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Relaxed Vaccination & Testing Rules!

Most cruise lines and countries worldwide have relaxed or eliminated their pre-cruise testing and vaccination requirements, making it easy for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers of all ages to enjoy a vacation at sea.
 
Azamara Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Seabourn, Seadream and Silversea now welcome unvaccinated travelers of all ages.
 
To keep you abreast of the latest cruise line policies, just below we have compiled a summary of pre-cruise testing and vaccination protocols organized by cruise line.
 
A small number of countries still require visiting cruise passengers to be vaccinated and/or tested and any voyages that visit these countries must follow these requirements. We recommend that you verify the latest rules with your Vacations To Go cruise counselor at the time of booking.
 
You may search our site at any time to find cruises reflecting the latest policies, including cruises that require vaccination and cruises that are open to the unvaccinated.
 
We will keep you up-to-date as policies change over time.
 
Finally, if you’re holding a future cruise credit (FCC) from a previous cancellation, you can use it on any sailing offered by Vacations To Go (on the same cruise line that issued the FCC) regardless of whether the original cruise was booked through Vacations To Go.
 
Bon voyage!
 

 

American Cruise Lines

  • There are no COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements. 

American Queen Voyages

  • There are no COVID-19 vaccination or testing requirements. 

 Azamara

  • No guests whether vaccinated or unvaccinated must test for COVID-19 prior to cruising, except when cruising to a port where pre-travel testing is required by country regulations.
  • Beginning December 1, 2022, unvaccinated guests are welcome on any Caribbean sailing departing from Miami, or any European sailing.
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Carnival

  • New! Vaccines, proof of vaccination, and testing for unvaccinated guests are no longer required on cruises of 15 nights or less. Voyages 16 nights and longer will continue to have vaccination and testing requirements that are specific to the itinerary. Rules for Carnival cruises in Australia are stricter. For more info, click here

Celebrity Cruises

  • New! Unvaccinated guests are welcome and are not required to test except when sailing to Australia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Grand Turk, Galapagos, and on Transatlantic & Transpacific sailings. For more information, click here.

Costa Cruises

  • New! All guests who are under the age of five or immunized against Covid-19 will no longer be required to take a pre-boarding antigen test for cruises in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Certain itineraries will continue to have vaccination and testing requirements that are specific to the itinerary. For more info, click here

Cunard Line

  • Vaccinated guests on most voyages no longer have to test. Only 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 sailings of 16 nights or more and other specific voyages.
  • All guests aged 18 years and over will need to be fully vaccinated. On these standard voyages, any guests aged five – 17 years who are not fully vaccinated will require a negative lateral flow/antigen test to be taken within three days prior to embarkation. All unvaccinated guests between five and 11 years must take a complimentary antigen test (in addition to their pre-cruise PCR test) once they arrive at the terminal.
  • Some holidays will have enhanced testing requirements due to the length of cruise, ports of call, or the ship’s onward destination. All guests aged 5 years and over sailing on these more complex itineraries will be required to have an observed or in-person lateral flow/antigen test within two days of embarkation and provide a fit-to-travel certificate prior to departure. All guests aged 12 years and over must also be fully vaccinated on these holidays.
  • Guests under five years of age remain exempt from pre-travel vaccination and testing.
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Disney Cruise Line

  • New! Unvaccinated guests are welcome on Disney Cruise Line.
  • New! For sailings departing from the United States, Disney Cruise Line will no longer require guests to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to sailing. 
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Emerald Cruises

  • All passengers must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination administered at least 14 days prior to the trip.
  • New! For cruises departing March 18, 2023, or later, proof of vaccination will no longer be required.

Holland America Line

  • All guests are welcome – regardless of vaccination status – and vaccination and testing requirements have been lifted on most voyages. This applies to itineraries to all destinations except where local government regulations require enhanced protocols. For more information, click here.

Hurtigruten

  • Antarctica cruises embarking in Ushuaia or Punta Arenas: All passengers ages 12 and older must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination administered at least two weeks prior to embarkation. All guests must also take a COVID-19 test arranged by Hurtigruten before the charter flight from Buenos Aires or Santiago at the start of the trip.
  • Antarctica cruises embarking in Valparaiso: All passengers ages 12 and older must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination administered at least two weeks prior to embarkation. All guests must also take a COVID-19 test at embarkation.
  • Galapagos expedition cruises: All guests aged 3 years and over must show proof that they have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination series.
  • Other expedition cruises: All passengers ages 12 and older must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination administered at least two weeks prior to embarkation.
  • Norwegian coastal sailings on non-expedition vessels: No vaccination or testing requirements for any passengers.

MSC

  • New! For Guests Sailing From U.S. Ports: Vaccination and pre-cruise testing are not required, on most cruises. For guests sailing from a U.S. port with stops in Cartagena, Colombia: Vaccination is recommended but not required. Vaccinated guests are not required to test for COVID-19 prior to their vacation. Unvaccinated guests ages 5 years old or older are required to submit a negative test at embarkation.
  • New! For Guests Sailing From Non-U.S. Ports: Vaccination is recommended, but not required, on most cruises. Vaccinated guests are not required to test for COVID-19 prior to their vacation. Unvaccinated guests are required to submit a negative test at embarkation.

Norwegian Cruise Line

  • New! NCL has removed ALL COVID-19 testing, masking, and vaccination requirements – for ALL guests (vaccinated or non-vaccinated). A small number of countries still require visiting cruise passengers to be vaccinated and/or tested and any voyages that visit these countries must follow these requirements. For more info, click here.

