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Latest Cruise Line Protocols

Many cruise lines have released summer cruises for this year, either UK coastal cruises or Mediterranean fly-cruises. These feature sailings either departing from the UK and visiting UK coastlines across the British Isles and neighbouring countries, or fly-cruises from multiple UK airports to Athens or Cyprus and sailings around the Eastern Mediterranean.

As cruises continue to make their return, whether sailing from the UK or around the Mediterranean or USA, there are a number of requirements and health and safety measures guests need to be aware of in order to sail and remain safe on-board. We advise that you check through your relevant cruise line and destination protocols before booking so you can ensure you, and any guests in your party, meet these requirements. Failure to meet these requirements could result in your cruise being cancelled and in this event you would be liable for any cruise line cancellation charges. Cruise118.com does not accept liability in the event that any guest booked to travel is unable to meet these requirements.

Cruise Line Requirements & Protocols

Domestic UK Cruises in 2021

Domestic cruises depart from and return to UK ports.

P&O Cruises

P&O require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • For all holidays departing from 25th September to 31st December 2021: All guests 18 years or older need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. All guests aged 5-17 years old will need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 120 hours prior to travel. Guests four years old and younger will be allowed to travel providing their travelling parents/guardians meet the above requirements.
  • For UK coastal cruises on-board Iona and Britannia departing from 8th July to 24th September 2021: All guests need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. All guests will still also require a negative COVID-19 test at the terminal (the cost of which will be complimentary). Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding. All guests, of all ages, must meet the requirements of the COVID-19 vaccination policy for these sailings.
  • In line with the COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements detailed above, 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 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). See the cruise line's vaccination policy here:https://www.pocruises.com/ultimate-escape#vaccination
  • All guests aged 5-17 who are not fully vaccinated will be required to take a PCR test within 120 hours prior to sailing. P&O Cruises' service provider, Prenetics, required you to register and order a PCR pre-cruise testing kit for every unvaccinated guest aged between 5 and 17 years on your booking. Registration opens five weeks before sailing and closes six days before embarkation. You can register here: https://prenetics.projectscreen.co.uk/sailingwithconfidence
  • All guests must complete a health declaration form between 24 and 72 hours prior to sailing. This can found in the My P&O Cruises app and must be presented at the terminal either printed or via mobile. All guests need to be permanent residents of the UK and be in possession of a valid UK passport.
  • Travel insurance is mandatory and must include medical and repatriation cover of a minimum £2 million that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to Covid-19. Insurance must cover cruise holidays. Proof of travel insurance may be required on boarding. You can get a quote for travel insurance here. Proof of travel insurance may be required on boarding.
  • All guests will require a negative COVID-19 test at the terminal (the cost of which will be complimentary).
  • All guests and crew will be required to follow enhanced health and well-being measures to protect everyone on board our UK staycation cruises. We're continuing to operate a 'Hands, Face, Space' system on board, reminding guests of the importance of thorough hand washing, wearing a mask when moving around communal areas and within the theatre and continuing to social distance.
  • For sailings departing from 25th September 2021 to 31st December 2021: The cruise line will organise testing in order to disembark the ship in Southampton. These tests are available to purchase on-board at £18 per antigen test and £25 per PCR test.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.pocruises.com/cruise-with-confidence/your-holiday-experience.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests will be required to be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing. Proof of vaccination will be required at embarkation, in either digital or non-digital format.
  • All guests will need a valid UK passport in order to sail. If you cruise doesn’t leave British waters, your passport must be valid until the date your sailing returns home. If your cruise is leaving British waters as part of the itinerary, you will need to ensure your passport has at least six months’ validity from the date you return home.
  • All guests are required to have cruise specific travel insurance in place, including repatriation cover. Policies must also include cancellation or curtailment cover for COVID-19, plus cover for any medical, repatriation and expenses costs as a result of a COVID-19 diagnosis or illness during your cruise. You can get a quote for travel insurance here. Proof of travel insurance may be required on boarding.
  • All guests will undergo a COVID-19 test at the terminal, prior to boarding. There will also be additional health screenings including taking temperature.
  • All guests will have to wear a face mask when moving around inside the ship and where social distancing is not possible. You will not need to wear a mask when you are out on deck or sitting down, for example when you’re enjoying something to eat or a drink.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.fredolsencruises.com/travel-confidence.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • For all cruises departing Southampton from September 30 to November 3, 2021 on Regal Princess and October 5 to November 5, 2021 on Sky Princess:All guests 18 years or older need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
  • All guests 17 years or below need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel.
  • For UK Summer Seacation departures on Regal Princess from July 31 through to September 23, 2021 and Sky Princess from August 30 through to September 28, 2021:All guests need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 7 days before travel (or 14 days prior to sailing if an approved single-dose vaccine) Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
  • All guests need to be permanent residents of the UK and be in possession of a valid UK passport. Guests who are UK residents, but hold international passports are able to travel.
  • Travel insurance is mandatory and must include medical and repatriation cover of a minimum £2million that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to Covid-19. Insurance must cover cruise holidays. You can get a quote for travel insurance here. Proof of travel insurance may be required on boarding.
  • All guests will be required to wear a face mask in certain areas on board. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask you will not be permitted to travel.
  • . All guests will also require a negative COVID-19 test at the terminal. The PCR test and COVID-19 test at the terminal will be provided on a complimentary basis. This vaccination and testing policy will be reviewed on a regular basis as the global situation continues to evolve.
  • . All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to boarding. Guests should receive a notification to complete this up to 72 hours before embarkation, using the MedallionClass app. Guests will then need to reconfirm their answers at the port.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/.

