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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.
 
Due to local health regulations, stricter vaccination and/or testing requirements are still in place for voyages departing from or visiting certain countries so we strongly 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

  • All passengers who are vaccinated are required to complete a health declaration certifying their vaccination status. A limited number of unvaccinated passengers are allowed. No pre-cruise testing is required for any passengers.

American Queen Voyages

  • All passengers must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination administered at least two weeks prior to the trip.

Azamara

  • New! 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.
  • New! 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! Unvaccinated guests are welcome and are no longer required to apply for a vaccine exemption, except for cruises in Australia or on voyages 16 nights and longer.
  • New! Pre-cruise testing is no longer required for vaccinated guests, except for cruises to Bermuda, Greece and Australia (per local guidelines), and on voyages 16 nights or longer.
  • New! Unvaccinated guests or those who do not provide proof of vaccination must present a negative PCR or antigen test taken within three days of embarkation.
  • New! Guests under the age of 12 are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements from Australia.
  • New! Voyages 16 nights and longer will continue to have vaccination and testing requirements that are specific to the itinerary.   
  • For more info, click here

Celebrity Cruises

  • New! Unvaccinated guests departing on most sailings from the U.S. and Europe are welcome as long as they meet local testing requirements to board. Children under 12 years of age do not need to test prior to boarding.
  • New! All commercially available tests, including unsupervised self-tests, are accepted in most destinations (Bermuda and Greece have stricter testing requirements).
  • New! For U.S. sailings 9 nights or less, fully vaccinated guests no longer need to test to board (excluding sailings that visit Bermuda). On sailings 10 nights or longer, all guests must present a negative COVID-19 test result from any commercially available test, including unsupervised self-tests, within 3 days of boarding. Tests can be presented as a printout, screenshot or photo of the test result or the actual test. Children under 5 years of ages do not need to test prior to boarding.
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Costa Cruises

  • All guests aged 2 years and older will be asked to present an official negative COVID-19 antigen test result (or Rapid NAAT or RT-PCR test) prior to boarding, which must be taken within 48 hours before the boarding time.
  • If your itinerary departs from a Greek port, then your antigen test must be taken within 24 hours before the boarding time.
  • Guests ages 12 and older must attest to their immunization status against COVID-19 online prior to departure if one of the following are true: a) COVID-19 vaccination with 2 or more doses, b) recovery from COVID-19 and at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccination after recovery, c) COVID-19 vaccination with 1 or more doses + recovery, or c) recovered from COVID-19.
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Cunard Line

  • New! 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! Beginning October 14, 2022, for Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and Disney Wish sailings and Nov. 7, 2022 for Disney Magic sailings, unvaccinated guests are welcome on Disney Cruise Line.
  • New! All guests ages 5 years and older who are not fully vaccinated (Unvaccinated Guests) will need to submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 1-2 days before the sail date. Guests ages 4 years of age and younger do not require testing.
  • New! Beginning Nov. 7, 2022, for sailings aboard the Disney Magic, fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to participate in COVID-19 testing in order to sail.
  • New! Unvaccinated guests will no longer be required to complete a second COVID-19 test at the terminal on embarkation day. Acceptable vaccines and testing information for Guests ages 11 and younger can be found in the Know Before You Go section of DisneyCruise.com.
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Holland America Line

  • New! For most voyages up to 15 nights, vaccinated guests no longer have to test before cruising and unvaccinated guests are welcome with a self-test within three days of sailing. The new protocols do not apply to itineraries for countries where local regulations may vary, including Australia and Greece.
  • New! For cruises up to 15 nights (Ages 5 and older, not including full Panama Canal transits, trans-ocean and designated remote voyages): 1) Vaccinated guests must provide evidence of vaccination status prior to embarkation. Pre-cruise testing is no longer required; 2) Unvaccinated guests are welcome aboard and must provide results of a negative medically supervised or self-test taken within three days of embarkation.
  • New! For cruises 16 nights or longer (plus full Panama Canal transit, trans-ocean and designated remote voyages, ages 5 and older): 1) All guests will be required to submit a medically supervised COVID-19 test with written negative result. The test must be taken within three days of embarkation; 2) Guests must be vaccinated or request an exemption. 
  • Rules may vary by country. 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.
  • 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! Unvaccinated guests are welcome on cruises departing from U.S. ports that sail to the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
  • New! Pre-cruise testing is no longer required for fully vaccinated guests on U.S. departures.
  • New! Unvaccinated guests are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen) taken within 3 days of embarkation. Requirements for non-U.S. residents remain unchanged.
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

Norwegian Cruise Line

  • New! For sailings beginning 10/4, NCL is removing ALL COVID-19 testing, masking, and vaccination requirements – for ALL guests (vaccinated or non-vaccinated).  
  • Stricter vaccination and/or testing requirements are still in place for other countries. For more info, click here.

Oceania Cruises

  • New! 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.
  • New! Vaccinated travelers of any age do not need a pre-cruise test to embark. Boosters are not required.
  • Stricter vaccination and/or testing requirements are still in place for other countries. For more info, click here.

