About a dozen major cruise lines will require passengers (and crew) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they can step onboard a ship. That’s bad news for about 33% of the US population who are predicted to conscientiously decline the coronavirus vaccine.
In fact, one doctor has called for a boycott of Royal Caribbean.
WOW: @RoyalCaribbean cruises is now requiring you to get an experimental vaccine to book a cruise with them.
— Dr. Simone Gold (@drsimonegold) March 20, 2021
(That reminds me of the old cliche, “You can’t fire me because I’m quitting!” I mean, it looks like Royal Caribbean is boycotting the anti-vaccination crowd instead of the other way around.)
One of the great perks of cruises is they offer at least some all-inclusive food and beverage products and services.
So where can anti-vaxxers go to still enjoy some of those benefits?
Easy! (At least, for now.) Land-based all-inclusive resorts. So do you think those properties will become new havens for anti-vaxxers — and potential COVID outbreaks?
And most major hotel chains have resorts where you can redeem points for your stays. (See a selection of hotel credit cards now.)
Hilton has ten. IHG lays claim to a pair: the Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay All-Inclusive and Holiday Inn Resort Ixtapa All-Inclusive. Marriott and Hyatt are also in on the all-inclusive action. (That Marriott Bonvoy Amex welcome offer suddenly looks a little tempting for some people right now…)
Now, each country has its own COVID entry and quarantine rules. So that may make an impact on what’s available and to whom.
Plus, this post praises all-inclusive resorts as “a smart and responsible choice this year.”
What Do You Think?
Will cruise lines’ vaccination requirements either encourage or discourage you to book with them? Do you think all-inclusive resorts will see a boom in business from anti-vaccination travelers? Please share your thoughts in the below Comments section!
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