Cunard

Cunard require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding. See the cruise line's vaccination policy here:https://www.cunard.com/en-gb/the-cunard-experience/sailing-with-confidence
  • All guests need to be permanent residents of the UK.
  • Travel insurance is mandatory and must include medical and repatriation cover of a minimum £2million that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to Covid-19. Insurance must cover cruise holidays. You can get a quote for travel insurance here. Proof of travel insurance may be required on boarding.
  • All guests will be required to wear a face mask in certain areas on board. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask you will not be permitted to travel.
  • All guests will be required to complete a Health Declaration form in order to travel.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.cunard.com/en-gb/the-cunard-experience/sailing-with-confidence.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests need to be permanent residents of the UK and be in possession of a valid UK passport.
  • All guests 18 or older need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
  • All guests 2 years or older must supply a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. Unvaccincated children aged 2-17 years are also required to complete an antigen test at the terminal prior to boarding and a further antigen test on the day before disembarkation. Vaccinated children are not required to do the two antigen tests.
  • Masks will be required for all guests 11 years and above when indoors but will not be required when drinking or eating or when outside.
  • Prior to boarding, screening begins with a request to present proof of vaccination, visual check, and health questionnaire.
  • Please visit the following link for health and safety protocols specific to departure port and ship: https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/healthy-at-sea/travel

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here:  https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/cruise-with-confidence.

MSC Cruises

MSC Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests need to be permanent residents of the UK and be in possession of a valid UK passport.
  • All guests on-board will be required to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing, unless medically exempt or under 18. Proof of vaccination or exemption will need to be presented upon embarkation. All guests not vaccinated as per above and children 2 years and older, will need to take a lateral flow (antigen) or PCR (molecular) swab test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure. Proof of a negative test result will be requested at the terminal and accepted evidence includes an email, SMS or a printed document.
  • All guests both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will need to undergo some Health and COVID 19 screenings including a COVID 19 swab test, a health questionnaire and a contactless temperature check, before boarding the ship.
  • All guests will be required to wear a face mask in certain areas on board. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask you will not be permitted to travel.
  • Travel insurance is mandatory and must include medical and repatriation cover. Proof of travel insurance may be required on boarding. Take a print out of your travel insurance documents with you on embarkation.
  • To ensure guest health and safety on-board is prioritised, there may be some restrictions to the availability of facilities on-board. This may specifically limit availability to the children's club and spa (we recommend pre booking spa treatments before departure).

