As cruising continues to welcome returning and new passengers, health and safety protocols are being closely monitored to reflect the current world climate. 

Now, vaccination and testing requirements and regulations are beginning to ease as the world opens up further for people to getaway and enjoy their holidays as before.  

Cruising is now safer than ever with enhanced measures developed to protect guests and crew, while maintaining the same cruising experience for all. Travelling freely is a key part of exploring the world and, in the coming months, many cruise lines are beginning to welcome both vaccinated and unvaccinated guests on-board, alongside relaxing their rules on testing policies during the embarkation process. 

You can see the full list of cruise line requirements on testing and vaccination policies below, though we also advise you to check the cruise line’s own website for the most up-to-date information regarding any updates and the Gov.uk website for any region or country-specific information. 

Cruise Line Testing & Vaccination Requirements

The below tables highlights the testing and vaccination requirements from our cruise lines. We also recommend checking the cruise line's own website for further information upon enquiry or booking.

Correct as of 15.08.2022

Testing Requirements

Cruise Line Requirements Last Updated Helpful Links
Azamara Beginning 25 July 2022, Azamara will no longer require guests to present a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding, excluding those countries where embarkation testing is still mandatory in accordance with national regulations. 20.07.2022 https://www.azamara.co.uk/discover/what-they-say/azamara-cruise-news/azamara-announces-removal-its-embarkation-covid-19
Carnival Cruise Line Except where destination requirements differ*, guests who are up to date with their vaccines may take their test within three days prior to sailing. Up to date means a guest has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, including any booster dose, when eligible. Example: For a sailing departing on Saturday, guests may take their test as early as Wednesday and as late as Saturday morning, if guaranteed to receive results in time for check-in. If a guest is fully vaccinated but not up to date with their vaccines, they must take an antigen pre-cruise COVID-19 test within two days prior to sailing, or a PCR test within three days prior to sailing. If you are eligible for a booster and have not received one, you are not considered up to date. Example: For a sailing departing on Saturday, guests may take their antigen test no earlier than Thursday and as late as Saturday morning, if guaranteed to receive results in time for check-in. A PCR test may be taken no earlier than Wednesday prior to sailing. 20.07.2022 https://www.carnival.com/legal/covid-19-legal-notices/covid-19-guest-protocols
Celebrity Cruises All guests ages 2 and older must present a digital or physical copy of a supervised* negative Covid-19 test result in order to board a Celebrity Cruises ship. Testing and timing of requirements may vary by homeport country and port of embarkation . Be sure you’re aware of both homeport country and Celebrity Cruises vaccine and testing requirements as they may differ. 20.07.2022 https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/health-and-safety
Cunard

All guests aged five years and over must have a negative Covid-19 test result prior to sailing. Once on board, testing may be  required to go ashore in various destinations on our itineraries. These tests will be available to purchase on board (at a cost of $25 per antigen test per person and $35 per PCR test per person). Currently, the majority of ports we will be visiting this year do not require entry testing. Destinations may also have various documentation requirements. For full details, see our A-Z list of port entry requirements.

From 6th September 2022: self-testing prior to travel will change from “mandatory” to “highly recommended” for vaccinated guests on the vast majority of holidays. Children aged five – 11 years who are not fully vaccinated will still require a negative lateral flow/antigen test prior to embarkation. Guests sailing on longer, more complex itineraries will be required to have an observed or in person antigen or PCR test with a fit to travel certificate prior to departure. These include a number of holidays of 16 nights or more and other specific cruises, more information will be provided in the pre cruise information as to which cruises this new testing requirement will apply to. 

