officials are not required to quarantine once booked at a certified accommodations (at least 160 hotels and villa properties are certified) and can participate in certified tours/activities, including destination weddings, dining out and certain land and sea activities. 
 

Keith...Please note.....Additionally, the testing requirement to return to the US... is for no more than three days before returning. 
 

Does anyone have better information?

sheila

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2 minutes ago, loriva said:

Sheila,

 

Check with your local Walgreen's Pharmacy.  I had a PCR test done (before we flew to Washington, DC in late March) at one of their drive-through sites in Central Florida and had the results back in less than 48 hours.

Thanks... I do not think we will require the 48 hour testing. We will wait for additional information..see above. 
Appreciate your input

Sheila

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27 minutes ago, Bellaggio Cruisers said:


Keith...

I spoke with Crystal... we checked 4.2 and could find nothing regarding your posting regarding entry to Antigua testing. 
 

I just copied this from Travel Weekly dated May 16, 2021..
 

Antigua and Barbuda: Open to U.S. travelers. U.S. travelers must submit proof of a negative PCR test taken seven days before boarding and complete the Traveler Accommodation form upon arrival in Antigua. Visitors who complete a successful screening (temperature check) by health officials are not required to quarantine once booked at a certified accommodations (at least 160 hotels and villa properties are certified) and can participate in certified tours/activities, including destination weddings, dining out and certain land and sea activities. 
 

Keith...Please note.....Additionally, the testing requirement to return to the US... is for no more than three days before returning. 
 

Does anyone have better information?

sheila

Sheila,

 

I am surprised you couldn't find this on the web site as it is there.

 

This is how you find what I posted.

 

This is from the Crystal Site.  

 

Go to www.crystalcruises.com

 

 

Now up top click on Advisory Alerts.

 

And you will get here.

 

https://www.crystalcruises.com/advisory-alerts/crystal-clean-plus-protocols-alert

 

Now click on health and safety hub and you will get here.

 

https://www.crystalcruises.com/health-and-safety-hub

 

Scroll down and click on Crystal Clear and you will get here.

 

https://www.crystalcruises.com/health-and-safety-hub

 

Click on See All Protocols and you get here.

 

https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-clean

 

Scroll down and click on embarkation/disembarkation and you will get here.

 

https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-clean

 

Click on a Declaration of Safety and you get here.

 

https://www.crystalcruises.com/crystal-clean

 

Guess what. You will get what I posted for you.

 

 

A DECLARATION OF SAFETY

Your promise to us is your Declaration of Safety via Crystal’s secure, online portal, Priority Check-In and Planning Center (PCPC). When you sign your Declaration of Safety, you're giving us a true picture of your health and telling Crystal exactly what you need to travel in confidence and safety.

  • New for 4.2 is guidance for timing of PCR test before guest leaves for first date of Crystal service: Guests will be required to obtain a negative PCR test within three days* of leaving for first date of Crystal service. Guests will be responsible for costs incurred with this test. Guests should also visit the destinations’ website for further details on their health and safety protocols and requirements including the timing of their testing requirements if any. 

    *The day the test is taken is considered Day 0. For example, if a test is taken on a Monday, travel to first date of Crystal service (including Crystal pre-hotel stay) must be completed by the Thursday of that week in order for the test to be valid.

There is more for that.

 

It s not specific for "Your Cruise".  It is specific for all cruises.

 

So there you have it.

 

You asked does anyone have any better information and the answer is no because this is the latest from Crystal.

 

Might it change to match the article I posted from Travel Weekly which you refer to?????

 

I hope so.

 

But hope is nice but right now what I have told you is the latest from Crystal.

 

My understanding is this went out to the TA's that they updated the protocols on Friday.  

Again hopefully it will change but until it does I would be prepared.

 

 

Keith

 

 

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Guess what Kevin... you are correct. You know Crystal’s app better than people at Crystal itself....
Crystal has produced the worse of transparency.... 

Question... this seems to apply to Caribbean and Bahamas cruises? Am I correct? 
sheila

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Just saw the CDC requirements for embarkation and disembarkation. If you are vaccinated, nothing is necessary. But, I do not think this will be the rule at foreign embarkations. 
what’s up with Crystal? Their requirements are tougher than the foreign local embarkation rules.....

sheila

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12 minutes ago, Bellaggio Cruisers said:

Guess what Kevin... you are correct. You know Crystal’s app better than people at Crystal itself....
Crystal has produced the worse of transparency.... 

Question... this seems to apply to Caribbean and Bahamas cruises? Am I correct? 
sheila

 

1) His name is Keith.  It's in his screen name.

 

2) It's "worst," not "worse."

 

3) There's only one "g" in Bellagio, both the town and the casino.

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Just now, KenzSailing said:

 

1) His name is Keith.  It's in his screen name.

 

2) It's "worst," not "worse."

 

3) There's only one "g" in Bellagio, both the town and the casino.

1- Got it...  Keith instead of Kevin

2- grammar correction is important. 

3- My community is Bellaggio.... with 2 G’s

4- thanks for all your valuable information for cruisers!

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3 hours ago, Bellaggio Cruisers said:

Guess what Kevin... you are correct. You know Crystal’s app better than people at Crystal itself....
Crystal has produced the worse of transparency.... 

Question... this seems to apply to Caribbean and Bahamas cruises? Am I correct? 
sheila

Several items:

 

I used my internet browser.

 

It's not easy to find but always a good idea to check the Crystal Clear from time to time and review the protocols.

 

The Bahama and Caribbean cruises comprise all of the near term ocean cruises. I think it also applies to Iceland.  After that we are talking a few more months and things will likely change.

 

And this brings me to your other comments.  The CDC only Friday night sent out an update.  Now we live in a world where we love things to happen in second/minutes/hours but we need to have patience.  All the cruise lines will review this to determine if they should make changes to protocols and that could impact whether or not one needs the PCR test before trip commences and/or the COVID-19 test at the pier.

 

While it was written with USA cruises in mind since that is where the CDC has jurisdiction it could easily be extended to all cruises whether or not they are USA or not.  Again Crystal and other lines will review.

 

Again, FOLLOW the Crystal guidelines. If Crystal say vaccination, or take this COVID test or whatever follow those because they are what count, not what the CDC said.  You have booked a Crystal Cruise.  There is not a CDC cruise.

 

Well, I think that covers this.  If you are not following any of this and I have tried and tried and tried to make this and the previous posts clear if you have a TA get them to help guide you through this.

 

Yes, my name is Keith.  I have been called Kevin by others.  And of course a lot worse.

 

That's it for now.

 

Keith 

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Keith....

Thanks for your detailed information. 
I agree with everything you said and appreciate your information. 
When the final payment is due, I will review Crystal policies before sending my money. 
sheila

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