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here:  https://www.msccruises.co.uk/health-and-safety-measures

Saga Ocean

Saga Ocean require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding. See the cruise line's vaccination policy here: https://travel.saga.co.uk/cruises/ocean/cruise-return-to-service.aspx.
  • All guests will be required to wear a face mask in certain areas on board. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask you will not be permitted to travel.
  • All guests will be required to take a mandatory pre-departure test at home and in the terminal, alongside temperature checks and full medical screenings.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://travel.saga.co.uk/cruises/ocean/cruise-return-to-service.aspx

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests over 18 years of age need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
  • All guests must bring a negative results of a PCR test taken within three days of sailing. Email communication will be sent out with instructions on how to register for your complimentary test approximately 14-18 days before your cruise. Guests under the age of 2 have no testing requirement.
  • All unvaccinated guests aged 2-17 years must take a complimentary rapid antigen test at the terminal and receive a negative result in order to sail. Instructions on this will be emailed 14-18 days before your cruise.
  • For UK Summer Seacation departures on Anthem of the Seas from 7th July to 29th August 2021:All guests need to be permanent residents of the UK.
  • All guests must complete the pre cruise Health Questionnaire on the Royal Caribbean App. It will become available in the app the day before you board.
  • Please visit the following link for health and safety protocols specific to departure port and ship: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/healthy-sail-center/getting-ready-to-cruise

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/healthy-cruising-panel

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests need to be permanent residents of the UK. Non-UK passport holders may be required to provide their Biometic Residence Permit (BRP) to be checked at the terminal prior to boarding.
  • All guests over 18 years of age need to be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
  • All guests will be required to wear a face mask in certain areas on board. If you are exempt from wearing a face mask you will not be permitted to travel.
  • All guests are required to complete the health-check form in the Virgin Voyages Sailor App at least 24 hours prior to boarding.
  • In order to board at port in the UK, every Sailor will be tested for COVID prior to getting on the ship, and the rapid antigen tests take about 15-20 minutes to get a result. These are complimentary.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.virginvoyages.com/ahoy/stories/voyage-well

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line requires all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests need to be permanent residents of the UK and be in the possession of a valid UK passport.
  • There will be a number of health and safety measures including COVID-19 testing, health screening, face coverings, reduced guest capacity and physical distancing. You must follow all posted instructions while sailing with Disney Cruise Line.
  • All guests over 18 years of age need to be fully vaccinated before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
  • Guests under 18 years of age must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken between 5 days and 24 hours prior to the date you set sail.
  • All Guests, including those who have been vaccinated, are required to undergo an antigen COVID-19 rapid test administered by a third party in the terminal prior to boarding.
  • All Guests (ages 11 and up, including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19) are required to wear face coverings indoors.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/cruises-destinations/overview/uk-magic-at-sea/

Holland America Line

Holland America Line requires all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests need to be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days before travel. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
  • Holland America Line guests will be required to comply with all health and safety protocols in place at the time of departure for travel to and from the ship, as well as all on-board protocols and procedures for visiting ports.
  • There will be a number of health and safety measures including health screenings, face mask requirements, physical distancing and capacity controls. You must follow all posted instructions while sailing with Holland America Line.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/news/coronavirus-travel-advisory/traveling-and-staying-healthy.html

European Cruises (2021)

COVID-secure guidance will continue to apply as per each cruise line's specifications, including wearing masks, social distancing in specific areas and undergoing testing requirements either prior to getting on-board or during your sailing.

Please check that all guests in your party are able to meet these conditions before booking as failure to meet these requirements could result in your cruise being cancelled and in this event you would be liable for any cruise line cancellation charges. Cruise118.com do not accept liability in the event that any guest booked to travel is unable to meet these requirements.

P&O Cruises

P&O require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests 18 years or older need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel. All guests aged 5-17 years old will need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 120 hours prior to travel. Guests four years old and younger will be allowed to travel providing their travelling parents/guardians meet the above requirements.
  • Travel insurance is mandatory and must include medical and repatriation cover of a minimum £2 million that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to Covid-19. Insurance must cover cruise holidays. Proof of travel insurance may be required on boarding.
  • All guests will require a negative COVID-19 test at the terminal (the cost of which will be complimentary).
  • You’ll be required to wear a face mask (with no exemptions) in specific areas including the terminal, when moving around indoors on board, and when seated in the theatre. You’re free to remove your mask when seated elsewhere around the ship, when out on deck and when exercising. We’d always recommend you regularly clean your masks daily and choose a good quality, ideally medical grade, standard. Please note that visors and face shields will not be accepted as a substitute for a face mask.
  • For international cruises 25 September-31 December 21 you’ll be required to take a test to disembark the ship in Southampton, per UK government requirements. The test will be available to purchase on board, at a cost of £18 per antigen test per person and £25 per PCR test per person.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.pocruises.com/cruise-with-confidence/preparing-to-sail