20.07.2022 https://www.cunard.com/en-gb/the-cunard-experience/sailing-with-confidence/preparing-to-sail/before-you-b oard#vaccines
Fred. Olsen We no longer carry out pre-departure Covid-19 testing at part of the check-in process. All guests will be required to take their own Lateral Flow Test at home within 24 hours of the departure date of the cruise and bring the proof of a negative test result to show at check-in. If you arrive at the port without confirmation of a negative result, you will be asked to complete a test at the terminal, which will result in a delay at check-in. Testing at the terminal will be charged at £25 per test and will be added to your on board account. 20.07.2022 https://www.fredolsencruises.com/faqs/covid-protocols
Holland America Line We will also require ALL fully vaccinated guests to produce a negative, medically-observed viral COVID-19 test. (PCR or antigen). Guests who are up to date with their vaccines may take their test within 3 days prior to sailing. Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, including any booster dose(s), when eligible. If a guest is fully vaccinated but not up to date with their vaccines (i.e., is eligible for a booster but has not received one), they must take their pre-cruise COVID-19 test within 2 days prior to sailing. Guests who travel internationally should always ensure they understand all entry and airlines requirements to travel from their home country and the destinations they plan to visit, including where health authorities may require pre-travel COVID-19 testing. Details continue to be updated regularly; official websites and apps developed by government agencies and tourism ministries are the recommended resources. 20.07.2022 https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/worry-free-promise/travel-well/covid-guest-protocols.html
MSC Cruises Guests are required to bring proof of a negative COVID 19 test to the cruise terminal on embarkation day. Test must meet stated travel requirements by Country of residence and cruise destination 20.07.2022 https://www.msccruises.com/en-gl/MSC-Health-And-Safety-measures.aspx
Norwegian Cruise Line Given the relaxation of global protocols and travel requirements, we have updated our protocols to welcome all guests to sail with us regardless of vaccination status, effective 3 September 2022. All guests, aged 12 years and older, must provide proof of one of the following: Proof of the completed series of one-dose or two-dose vaccination regimens or proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or NAAT test (i.e., PCR) taken within three days of the embarkation date. Please note that while we welcome guests under 11 years old with no restrictions, it is the responsibility of the guest to be aware of any local protocols and/or travel restrictions in place at the visiting destinations at the time of the sailing. Cruises originating from all other destinations: Not subject to pre-cruise COVID-19 testing. Please see link provided for further information on different ports/countries. 08.08.2022 https://www.ncl.com/uk/en/sail-safe
P&O Cruises

For holidays from 24 July 2022: Unless otherwise communicated, all guests aged five years and over must take a lateral flow/antigen test within two days prior to embarkation of the ship. This can be at any time in the two days before or on the day of embarkation. Guests will be asked to confirm the test has been taken, with a negative result, as part of the pre-boarding health declaration at the cruise terminal/airport. Guests under five years of age are exempt from pre-travel testing. All guests aged five years and over must use an antigen self-test that meets the criteria below. This test doesn’t need to be medically observed and over the counter COVID-19 lateral flow/antigen tests will be accepted. Accepted antigen tests include: Rapid antigen test / Viral antigen test / Antigen Lateral Flow Fluorescence. We’re unable to accept guests who, within 10 days prior to the cruise, have been unwell with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19. If you’re impacted by this, you would need to call our Customer Contact Centre on 0344 338 8003 (local call charges apply) and not travel to the terminal/airport. You’ll receive a non-refundable Future Cruise Credit (FCC) to the value of the cruise and we’ll automatically refund any pre-cruise purchases made through My P&O Cruises. Please note your FCC is not ABTA or ATOL protected until a new booking is made. If you booked your cruise as part of a wider holiday package, please contact your travel provider for information relating to their policies.

From 6th September 2022: self-testing prior to travel will change from “mandatory” to “highly recommended” for vaccinated guests on the vast majority of holidays. Children aged five – 11 years who are not fully vaccinated will still require a negative lateral flow/antigen test prior to embarkation. Guests sailing on longer, more complex itineraries will be required to have an observed or in person antigen or PCR test with a fit to travel certificate prior to departure. These include a number of holidays of 16 nights or more and other specific cruises, more information will be provided in the pre cruise information as to which cruises this new testing requirement will apply to. 

15.08.2022 https://www.pocruises.com/cruise-with-confidence/preparing-to-sail#before-you-board
Princess Cruises Have proof of a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within 2 days of their embarkation. Please see the link for further information on the policies of different countries. 20.07.2022 https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/vaccine-testing-requirements/
Royal Caribbean