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. A second booster vaccination is not required.
  • 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. The definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is having completed an approved (by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), European Medicines Agency (EMA) or the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL)) two-dose COVID-19 vaccination course, or the approved single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine (plus a booster if applicable).
  • 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.

Paul Gauguin Cruises

  • New! 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

  • New! Vaccinated guests sailing on voyages of less than 16 days will no longer have to test before boarding and only need to upload proof of vaccination while getting OceanReady.
  • New! Unvaccinated guests, or those who do not provide proof of vaccination, on those itineraries will self-test within three days of sailing and upload proof of a negative test before boarding.  
  • New! No pre-cruise testing for vaccinated guests on voyages of up to 15 nights (guests 5 and older) with the exception of full Panama Canal transits, trans-ocean and other special itineraries; unvaccinated guests must provide a negative self-test result taken within three days of embarkation (unvaccinated children under 5 years do not require pre-cruise testing).
  • New! Guests sailing on voyages 16 nights or longer, or sailing on full Panama Canal transits, trans-ocean and other specific itineraries, need to take a supervised test within three days of embarkation (guests 5 and older). Guests on these types of voyages will be contacted directly by an Ocean Navigator to assist. 
  • These new guidelines apply to itineraries from all departure ports except where government regulations and protocols may vary like Greece and Australia.
  • Rules may vary by country. 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.
  • All passengers must also provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the three days prior to the start of the itinerary.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

  • New! 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.
  • New! Vaccinated travelers of any age do not need a pre-cruise test to embark. Boosters are not required.
  • Stricter vaccination and/or testing requirements are still in place for other countries. For more info, click here.

Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

  • All guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks prior to boarding the yacht.
  • Children ages five years and older are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to sail.
  • Children under the age of five and ineligible to be vaccinated will be permitted to sail, on the condition that they follow testing requirements.
  • Guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding. In addition, guests will be required to take a complimentary COVID-19 test at the time of check-in and may be asked to periodically undergo testing throughout the voyage. Disembarkation tests will be offered as a convenience for guests in order to fulfill any requirements needed for their post-voyage travels.
  • Guests booked on consecutive voyages will be required to take a COVID-19 test prior to the start of each subsequent voyage.

Royal Caribbean International

  • New! Unvaccinated guests are welcome on all sailings from the U.S Grand Cayman will now allow unvaccinated guests to disembark in port.
  • New! For U.S. sailings of 9 nights or less, unvaccinated guests ages 5 years and older must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no earlier than 3 days prior to sailing. Fully vaccinated guests do not need to test for these sailings. Accepted tests are FDA-approved PCR or antigen tests, including unsupervised self-tests. Proof of a negative test can be the printed or digital results, a clear photo of the self-test result, or the actual self-test in hand. (Bermuda has stricter testing requirements).
  • New! For U.S. sailings of 10 nights or more, all guests ages 5 years and older must present a negative COVID-19 test result taken no earlier than 3 days prior to sailing. Proof of a negative test can be the printed or digital results, a clear photo of the self-test result, or the actual self-test in hand. (Bermuda has stricter testing requirements).
  • New! Unvaccinated guests are welcome on all European and UK itineraries. Testing for sailings departing Greece, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands and the U.K. varies by country. 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.
  • All passengers must also provide either a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the three days period to embarkation or a negative Antigen test taken within the two days prior to embarkation.

Seabourn

  • New! For most voyages up to 15 nights, vaccinated guests no longer have to test before cruising and unvaccinated guests are welcome with a self-test within three days of sailing. The new protocols do not apply to itineraries for countries where local regulations may vary, including Australia and Greece.
  • New! For cruises up to 15 nights (Ages 5 and older, not including full Panama Canal transits, trans-ocean and designated remote voyages): 1) Vaccinated guests must provide evidence of vaccination status prior to embarkation. Pre-cruise testing is no longer required; 2) Unvaccinated guests are welcome aboard and must provide results of a negative medically supervised or self-test taken within three days of embarkation.
  • New! For cruises 16 nights or longer (plus full Panama Canal transit, trans-ocean and designated remote voyages, ages 5 and older): 1) All guests will be required to submit a medically supervised COVID-19 test with written negative result. The test must be taken within three days of embarkation; 2) Guests must be vaccinated or request an exemption. 
  • Rules may vary by country. For more information, click here.

SeaDream Yacht Club

  • New! Unvaccinated travelers are welcome on SeaDream wherever local regulations allow.
  • New! 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. 
  • New! Vaccinated travelers are not required to take a COVID-19 test prior to embarkation.
  • New! 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 and Greece. 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

  • All passengers must have proof of full COVID-19 vaccination administered at least 14 days prior to the trip (or 28 days for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Any passengers who received their last vaccination dose more than nine months before departure must also present proof of having received a booster shot.
  • All guests must also provide a negative antigen test taken within the 24 hours prior to boarding. Any passengers who arrive without a negative test will be given an antigen test at the port before embarkation.
  • All guests are required to have travel insurance.

Viking

  • New! 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

  • New! 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: Greece, 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.