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • Sailings to Greece: All guests aged 12 and over are required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing. Sailings to Spain: All guests aged 18 and over are required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
  • All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to sailing.
  • All vaccinated guests 12 years and older must present a negative Covid-19 test result taken as either as an Antigen or PCR test conducted within two days of embarkation. All unvaccinated children between the ages of two and eleven years old, will be required to bring a negative Antigen or PCR test result conducted within three days of embarkation.
  • All guests will undergo health screening including a request to present proof of vaccination, visual check, and health questionnaire. If you show signs of a fever, cough, or fatigue, you’ll be directed to a secondary screening.
  • All guests are required to wear masks indoors and outdoors, except when eating and drinking.
  • Unvaccinated children between the ages of two and eleven years old will be required to complete an antigen or PCR test on-board the day before disembarkation. This will be supplied by the cruise line.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/health-and-safety

Cunard Cruises

Cunard Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests aged 18 and above are required to be fully vaccinated. All guests are 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).
  • All guests are required to complete a health declaration form.
  • All guests will also require a negative Covid-19 test at the terminal; the cost of both the Covid-19 test at the terminal and the PCR test will be complimentary. All guests will also undergo pre-boarding health screening.
  • All guests are required to wear a face mask, with no exceptions, in specific areas including the terminal, when moving around indoors on board, and when seated in the theatre. Guests are free to remove their masks when seated elsewhere around the ship, when out on deck and when exercising. We’d always recommend guests wash their mask daily and choose a good quality, ideally medical-grade, standard. Please note that visors and face shields will not be accepted as a substitute for a face mask

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.cunard.com/en-gb/the-cunard-experience/sailing-with-confidence

Fred. Olsen Cruises

Fred. Olsen Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests will be required to be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing. Proof of vaccination will be required at embarkation, in either digital or non-digital format.
  • All guests will need a valid UK passport in order to sail. If your cruise doesn’t leave British waters, your passport must be valid until the date your sailing returns home. If your cruise is leaving British waters as part of the itinerary, you will need to ensure your passport has at least six months validity from the date you return home.
  • All guests are required to have cruise specific travel insurance in place, including repatriation cover. Policies must also include cancellation or curtailment cover for COVID-19, plus cover for any medical, repatriation and expenses costs as a result of a COVID-19 diagnosis or illness during your cruise.
  • All guests will undergo a COVID-19 test at the terminal, prior to boarding. There will also be additional health screenings including taking temperature.
  • All guests will have to wear a face mask when moving around inside the ship and where social distancing is not possible. You will not need to wear a mask when you are out on deck or sitting down, for example when you’re enjoying something to eat or a drink.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.fredolsencruises.com/travel-confidence

Holland America Cruise Line

Holland America Cruise Line require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests must have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing. Proof of vaccination is required in order to board.
  • All guests are required to complete the health questionnaire 24-72 hours prior to boarding. Guests will be asked to confirm answers when arriving at the port.
  • Holland America Line strongly encourages all guests to acquire and maintain adequate travel insurance for the entire duration of their booking.
  • All guests will undergo a complimentary rapid COVID-19 test at the terminal prior to embarkation.
  • As a reminder, masks are required during embark and debark in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.
  • A complimentary antigen or COVID-19 PCR test will be administered to all guests on-board on day 5 or 6 of the sailing. This is a requirement as part of the EU Healthy Gateways Protocols and will fulfill the requirements for onward travel home in most instances.
  • Holland America Line strongly encourages guests wear face masks when in public spaces indoors. All guests will be required to wear a face mask – with no exceptions – in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino except when eating or drinking. Guests will also be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in our main dining rooms and in the buffet area, and occasionally in other designated areas where larger number of guests may congregate. As a reminder, masks are required during embark and debark in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.
  • As a reminder, masks are required during embark and debark in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/worry-free-promise/travel-well/frequently-asked-questions.html