All guests sailing from Southampton will need to take one test before boarding, as detailed below. Tests must be supervised with the result provided on a certificate which includes the guest’s name and date of birth. Telehealth tests are accepted, but must be completed with a supervised video visit. All tests are at the guests’ expense. Vaccinated guests - including those not considered 'up to date' by EMA standards must bring a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Kids 11 and younger who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests. Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must bring a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 1 day before boarding day. Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested. At-Home Test Kits1: Through our testing partners, UK & U.S.-based vaccinated guests may purchase antigen test kits that you can complete online with a supervised virtual video visit, wherever you are, 24 hours 7 days a week to meet travel testing requirements for cruise or flight. See the link provided for further information regarding the requirements of different ports and countries. US testing: Pre-Cruise Testing Policy – U.S. Homeports: Fully vaccinated guests will only have to show a test result at boarding if the sailing is 6 nights or longer. Unvaccinated children will still need to show a test result to board all sailings, regardless of length. However, they will not need to test again at the terminal. Guests will now have the same test standard, regardless of vaccination status: You can show a negative test result from a supervised PCR or antigen test taken within the 3 days before your boarding day. Debark Testing – U.S. Departures that End in the U.S: For sailings that end in the U.S., debark testing will be discontinued for unvaccinated guests. Australia Protocols- Pre-Cruise Testing: Whilst not confirmed, it is likely that all guests travelling with us will need to receive a negative COVID-19 test on their own, at their own expense, to meet boarding requirements in line with Australian Federal and State Government guidance. UPDATED Terminal Testing – Discontinued: Terminal testing will be discontinued for U.S. sailings excluding those that visit Canada.
From 5th September 2022 departures: Select itineraries will soon be welcoming all guests aboard, regardless of vaccination status. This includes departures from Los Angeles, Galveston, New Orleans, and a European homeport. Departures from Los Angeles/Galveston: Sailings 5 nights or less – Unvaccinated guests ages 2 years and older must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 3 days of the sail date. Fully vaccinated guests do not need to test for these sailings. Accepted tests are FDA‐approved PCR or antigen tests supervised in person or supervised by a telehealth professional. Sailings 6 nights or more – All guests ages 2 years and older must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 3 days of the sail date. Accepted tests are FDA‐approved PCR or antigen tests supervised in person or supervised by a telehealth professional. Departures from all European ports: Testing will remain the same for EU departures. Departures from New Orleans: Testing for these sailings is still being finalised.

Royal Caribbean are working with local governments in the Eastern Caribbean to align on vaccination requirements for more itineraries. The cruise line want to ensure a great experience going ashore at these ports, for guests of any vaccination status, while meeting local health regulations. Any information will be shared when it becomes available as the cruise line continues to maintain additional layers of protection that far exceed any other vacation experience - This includes vaccination of all crew and keeping them up to date with boosters when eligible, routine surveillance of all crew, enhanced testing and treatment capabilities in our onboard medical centers, and much more.

11.08.2022 https://www.royalcaribbean.com/the-healthy-sail-center/getting-ready-to-cruise
Virgin Voyages Negative COVID tests are no longer required for Sailors to voyage, we may require tests for a number of reasons, including recovery cases within 90 days. We’re removing the requirement for a COVID-19 test to board as of 7/24/22 (for Valiant Lady) and 7/27/22 (for Scarlet Lady). Virgin Voyages accepts the following tests that have been supervised/administered by a health professional - doctor, nurse, clinician, pharmacy technician, or live telehealth professional - within 72 hours for European based voyages and within 48 hours for Miami based voyages: PCR: A polymerase chain reaction molecular test, commonly called a “PCR test” or “NAAT test” Antigen: An antigen test, also called a rapid antigen test or a lateral flow test. 22.07.2022 https://help.virginvoyages.com/helpportal/s/helpcategory

 

