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American Queen Steamboat Company and Victory Cruise Lines are the first U.S. cruise lines to mandate a coronavirus vaccine for passengers and crew.

The new policy will take effect July 1.

The CEO of American Queen Steamboat Company said in a statement, “The health and safety of our guests, crew members and partners continues to remain our top priority. Vaccination requirement for both our guests and crew is the most prudent next step to ensure that we are providing the safest cruising experience possible.”

The sister brands follow Saga Cruises of the U.K., which made waves for announcing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for all passengers last month.

The policy states verified documentation of vaccination will have to be shown before getting onboard.

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