MSC Cruises Line

MSC Cruises Line require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • Guests are required to be either fully vaccinated a minimum a 14 days prior to sailing.Proof of vaccination status will be required.
  • Before boarding, all guests must complete a health questionnaire and report any symptoms of illness or potential exposure to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to embarkation.
  • All guests (over 2 years old) will undertake a COVID-19 screening (antigen swab test) at the cruise terminal before boarding, to ensure they are healthy and fit to travel. All guests must undergo a contactless temperature check.
  • You will be asked to wear a face mask during embarkation and while in the terminal in compliance with local regulations.
  • Face masks required when in public areas, except when seated in restaurants, bars, lounges, and when sitting on the sun deck
  • To ensure that all guests are disembarked safely and efficiently, the cruise line will provide detailed, step-by-step information, allocated time slots and a complimentary face mask for their journey home.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.msccruises.co.uk/health-and-safety-measures

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests must be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing and have proof of vaccination.
  • Guests should receive a notification to complete your health questionnaire from 72 hours before you embark the ship, using the MedallionClass app. You’ll be asked to complete the questionnaire before leaving home to begin travelling on your vacation, and then reconfirm your answers when arriving at the port.
  • As part of terms and conditions it is mandatory for all UK guests to have suitable travel insurance cover in order to cruise with us. Travel insurance enables our guests to relax and enjoy their holiday with peace of mind that they are covered for most eventualities. This includes unforeseen incidents before their holiday, while travelling or while they are away. Typically, travel insurance covers cancellation of your holiday, stolen belongings and medical treatment. Insurance documents will be checked at the terminal and boarding will be denied, at guests’ own expense, for anyone without appropriate cover. When travelling with us, insurance must include medical and repatriation cover of £2 million minimum that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to COVID-19.
  • To board the ship, fully vaccinated guests will require a negative viral COVID-19 test, which will be administered at the terminal and provided on a complimentary basis.
  • Certain entertainment venues will be designated as “Sip and Cover” venues where you must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth except while drinking. Princess Cruises always recommend guests wash their mask daily and choose a good quality, ideally medical-grade, standard.
  • If a negative COVID-19 test is required for re-entry into your home country, Princess will cover the costs of a COVID-19 test administered within the timeframe required prior to travel. Guests should disembark the ship, collect their luggage, clear customs, exit through the front of the terminal, and walk down the side of the terminal to re-enter the luggage hall for COVID-19 testing. Antigen test results will be available in approximately 30 minutes and PCR test results will be available in approximately 60 minutes; please plan your post-cruise travel arrangements accordingly.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/frequently-asked-questions/uk-cruises/

Caribbean Cruises (2021)

COVID-secure guidance will continue to apply as per each cruise line's specifications, including wearing masks, social distancing in specific areas and undergoing testing requirements either prior to getting on-board or during your sailing.