Vaccination Requirements

Cruise Line Requirements Last Updated Helpful Links
Azamara To ensure the safety and health of our guests and crew members, all guests 12 years and older must be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before sailing with all required COVID-19 vaccine doses. Children under 12 years old will not need to be vaccinated. Guests must show proof of vaccination to sail. If guests are eligible for a booster shot, then the booster dose is required to sail with Azamara. However, a second booster is not required. Guests can check specific travel restrictions for countries listed in the itinerary HERE or by visiting applicable government websites. Crew members are vaccinated and will be boosted as soon as they are eligible; they are also tested frequently. 20.07.2022 https://www.azamara.co.uk/discover/what-they-say/azamara-cruise-news/azamara-announces-removal-its-embarkation-covid-19
Carnival Cruise Line Fully-vaccination guests: Vaccinated cruises are available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the sailing day (not counting embarkation day) and have proof of vaccination. Additionally, the CDC has strongly recommended that individuals obtain a COVID-19 booster vaccination, when eligible. Should the CDC definition of fully vaccinated evolve to require the booster shot, the cruise line's policy will adapt accordingly. Consequently, Carnival Cruise Line also strongly encourage all guests who are eligible to get their booster vaccine. Boosters may be required for specific voyages based on duration or destination requirements. The following voyages require fully vaccinated guests, ages 12 and older, who are more than 6 months past the last dose of their initial vaccine series to be boosted in order to sail: Carnival Pride® and Carnival Celebration™ Europe – All 2022 departures; Carnival Splendor® 23-day Carnival Journey (Transpacific) – September 6, 2022. Guests must present an original vaccination record issued by the country's health authority (i.e., U.S. CDC's Vaccination Record Card). A digital COVID-19 Certificate (QR code), a record of COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider (original digital email), and a personal electronic health record or government Immunization Information System record is also acceptable. Copies or photos are not accepted. The name and birth date on the vaccination record must match the guest's travel documents. The vaccination dates must indicate the guest has completed the required doses no later than 14 days prior to the sailing date (not including embarkation day). Vaccine type, dates administered, and lot numbers must be clearly visible. When required, booster dose must also be reflected on vaccination records. The cruise line recommends guests have the contact information of the healthcare provider or clinic site that issued the certificate, in order to validate the vaccination record, if needed. A vaccination registry site may also be used. 20.07.2022 https://www.carnival.com/legal/covid-19-legal-notices/covid-19-guest-protocols
Celebrity Cruises Beginning September 5th, 2022, all travellers, regardless of vaccination status, can now cruise on the following itineraries as long as they meet any testing requirements to board: All sailings departing from the UK and Europe (with the exception of Iceland); All sailings departing from Los Angeles. For all other sailings, please visit the Country Travel Requirements page for the country of embarkation for your sailing for more information regarding vaccination age requirements. Celebrity Cruises operates vaccinated sailings, with crew and guest vaccination rates approaching 100%. Please visit the Country Travel Requirements page for the country of embarkation for your sailing for more information regarding vaccination age requirements. COVID-19 Booster Vaccine shots are not currently required to sail on Celebrity Cruises. 11.08.2022 https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/health-and-safety
Cunard Until further notice, all guests aged 12 years and over will need to be fully vaccinated* in order to travel with us. Children aged five to 11 years are not required to be fully vaccinated. Children aged four years and under are exempt from pre-travel vaccination and testing. Regardless of the port of embarkation, all guests aged 12 and over must have completed an approved (by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) or the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL)) two-dose or single-dose Covid-19 vaccination course 14+ days before travel. Currently approved vaccines are: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, including formulations Vaxzevria or Covishield, Moderna (Spikevax ) vaccine, including formulation Moderna Takeda, Sinovac, Sinopharm Beijing , Covaxin, Comirnaty, Nuvaxovid, (Novavax) COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen. You’ll be required to show proof of your vaccination status at the terminal prior to boarding, which will also be checked against your photo ID. This can be either in printed or digital format (a screenshot is fine) and must be an official certificate of vaccine status issued by your local health authority (e.g. NHS England). Please visit your relevant NHS or local health authority website for full details of how to obtain an official record of your vaccine status in advance of your holiday (please note that some authorities require up to 10 days to process applications to receive postal certificates). If more than 270 days (calculated from the day of disembarkation from the voyage) will have passed since the full completion of a vaccination course, then a booster vaccine will also be required and must be administered a minimum of seven days prior to embarkation. Regardless of the date, if you have already had a booster vaccination then you are eligible to travel. 20.07.2022 https://www.cunard.com/en-gb/the-cunard-experience/sailing-with-confidence/preparing-to-sail/before-you-b oard#vaccines
