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COVID-19 travel information

International and domestic cruises have returned and are now successfully sailing with newly introduced safety measures to ensure your cruise is safe. Flexible booking policies are also still in place, so you can have the confidence and peace of mind when making your booking.  

Vaccination and testing policies have been introduced across every cruise line. You can check up to date policy information directly from your cruise line's website using the links below.

Whilst out phone lines remain busy you can also speak to an agent LIVE using the chat function on this page. For further queries relating to the below information and other coronavirus-related questions, please see our dedicated FAQs section

 

Vaccinations

Most cruise lines now require all guests to be double vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing and often a booster. Proof of your double vaccination status will be required for boarding and must be from an approved source, like the NHS Covid Pass.

Vaccination requirements for each cruise line

Cruise Line

Cruise

Vaccination policy Summary

More information

P&O Cruises

All Sailings

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.A booster is required if the last day of your cruise is more than 270 days (180 days if travelling to Italy) since the full completion of a vaccination course. Booster required a minimum of seven days prior to travel. Guests under five years of age are exempt from pre-travel vaccination and testing.

P&O Cruises policy

P&O Cruises Vaccine and Testing Policy FAQ's

Cunard

 

To 14 May 2022 on Queen Elizabeth

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for guests of all ages. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.

Cunard policy

Cunard Sailings from 24 April 2022 onboard Queen Mary 2, from 30th May onboard Queen Elizabeth and from 5 June 2022 onboard Queen Victoria Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. If more than 270 days have elapsed since the second vaccine then a booster vaccine will also be required. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.If more than 270 days (calculated from the day of disembarkation from the voyage) 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. Cunard policy

Princess Cruises

All sailings from Southampton or Europe

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 5. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure. Some exceptions are available for those ineligible for a vaccine.

Princess Cruises policy

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Sailing from Southampton

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. If more than 270 days have elapsed since the second vaccine then a booster vaccine will also be required. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.

Royal Caribbean policy

Royal Caribbean Cruises Sailings from Barcelona, Rome or Copenhagen Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.Kids ages 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests. Royal Caribbean strongly recommend having a booster if you final primary vaccine was longer than 270 days ago (180 for Italy) as this may impact which ports you are able to visit. Royal Caribbean policy

Celebrity Cruises

Sailing to Alaska Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.

Celebrity Cruises policy

Celebrity Cruises Sailing from Southampton or Italy Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.Guests who had their last dose, more than 270 days ago (9 months) are highly recommended to have a booster vaccine. Guests that were double vaccinated, more than 270 days ago may be subject to more restrictions such as additional testing/or it may impact their ability to go ashore independently. Celebrity Cruises policy

MSC Cruises

Sailings to Northern Europe

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. If more than 270 days have elapsed since the second vaccine then a booster vaccine will also be required. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.

MSC Cruises policy

MSC Cruises Sailings to Mediterranean Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. If more than 6 months have elapsed since the second vaccine then a booster vaccine will also be required. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure. MSC Cruises policy
MSC Cruises All other sailings Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure. MSC Cruises policy

Norwegian Cruise Line

Sailings to or from non-US ports

 

 Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure. Unvaccinated children aged 11 and under are welcomed onboard but guest should be aware of any local protocols in destinations being visited.

Norwegian Cruise Line policy

Marella Cruises

Sailings from Majorca or Corfu

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12. If more than 270 days have elapsed since the second vaccine then a booster vaccine will also be required. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.

Marella Cruises policy

Marella Cruises Sailings from Dubrovnik Mandatory double vaccinations are required for guests of all ages.If more than 270 days have elapsed since the second vaccine then a booster vaccine will also be required. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.
Your NHS COVID Pass can be used to prove your vaccination status.
Marella Cruises policy

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

All sailings

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for guests of all ages.Guests must also have had the equivalent of a third 'booster' vaccination. Guests must have received their last vaccination 7+ days before departure. Guests over 12 years, who have received their second vaccine within 3 months of departure will be exempt from requiring the booster.

Fred. Olsen Cruises policy

Ambassador Cruise Line

All sailings

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 12.Guests must also have had the equivalent of a third 'booster' vaccination. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.Children aged 12-17 years, do not need to have had a booster vaccination.

Ambassador Cruise Line policy

Disney Cruise Line

All sailings  Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 5. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.

Disney Cruise Line policy

Virgin Voyages

All sailings

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for guests of all ages. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.

Virgin Voyages policy

Hurtigruten

All sailings

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for guests of all ages. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.

Hurtigruten policy

Azamara

All sailings

Mandatory double vaccinations are required for all guests over the age of 5. A booster vaccination is also required for anyone who is eligible. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure.

Azamara Cruises policy

Carnival All sailings Mandatory double vaccinations are required for guests of all ages. Guests must have received their last vaccination 14+ days before departure. Carnival policy

 

Testing requirements 

1. Testing requirements: destination entry requirements for fly cruises

If you are flying internaionally to join your cruise then you will need to consider the entry requirments for the country you are arriving into. This includes vaccination, testing and documentation requirments set out by each individual country. Please check the government FCO site for details on the country you are flying into. If you are travelling with a printed PDF proof of vaccination status, it must date from 1 November to ensure that the certificate can be scanned successfully.