Please check that all guests in your party are able to meet these conditions before booking as failure to meet these requirements could result in your cruise being cancelled and in this event you would be liable for any cruise line cancellation charges. Cruise118.com do not accept liability in the event that any guest booked to travel is unable to meet these requirements.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests need to be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days before travel and provide proof. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding. Proof includes original vaccination record or digital COVID-19 certificate. Vaccine exemptions for cruises to the Caribbean will be limited to a very small number of children under 12, and teens and adults with a medical condition who can provide written confirmation from their medical provider that they cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. Sailings from Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Maryland will operate under these criteria until 31st December, 2021 with the assumption that current and evolving restrictions imposed by destinations will remain in place.
  • All guests will need to complete Online Check-In and select an Arrival Appointment. Online Check-In is available for Suite, Platinum and Diamond guests at 16 days prior to sailing; general access begins at 14 days prior to sailing. It is important that guests arrive on a timely basis as early arrivals cannot be accommodated and will be asked to return at their assigned time. All guests must complete the pre-cruise vaccine attestation. This will be shared via email from the cruise line. Please read all cruise line correspondence and complete all requests for pre-boarding information. Failure to comply with pre-cruise information requests on a timely basis will result in cancellation. All guests will be asked to complete an online health questionnaire 72 hours prior to sailing.
  • All unvaccinated guests sailing on a ship departing from Florida or Texas must show proof of travel insurance coverage during check-in. Policy requirements: a minimum of US$10,000, per person, in medical expense coverage and US$30,000 coverage for emergency medical evacuation and without COVID-19 exclusions. Unvaccinated guests without the required proof of insurance will not be permitted to sail and no refund will be provided.
  • "All guests aged two and above are required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test at check-in, taken between 24-72 hours prior to sailing date. Unvaccinated guests must take an additional antigen test at embarkation and test again within 24 hours on all cruises longer than 4 days. A charge for theses will be added to the guests on-board Sail and Sign account. Children under two are exempt from testing and requirements.
  • All guests will undergo enhanced pre-embarkation health screenings which will include confirmation of their health screening responses, validation of their vaccination documents and any required COVID-19 testing. Anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or who are identified at-risk, will be referred for additional screening before allowed to board. All guests must wear masks during the entire embarkation process.
  • All guests, particularly guests who are unvaccinated, are strongly encouraged to wear face masks when indoors except when eating and drinking. All guests aged 2 and older will be required to wear face masks in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino, except when eating or drinking. Guests will be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in our main dining rooms and in the Lido Buffet area and occasionally in other designated areas where larger number of guests may congregate (signs will be posted). Additionally, masks are required in enclosed areas of the ship such as the spa, salon, and at any indoor activity with children under 12 years (i.e., Build-A-Bear®, Family Harbor and Sky Zone®). Please maintain a healthy onboard environment by using the hand-washing sinks and hand sanitizer dispensers at venue entrances and in high-traffic areas throughout the ship. Guests will also need to follow the cruise line's guidance about the ways to stay healthy on board and when ashore, through daily programming, entertainment systems, announcements, in-stateroom literature, and the Carnival HUB App.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.carnival.com/Legal/covid-19-legal-notices/covid-19-guest-protocols?icid=advisory_cruisehealth_072821

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests aged 12 and over are required to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing and provide proof. Failure to provide evidence of vaccination at the time of boarding will result in the denial of boarding.
  • All guests are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to sailing.
  • For sailings departing through 1st October 2021, aboard Celebrity Millennium sailing from Seattle, Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Equinox sailing from Fort Lauderdale, and Celebrity Summit sailing from Miami, all vaccinated guests are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result at the time of embarkation. This test may be taken as either as an Antigen or PCR test, conducted within two days of boarding the vessel. Each guest is responsible for making their own arrangements with an accredited testing provider as well as covering all associated costs. All unvaccinated children between the ages of two and eleven years old, will be required to bring a negative Antigen or PCR test result conducted within three days of embarkation.
  • All guests will undergo health screening including a request to present proof of vaccination, visual check, and health questionnaire. If you show signs of a fever, cough, or fatigue, you’ll be directed to a secondary screening.
  • Vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks. Unvaccinated guests aged 12 and under are required to wear masks while indoors other than when in their stateroom, while eating or while drinking.
  • Unvaccinated children between the ages of two and eleven years old will be required to complete an antigen or PCR test on-board the day before disembarkation. This will be supplied by the cruise line.

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/health-and-safety

Cunard

Cunard require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests aged 18 and above are required to be fully vaccinated. All guests are 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).
  • All guests are required to complete a health declaration form.
  • All guests will also require a negative Covid-19 test at the terminal; the cost of both the Covid-19 test at the terminal and the PCR test will be complimentary. All guests will also undergo pre-boarding health screening.
  • All guests are required to wear a face mask, with no exceptions, in specific areas including the terminal, when moving around indoors on board, and when seated in the theatre. Guests are free to remove their masks when seated elsewhere around the ship, when out on deck and when exercising. We’d always recommend guests wash their mask daily and choose a good quality, ideally medical-grade, standard. Please note that visors and face shields will not be accepted as a substitute for a face mask

See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.celebritycruises.com/gb/health-and-safety