Fred. Olsen All guests aged 12 and above must be fully vaccinated to board. For adults, this includes two original doses, and a third booster dose. You must have had your booster at least seven days before your cruise sets sail.You will be required to prove that you have had both of your vaccines, plus your third booster, at check-in. All children aged over 12 will need to have had both of their vaccinations within 9 months of their cruise, with at least 14 days since the date of their second dose. 20.07.2022 https://www.fredolsencruises.com/faqs/covid-protocols
Holland America Line Vaccinated cruises are available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination. Guests will be asked to confirm their status as fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination in advance of boarding.* It’s important for guests to come prepared, as those who arrive at the embarkation terminal without the proper proof of vaccination will not be able to cruise, and no refund will be issued. Guests must present proof of vaccination, as well as all required travel documents, at embarkation. Acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record document issued by the country’s health authority that administered the vaccination (i.e., CDC Vaccination Record Card). The name and birth date on the vaccination record must match the guest’s travel documents and show that the guest is fully vaccinated. This means that the guest has completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (i.e., received the second dose in a two-dose series) and that the guest has received the final dose at least 14 days before the sailing date. Alternatively, guests may present a digital COVID-19 Certificate (QR code acceptable) and a record of COVID-19 vaccination from a healthcare provider (original digital email accepted), personal electronic health record, or government Immunization Information System record. 20.07.2022 https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/worry-free-promise/travel-well/covid-guest-protocols.html
MSC Cruises At embarkation: All Guests aged 12 years and older are required to be fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19 and all Guests aged 2 and older are required to submit a negative test prior to boarding. 20.07.2022 https://www.msccruises.com/en-gl/MSC-Health-And-Safety-measures.aspx
Norwegian Cruise Line Given the relaxation of global protocols and travel requirements, Norwegian Cruise Line have updated our protocols to welcome all guests to sail with them regardless of vaccination status, effective 3rd September 2022. All guests, aged 12 years and older, must provide proof of one of the following: Proof of the completed series of one-dose or two-dose vaccination regimens or proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or NAAT test (i.e., PCR) taken within three days of the embarkation date. Please note that while the cruise line welcomes guests under 11 years old with no restrictions, it is the responsibility of the guest to be aware of any local protocols and/or travel restrictions in place at the visiting destinations at the time of the sailing. 08.08.2022 https://www.ncl.com/uk/en/sail-safe
P&O Cruises All guests aged 16 years and over need to be fully vaccinated* with an approved COVID-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. If more than 270 days (calculated from the last day of the cruise) have passed since the full completion of a vaccination course, a booster vaccine will also be needed and must be administered a minimum of seven days prior to travel. Guests who have had one booster vaccine, regardless of the date, are considered fully vaccinated. At this time, a second booster vaccination is not required, however, P&O Cruises strongly recommend all guests to have booster vaccinations at the earliest opportunity, should they be available to them, in order to comply with evolving vaccine policies from the countries visited. All guests aged 12 to 15 years need to be fully vaccinated* with an approved COVID-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. A booster vaccine is not required. Guests under 12 years of age are not required to be vaccinated. You’ll need to show proof of your vaccination status which will also be checked against your photo ID at the terminal/airport prior to boarding. This can be either in digital or printed format (a screenshot is fine) and must be an official certificate of vaccine status issued by your local health authority e.g. NHS England. Please visit your relevant NHS or local health authority website for full details of how to get an official record of your vaccine status in advance of your holiday (some authorities require up to 10 days to process applications to receive postal certificates). The record card that is given out at the time of vaccination will not be accepted as proof of your vaccination status. Unfortunately, failure to provide proof of vaccination at the terminal/airport will result in denial of boarding at your own expense. 20.07.2022 https://www.pocruises.com/cruise-with-confidence/preparing-to-sail#before-you-board
Princess Cruises Received their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before the beginning of the cruise and proof of vaccination. With the recent easing of CDC vaccination requirements, the options available to unvaccinated guests continue to expand. We can now include up to 10% of unvaccinated guests on most sailings without burdensome exemptions or vaccine status justification, available on a first-come, first-served basis. 20.07.2022 https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/vaccine-testing-requirements/
Royal Caribbean