2. Testing requirements: Boarding your cruise

Cruise Line

Cruise

Details

P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises Vaccine and Testing Policy FAQ's

Mediterranean Fly-cruises to 30 Sep 2022 Vaccinated guests aged 5 and over are required to take a antigen test within 24 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests aged 5-11 are required to take a PCR test within 72 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included.Unvaccinated guests will be required to present a negative antigen test result taken within 24 hours. Each guest aged five years and above £15 per person on-board spending money as a goodwill gesture which will automatically be applied to the on-board account.
All other sailings to 30th Sep 2022 All guests aged 5 and over are required to take a antigen test within 24 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests aged 5-11 are required to take a antigen test within at the port before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is complimentary.Guests under five years of age are exempt from pre-travel vaccination and testing.

Cunard

 

To 17 May 2022 on Queen Elizabeth


Complimentary pre-embarkation Covid-19 tests will be required at the terminal.
Cunard Sailings from 24 April 2022 onboard Queen Mary 2, from 30th May onboard Queen Elizabeth and from 5 June 2022 onboard Queen Victoria All guests aged 5 and over are required to take a antigen test within 24 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests aged 5-11 are required to take a antigen test within at the port before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is complimentary.Children aged four years and under are currently exempt from pre-travel vaccination and testing policies.
Princess Cruises All sailings from Southampton or Europe Vaccinated guests are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 48 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Guests who are boosted can take a test within 72 hours. Antigen tests will be available to purchase and take before embarkation for fully vaccinated guests.

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Sailing from Rome

Vaccinated guests are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests aged 2-11 are required to take a antigen test within at the port before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is complimentary.Guests aged 12 and up who have not had a booster, or received their final primary vaccination more than 180 days prior, are required to take a test at the terminal at their own expense of $55 USD.Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.
Sailing from Southampton Vaccinated guests are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 48 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is .Kids ages 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests. Guests under 2 do not have any testing requirements.
Sailing from Copenhagen Vaccinated guests are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 48 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests aged 2-11 are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included.Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.
Sailing from Barcelona Vaccinated guests are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 48 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included.Guests who have not had a booster, or received their final primary vaccination more than 270 days prior, are required to take an PCR or antigen test within 1 day of sailing.
Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

Celebrity Cruises

Sailing to Alaska

Vaccinated guests are required to take a antigen test within 48 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests are required to take a PCR test within 72 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included.Unvaccinated guests will also have to pay for and take an antigen test at the Terminal prior to boarding. Celebrity will cover the costs for children who are not eligible to be vaccinated. The PCR & antigen test may not be taken on the same day.

Celebrity Cruises Sailing from Southampton Vaccinated guests aged 2 and older are required to take a antigen test within 48 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Guests who have not had a booster, or received their final primary vaccination more than 270 days prior, are required to take an antigen test within 1 day of sailing if visiting Spain.
Celebrity Cruises Sailing from Rome or Ravenna Vaccinated guests are required to take a antigen test within 24 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is complimentary. Guests who have not had a booster, or received their final primary vaccination more than 270 days prior, are required to take and pay for the antigen test at the port instead of the pre-arrival test.

MSC Cruises

Sailing to Northern Europe

All guests over 2 years old will need to show results of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours before embarkation. All guests over the age of 2 will also have to undergo an antigen test at the terminal upon embarkation, as well as a second test during the cruise.

Sailing to Mediterranean All guests over 2 years old will need to show results of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 48 hours before embarkation. All guests over the age of 2 will also have to undergo an antigen test at the terminal upon embarkation, as well as a second test during the cruise.

Norwegian Cruise Line

All sailings to or from non-US ports

Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older are required to take a PCR or antigen test within 24 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included. Unvaccinated guests aged under 12 are required to take a PCR test within 72 hours before sailing and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included.The COVID-19 antigen or PCR test must be administered by a verified third party. 

Marella Cruises

Sailings from Majorca or Dubrovnik All guests are required to take a antigen test after 21:00 the day before you are due to fly, but before checking-in for your outbound flight at your UK airport and provide proof of a negative result. The cost of this test is not included.
Marella Cruises Sailings from Corfu Guests aged 5-11 will need to be either fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival into Greece or proof of a negative antigen (rapid flow) from an authorised laboratory taken within 24 hours of arrival into Greece. All guests are also required to complete an antigen test to be taken after 21:00 the day before you are due to fly, but before checking in for your flight at the airport.

Azamara Cruises

All sailings

Guests are to present a negative test at the terminal no older than 72 hours before embarkation for PCR tests or within 1 day for antigen tests. Antigen tests are available to purchase at the port if required. 

You will also be required to fill in a pre-embarkation health declaration form before you board and some form of pre-boarding test can be expected. Requirements vary from cruise line to cruise line, but all passengers will be advised prior to travel in case of any amends. More information can be found on the cruise line pages and please check the cruise line’s website for the latest information

Testing requirements: Return Home tests - updated 18/03/2022

Travellers are no longer required to take a test once they return to the UK.  Passenger Locator Forms are also no longer required.

Other documentation to check

  • Passport: You will need a minimum of 6 months validity on your passport
  • COVID-19 specific insurance. The following cruise lines require proof of specific COVD-19 coverage in your policy
    • P&O Cruises
    • Cunard
    • Princess
    • Azamara Cruises
    • Marella Cruises
    • MSC Cruises

Going ashore

In most cases you will be able to go ashore on your cruise however, as each destination has varying health protocols, local restrictions may mean you can only go ashore if booked onto a cruise line run shore excursion. Your cruise line will provided further detail on shore excursions closer to your departure however it is recommended that you book onto shore excursions as soon as possible. Your cruise line will advise you of any vaccination and/or testing requirements for any countries being visited. 

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