Disney Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests on 5th November 2021 Panama Canal (Disney Wonder) sailing must be fully vaccinated, regardless of age. For all other sailings, all guests aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated in order to sail. Proof of vaccinations will be required to board. All guests 18 years and over must individually create an account on the Safe Passage website by Inspire Diagnostics to upload their vaccination proof. (https://dcl.safepassage.com/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2F) This is the cruise line's 3rd party partner for COVID-19 vaccination verification. An account cannot be created sooner than 15 days prior to sailing.
  • Guests aged 11 and under must take a pre-trip PCR test between 24 hours and 3 days prior to boarding. The test should be a rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. Results should be uploaded to the Safe Passage website. Guests may be denied boarding if the Safe Passagen website has not received the required documentation and/or pre-arrival test results needed to sail.
  • All guests are required to select a port arrival time before making their way to the cruise terminal on embarkation day. This can be done in the cruise line's app. All guests are required to complete the pre-trip health questionnaire prior to arriving at the terminal. This can be found on the cruise line's app on embarkation day. In order to sail, all Guests (adults and children, regardless of age) must upload their proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results on the Safe Passage website. A parent or legal guardian will need to use their own account to provide this information on behalf of minors.
  • Disney Cruise Line strongly encourages all Guests to acquire and maintain adequate travel insurance for the entire duration of their booking.
  • All guests are required to undergo an antigen COVID-19 test prior to boarding. These will be at the expense of the cruise line. Guests with positive COVID-19 test results, as well as those in their travel party, will be denied boarding.
  • All guests aged 2 and above are required to wear face masks indoors, except when in their staterooms or eating, drinking or taking a photo. Face masks are not required outdoors or at designated locations.
  • All unvaccinated guests, regardless of age, sailing for 5-nights or more are required to take a COVID-19 PCR test prior to disembarkation. This is paid for at the expense of the cruise line.
  • See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/guest-services/advisory/

Holland America Line

Holland America Line require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests must have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing. Proof of vaccination is required in order to board.
  • All fully vaccinated guests will be required to provide a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) taken within 2 days of embarkation. Please note that testing in the terminal will not be available for vaccinated guests, so it’s critical that you have your negative test results with you upon your arrival. Guests who received a vaccination exemption are still required to take a negative PCR test within 2 days prior to embarkation and will be tested again in the terminal prior to boarding the ship and again within 24 hours of debarkation (for itineraries five days or longer).
  • All guests are required to complete the health questionnaire 24-72 hours prior to boarding. Guests will be asked to confirm answers when arriving at the port.
  • Holland America Line strongly encourages all guests to acquire and maintain adequate travel insurance for the entire duration of their booking.
  • Proof of a negative, medically observed, viral COVID-19 test is required on embarkation, along with proof of full vaccination upon arrival in the terminal and can then proceed on board. Guests who are exempt from the vaccination will be tested at the terminal prior to boarding.
  • As a reminder, masks are required during embark and debark in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.
  • A complimentary antigen or COVID-19 PCR test will be administered to all guests on-board on day 5 or 6 of the sailing. This is a requirement as part of the EU Healthy Gateways Protocols and will fulfill the requirements for onward travel home in most instances. Holland America Line strongly encourages guests wear face masks when in public spaces indoors. All guests will be required to wear a face mask – with no exceptions – in elevators and in designated indoor entertainment areas, all retail shops, and in the casino except when eating or drinking. Guests will also be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in our main dining rooms and in the buffet area, and occasionally in other designated areas where larger number of guests may congregate. As a reminder, masks are required during embark and debark in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.
  • Guests who are exempt from the vaccination will be tested 24 hours prior to disembarkation (for itineraries five nights or longer).
  • See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/worry-free-promise/travel-well/frequently-asked-questions.html

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests are required to be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days prior to departure. Each guest must acknowledge vaccination status prior to their sailing and bring proof of vaccination to the terminal. Guests who are not old enough to be vaccinated or otherwise not eligible to be vaccinated will not be allowed on these sailings.
  • All guests will need to have completed the health questionnaire prior to boarding.
  • All guests will be required to take a COVID-19 antigen test, administered and paid for by the cruise line, prior to boarding and receive a negative result.
  • As the Norwegian Cruise Line sailings operate with 100% vaccination of guests and crew through December 31 2021, face coverings are not required for cruises prior to December 31, 2021.
  • COVID-19 antigen or PCR tests prior to disembarkation will be administered on board and paid for by the cruise line for those guests who require a test to return home. If a PCR test is required for any travel home, the cruise line will administer and pay for a PCR test, only for those guests whose home country specifically requires a PCR test. The PCR test for US based sailings will be administered by Norwegian Cruise Line's medical staff. If guests have additional travel plans post-cruise, other than returning to their home country, these PCR tests will be charged at a fee of $150pp.
  • See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.ncl.com/uk/en/sail-safe?intcmp=pdt_sl_SAILSAFEVAC