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. In addition, these scenarios also apply for guests age 12-17 to be considered fully vaccinated if: They received their 1st and only vaccine dose no earlier than 4 weeks after a positive Covid result; After their 1st vaccine dose, they tested positive for Covid, then received their 2nd vaccine dose no earlier than 4 weeks after the positive Covid result. For the best European cruise experience, Royal Caribbean strongly recommends guests be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccination per the European Medicines Agency (EMA). To be considered up to date by all European countries sailed to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements. You received your final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Nuvaxovid. See the link provided for further information regarding the requirements of different ports and countries. These standards apply to all guests age 12 and up (or 6 and up for Italy stops). Those who do not meet these standards will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports. Guests must be prepared to present their vaccination record showing all doses, including their original vaccination series, as well as any booster doses they may have received if applicable. Please make sure your entire cruise trip is within the 9-month window to be considered up to date for all port stops. If your vaccination was more than 9 months ago, you can get a booster with an EMA-authorized vaccine as late as the day before your trip, and be considered up to date by all countries. Children age 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated and are up to date may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols and testing requirements for up to date guests.

From 5th September 2022 departures: Select itineraries will soon be welcoming all guests aboard, regardless of vaccination status. This includes departures from Los Angeles, Galveston, New Orleans, and a European homeport.

Departures from Los Angeles/Galveston: It's recommended that guests be fully vaccinated against COVID‐19, if eligible. While vaccination is not required, Royal Caribbean kindly ask that guests disclose their status during check-in to ensure we maintain a highly vaccinated onboard population. IMPORTANT - Sailings that visit Grand Cayman: unvaccinated guests 12 years and older can join our sailing; however, they’ll need to stay onboard when we arrive in Grand Cayman.

Departures from all European ports: Royal Caribbean recommend that guests be fully vaccinated and up-to-date against COVID‐19, if eligible. While vaccination is not required, we kindly ask that guests disclose their status during check-in to ensure we maintain a highly vaccinated onboard population. Guests who are 12 years and older who are considered unvaccinated or who are not up-to-date with their vaccination will require additional testing. 

Departures from New Orleans: Royal Caribbean recommend that guests be fully vaccinated against COVID‐19, if eligible. While vaccination is not required, we kindly ask that guests disclose their status during check-in to ensure we maintain a highly vaccinated onboard population. IMPORTANT - Sailings that visit Grand Cayman: unvaccinated guests 12 years and older can join our sailing however, they’ll need to stay onboard when we arrive in Grand Cayman.

Royal Caribbean are working with local governments in the Eastern Caribbean to align on vaccination requirements for more itineraries. The cruise line want to ensure a great experience going ashore at these ports, for guests of any vaccination status, while meeting local health regulations. Any information will be shared when it becomes available as the cruise line continues to maintain additional layers of protection that far exceed any other vacation experience - This includes vaccination of all crew and keeping them up to date with boosters when eligible, routine surveillance of all crew, enhanced testing and treatment capabilities in our onboard medical centers, and much more. 
Australia Protocols- Vaccinations: All guests ages 12 & older will need to present proof of full vaccination approved by the TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration), which can be found here. The final dose must be administered at least 14 days before sailing. As part of Australian Federal and State Government guidelines, at least 95% of guests must be fully vaccinated. Children ages 11 and under, and guests with medical exemptions, are permitted to travel however there is a limit on the number of unvaccinated guests that can travel on each cruise departure. If guests are travelling with unvaccinated children under the age of 12, or if anyone in their travel party is unvaccinated due to a medical exemption, guests need to advise us of their vaccination status by contacting their travel advisor, completing our form sent 7 days after booking creation, or by calling their local office directly.

11.08.2022 https://www.royalcaribbean.com/the-healthy-sail-center/getting-ready-to-cruise
Virgin Voyages Sailors should be fully vaccinated (14 days past last dose) with WHO- or FDA-approved vaccines. While we do not require the booster dose for our voyages at this time, please note that some ports we sail from may require boosters for travel throughout the country. Virgin Voyages is allowing a limited number of exemptions to our vaccination requirement. Sailors who wish to request an exemption must call Sailor Services directly. 22.07.2022 https://help.virginvoyages.com/helpportal/s/helpcategory

As for general guidance and protocols, please continue reading to learn about how cruise lines have been working to make the return to cruising safe for everyone. 

General Guidance

Each cruise line, part of the world, or country may have slightly different procedures depending on the current local situation with COVID-19 – and these are always subject to change. We encourage you to check the cruise line’s own website for the most up-to-date information regarding any updates and the Gov.uk website for any region or country-specific information.

Please respect any rules put in place by the cruise line, they are all in place for your health and safety.

We hope that these changes make you feel at ease about returning to cruise. All the new protocols have been meticulously put together and sanctioned by multiple organisations (including the US CDC and CLIA) to ensure maximum safety for guests and crew.

Recommendations include:

At time of booking
Check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) travel advice; confirm your travel insurance cover; check your cruise lines exclusion policy to see where you fall
 
At the cruise terminal
Follow the procedures given by your cruise line in terms of testing and vaccination policies. You may be required to take a COVID-19 test or share proof of your vaccination status in order to board.
 