Oceania Cruises

  • Unvaccinated guests age 12 and over are welcome onboard sailings embarking from the U.S. They will be required to show proof of a medically-supervised negative PCR or Antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to embarkation. Guests under age 12 do not need to be vaccinated or take a pre-cruise test.
  • Vaccinated travelers of any age do not need a pre-cruise test to embark. Boosters are not required.
  • A small number of countries still require visiting cruise passengers to be vaccinated and/or tested and any voyages that visit these countries must follow these requirements. For more info, click here.

P&O Cruises

  • All guests aged 18 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 aged 17 years and under are not required to be vaccinated.
  • Guests aged 5-17 years who are not fully vaccinated will need to take a COVID 19 lateral flow/antigen test in the three days before, or on the day of departure.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

  • Paul Gauguin no longer requires pre-embarkation testing. 
  • All guests must be fully vaccinated. When the traveler is over 18 years old, in order for the vaccination schedule to be recognized as complete beyond 9 months, they must have received an additional dose (booster).
  • For more information, click here.

Ponant

  • Passengers aged 17 and older must be fully vaccinated which is defined as three doses of mRNA vaccine. Teenagers ages 12 to 16 must have received at least one dose of an approved vaccine. Children aged 11 and younger are not required to be vaccinated.
  • Prior to boarding, all passengers must have taken an EU-recognized (PCR/NAAT test) and received a negative result less than 3 days prior to boarding.
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Princess

  • All guests are welcome – regardless of vaccination status – and vaccination and testing requirements have been lifted on most voyages. This applies to itineraries to all destinations except where local government regulations require enhanced protocols. For more information, click here.

Quark Expeditions

  • All passengers must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination and a booster shot administered more than 14 days prior to embarkation.
  • Proof of recovery from a COVID-19 infection in the 90 days prior to embarkation is accepted in lieu of the booster shot requirement. A booster shot or proof of recovery is not needed if the vaccination series was completed within the 150 days before embarkation.
  • Passengers will no longer be required to test for COVID-19 prior to departure or upon embarkation. 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

  • Unvaccinated guests age 12 and over are welcome onboard sailings embarking from the U.S. They will be required to show proof of a medically-supervised negative PCR or Antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to embarkation. Guests under age 12 do not need to be vaccinated or take a pre-cruise test.
  • Vaccinated travelers of any age do not need a pre-cruise test to embark. Boosters are not required.
  • A small number of countries still require visiting cruise passengers to be vaccinated and/or tested and any voyages that visit these countries must follow these requirements. For more info, click here.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

  • The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection welcomes all guests regardless of vaccination status.
  • At this time, pre-voyage testing is not required for guests with proof of vaccination, unless local regulations stipulate otherwise.
  • Unvaccinated travelers may board the yacht with a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within three (3) days prior to embarkation. 

Royal Caribbean International

  • New! Unvaccinated guests are welcome and are not required to test except when sailing to Austrailia or Colombia, and on Transatlantic sailings. For more information, click here.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

  • All passengers must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination administered at least 14 days prior to the trip.
  • New! For cruises on Scenic Eclipse I departing May 1, 2023, or later and cruises on Scenic Eclipse II departing April 1, 2023, or later, proof of vaccination will no longer be required.

Seabourn

  • All guests are welcome – regardless of vaccination status – and vaccination and testing requirements have been lifted on most voyages. This applies to itineraries to all destinations except where local government regulations require enhanced protocols. Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

SeaDream Yacht Club

  • Unvaccinated travelers are welcome on SeaDream wherever local regulations allow.
  • SeaDream no longer requires a test to board, but some countries may require proof of a PCR or antigen test prior to arrival.

Silversea Cruises

  • New! Unvaccinated travelers are welcome on Silversea wherever local regulations allow. 
  • Vaccinated travelers are not required to take a COVID-19 test prior to embarkation.
  • Unvaccinated travelers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test within 72 hours prior to embarkation.
  • Testing and vaccination requirements may differ for select destinations based on local regulations, including but not limited to Australia. Where tests are required, all guests must provide proof of a negative test result (printed or digital) at embarkation and should travel with a copy of their test result. 
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Star Clippers

  • Covid 19 vaccinations are no longer mandatory to board Star Clippers’ ships.
  • Star Clippers’ passengers who are fully vaccinated with, at least, all COVID-19 primary series vaccine doses completed at least 14 days prior to embarkation (Pfizer, Moderna, Astrazeneca) or 4 weeks prior for Johnson & Johnson, will no longer be required to present a negative antigen or PCR test
  • Non vaccinated passengers should present a negative antigen test, performed within 48 hours of embarkation, or a negative RT-PCR test, performed within 72 hours of embarkation. The test must be administered by an authorized party ( laboratory or pharmacy ). Home/self tests are not accepted.
  • All guests are required to have travel insurance.

Viking

  • Viking does not require a pre-departure COVID-19 test—unless one is required by the destination.
  • All passengers must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination administered at least 14 days prior to embarkation. Booster requirements vary by country and may be required on some voyages.
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Windstar Cruises

  • Windstar will no longer require a pre-cruise COVID-19 test for embarking guests (unless required by one of the countries on the itinerary). Currently these countries require a pre-cruise test: Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination completed at least 14 days prior to the guest's embarkation. For some countries in Europe and Tahiti, your last COVID-19 vaccination shot is required to be within a specified time period, usually within the last 270 days.
  • For more information, click here.