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests need to have had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination a minimum of 14 days before travel.
  • Travel insurance is mandatory and must include medical and repatriation cover of a minimum £2 million that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to Covid-19. Insurance must cover cruise holidays. Proof of travel insurance may be required on boarding.
  • All guests will require a negative COVID-19 test at the terminal (the cost of which will be complimentary).
  • You’ll be required to wear a face mask (with no exemptions) in specific areas including the terminal, when moving around indoors on board, and when seated in the theatre. You’re free to remove your mask when seated elsewhere around the ship, when out on deck and when exercising. We’d always recommend you regularly clean your masks daily and choose a good quality, ideally medical grade, standard. Please note that visors and face shields will not be accepted as a substitute for a face mask.
  • For international cruises 25 September-31 December 2021 you’ll be required to take a test to disembark the ship in Southampton, per UK government requirements. The test will be available to purchase on board, at a cost of £18 per antigen test per person and £25 per PCR test per person.
  • See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.pocruises.com/cruise-with-confidence/preparing-to-sail

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests must be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing and have proof of vaccination.
  • On voyages sailing September 19, 2021 and after, in accordance with CDC directives, ALL guests will be required to produce a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) result taken within 2 days of their embarkation. If sailing on Sunday, the test may be taken on Friday and Saturday, and as late as Sunday, if you are guaranteed to receive your results in time for check-in. Guests will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test along with proof of full vaccination upon arrival in the terminal and can then proceed on board.
  • You should receive a notification to complete your health questionnaire from 72 hours before you embark the ship, using the MedallionClass app. You’ll be asked to complete the questionnaire before leaving home to begin traveling on your vacation, and then reconfirm your answers when arriving at the port.
  • Given the current global travel and health environment, all booked guests are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance prior to departure.
  • ALL guests will be required to wear a face mask – with no exceptions – in elevators, retails shops, in the casino, and other designated areas except while eating and drinking. Guests will also be required to wear face masks prior to being seated in our main dining rooms and in the buffet area, and occasionally in other designated areas where larger number of guests may congregate. As a reminder, masks are required during embark and debark in the terminal, and masks should also be worn during the debarkation process on board.
  • If a negative COVID-19 test is required for re-entry into your home country, Princess will cover the costs of a COVID-19 test administered within the timeframe required prior to travel. Guests should disembark the ship, collect their luggage, clear customs, exit through the front of the terminal, and walk down the side of the terminal to re-enter the luggage hall for COVID-19 testing. Antigen test results will be available in approximately 30 minutes and PCR test results will be available in approximately 60 minutes; please plan your post-cruise travel arrangements accordingly.
  • See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/frequently-asked-questions/us-cruises/

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing. Proof of vaccination is required on boarding. Unvaccinated kids aged 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding day. Guests under the age of 2 do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.
  • Vaccinated guests age 12 and older must show a negative COVID-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding.
  • All guests must complete the pre cruise Health Questionnaire on the Royal Caribbean App. It will become available in the app the day before you board.
  • For all cruises, kids aged 2-11 will take a complimentary PCR test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.
  • All guests will be asked to complete their wellness screening at the port and provide the required documentation. All guests are asked to wear their face mask at all times during the boarding process.
  • Masks are required to be worn while indoors in public areas of the ship, unless seated and actively eating or drinking. While visiting public ports of call, where local regulations may require them.
  • For cruises that are 5 nights or longer, kids will take a complimentary antigen test onboard before the cruise ends. Vaccinated guests who require a COVID-19 test for re-entry into their country may receive one onboard as well. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test.
  • See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/gbr/en/the-healthy-sail-center

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages require all guests to meet the conditions below in order to travel on this cruise.

  • All guests are required to be fully vaccinated a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing. Proof of vaccination is required.
  • All guests are required to complete the health-check form in the Virgin Voyages Sailor App at least 24 hours prior to boarding.
  • All guests will be required to take an antigen test before boarding. The testing will occur at the terminal and will be provided free of charge by Virgin Voyages, the cruise line recommends that guests will need to arrive 2 hours prior to their scheduled embarkation time to ensure time for the test.
  • See the cruise line's latest health and safety protocols here: https://www.virginvoyages.com/voyage-well#sailing

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