On-board your cruise
Follow the cruise line protocols in place to ensure a safe journey, such as:
In port
Follow the cruise line protocols in place to ensure safe port visits. Be aware of the local or national COVID-19 requirements. You may also have your temperature checked when disembarking or re-embarking the ship or be required to take a COVID-19 test
 
Return to UK
You may be required to take a COVID-19 test, and you may need to self-isolate in the UK, depending on your previous destinations. Leave the port terminal as soon as possible

Cruise Line Protocols

Each cruise line has been developing their own health and safety measures, ready for resuming sailing. These measures will apply to all guests and crew on-board and be mandatory to follow in order to reduce the risk of infection and maintain safety for all.

These protocols are subject to change in line with the evolving response measures as conditions warrant. They will be continually evaluated and adjusted against the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Where applicable, you can find these listed below. It is important to know that this information was correct at the time of publishing and we recommend checking the cruise line's website directly to confirm their policies should you wish to amend or cancel your booking.

Health & Safety Protocol Links

Carnival Cruise Line

Health and Safety Protocols - View here

Celebrity Cruises

Health and Safety Protocols - View here
Health and Safety Protocols (Amsterdam embarkation)- View here
Health and Safety Protocols (Barcelona embarkation)- View here
Health and Safety Protocols (Italy embarkation)- View here
Health and Safety Protocols (Southampton embarkation)- View here
Cruise With Confidence - View here
Cancel your cruise up to 48 hours prior to sailing and receive the value back in Future Cruise Credits, applicable to bookings made by 31st March 2022 on sailings departing on or before 31st December 2022, or sailings which depart within one year of the original sail date, whichever is later.

Cunard
Health and Safety Protocols - View here
Cruise With Confidence - View here
For all departures on sale, prior to the balance due date you can now transfer your booking to any Cunard voyage currently on sale, of higher or lower value, an unlimited number of times and completely free of charge for each transfer made.

Disney Cruise Line
Health and Safety Protocols - View here

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line
Health and Safety Protocols - View here
Cruise With Confidence - View here
Change your mind on your cruise before your final balance is due and you can move your deposit to any other sailing within 12 months of your original travel dates with no transfer fees.

Holland America Line
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Cancel your Holland America Line cruise up to 30 days before you sail and receive a Future Cruise Credit with Flexible Cancellation, applicable to all cruises booked by 31st December 2021 which depart through to 30th April 2022. You can also cancel your sailing up to the date of embarkation if you test positive for Covid-19 and also receive a Future Cruise Credit.

MSC Cruises
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Reschedule your cruise for free up to 15 days before departure (for cruise only) or up to 21 days before departure (for fly-cruise), applicable to all bookings made through to 31st March 2022 and valid on all sailings through to 31st March 2023. Cancellations will refer to the standard policy. New cruise can be to the value of current cruise, any higher differences will be chargeable.

Norwegian Cruise Line
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For all cruises booked by 28th February 2022, with an embarkation date through and including 31st March 2022, guests are free to cancel anytime up to 24 hours prior to embarkation for selected reasons. Guests will receive a full refund in the form of a Future Cruise Credit to use by 31st December 2022. /li>

P&O Cruises
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For all departures scheduled for 2021 and 2022, prior to the balance due date you can now transfer your booking to any P&O Cruises holiday currently on sale, of higher or lower value, an unlimited number of times and completely free of charge for each transfer made. Applicable for Select Price or Early Saver bookings.

Princess Cruises
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Cancel your cruise up to 30 days before sailing and receive your cancellation fees as a Future Cruise Credit, applicable on bookings made through to 31st May 2022 on sailings through to 30th September 2022. Future Cruise Credits available to spend on sailings valid one year since Future Cruise Credit issued..

Royal Caribbean
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Cancel your cruise up to 48 hours prior to sailing and receive the value back in Future Cruise Credits, applicable to bookings made by 31st March 2022 on sailings departing on or before 30th September 2022. Future Cruise Credit available to redeem on sailings which depart within one year of the original sail date.

Saga Ocean
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Amend your cruise before 31st December 2021 free of charge for 2022 holidays. Flexible cancellation cover included should you need to cancel due to medical conditions, including Covid-19, prior to departure.

Virgin Voyages
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Cruise With Confidence - Cancel your cruise up to 48 hours prior to sailing and receive 100% of the value back in Future Cruise Credit, applicable to new and existing bookings made on or before 31st March 2022, for sailings through 23rd October 2022.