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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. More information can be found in the cruise line information pages on our website. For international cruises there are also additional destination entry requirements and government policies for returning to the UK to consider. This is required for all cruises travelling internationally, even if you do not take a flight.  

Vaccinations

Most cruise lines now require all guests to be double vaccinated at least 14 days prior to sailing. Proof of your double vaccination status will be required for boarding and must be from an approved source, like the NHS Covid Pass. You will also need to consider the vaccination policy for any international countries you are visiting. 

Vaccination requirements for each cruise line

Cruise Line

Cruise

Double vaccination required over 18

Double vaccination required under 18

P&O Cruises

Sailings to the Caribbean to March 2022

YES

YES

All other sailings to 27th March

YES

NO

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Anthem of the Seas

YES

NO

Jewel of the Seas

YES

NO

Harmony of the Seas

YES

NO

Marella Cruises

Departure to 31st Oct 2021

YES

NO

From 01 Nov - 30 Apr 2022

YES

YES - for 16 years and older

MSC Cruises

International sailings

YES

YES for 12 years and older

Princess Cruises

All sailings

YES

YES

Cunard

From 13 Oct - 17 Apr 2022 on Queen Mary 2

From 13 Oct - 17 May 2022 on Queen Elizabeth

YES

YES

Celebrity Cruises

Silhouette

YES

NO

Apex

YES

YES

Saga Cruises

All sailings

YES

N/A

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

All 2021 sailings

YES

YES

Disney Cruise Line

All sailings

YES

NO

Virgin Voyages

All sailings

YES

N/A

Norwegian Cruise Line

All sailings

YES

YES

Hurtigruten

All sailings

NO

NO

Azamara

All sailings

YES

Yes for 12 years and older

 

Testing requirements

There are additional testing requirements at three or four stages of your holiday. You will need to meet requirments for all stages. 

  1. Before you board your flight (fly cruises only) (PCR or lateral flow depending on the country requirements - see below - these can be booked here using IGLU02  
  2. Before you board your cruise ship (PCR or lateral flow depending on the cruise line requirements - see below)  
  3. Day 2 after you return home to the UK (PCR until 23rd Oct 2021, lateral flow from 24th Oct 2021)

There may be additional testing required when you leave the ship in port.

From the 4th of October 2021 returning double vaccinated travellers are no longer required to take a pre-departure test when returning from a non-red status country.

1. Testing requirements: destination entry requirments 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. For any country not listed below please check the government FCO site for details. For international no-fly cruises sailing out of the UK, your cruise line will provide information for you regarding entry requirments for countries being visited on your cruise.

Country

Vaccination requirements for no quarantine

Testing requirements

Documentation requirements

Cyprus

No quarantine required for visitors who can provide proof of a double vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival. PCR test required for unvaccinated visitors.

Unvaccinated visitors must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival.

Cyprus Flight Pass to be completed 48 hours prior to arrival in Cyprus

Italy

Travellers from the UK can enter Italy without being required to quarantine if you have proof of double vaccination. Children under 18 will not be required to quarantine if (for those over the age of 6) they have a negative PCR or antigen test.

You must present the airline with a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 48 hours before travel. Children under 6 are exempt from testing.

Before travelling you must complete an Passenger Locator Form.

Spain

No quarantine required for visitors who can provide proof of a double vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival. Non-vaccinated visitors over the age of 12 must provide a negative test result.

Unvaccinated visitors over the age of 12 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival.

All passengers must complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel.

Greece

No quarantine required for visitors who can provide proof of a double vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival. Non-vaccinated visitors over the age of 12 must provide a negative test result.

Unvaccinated visitors over the age of 12 must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, undertaken within the 72 hour period before arrival into Greece; or Proof of a negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test from an authorised laboratory, undertaken within the 48 hour period before your arrival into Greece.

Before arrival you must complete a Passenger Locator Form

Barbados

No quarantine required for visitors who can provide proof of a double vaccination at least 14 days prior to arrival.

All visitors must present on arrival a valid COVID-19 PCR negative test result taken no more than 72 hours in advance of your arrival. Cruise lines will have PCR tests available to purchase onboard if you are already sailing in this 72 hour period.

Before arrival you must complete a Passenger Locator Form

2. Testing requirements: Boarding your cruise

Cruise Line

Cruise

Details

P&O Cruises

All sailings to the Caribbean including visiting Barbados

All guests on a Caribbean fly-cruise will need to organise a private PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel. They will present the negative PCR result at the airport as well as complete a complimentary antigen test at the airport (that will be organised by P&O Cruises). Results for the antigen test can take up to an hour so please leave plenty of time. For guests setting sail in Southampton for a Caribbean cruise, they will complete a complimentary antigen test at the terminal and must pay for a PCR test on board within 72 hours of arriving in the Caribbean.

From 13 Oct - 27th March

If you are travelling with children aged between 5 and 17 years old who are not vaccinated, they will need to take a PCR test within 120 hours prior to travelling to the terminal (the cost of which will be complimentary). Please register with P&O's service provider, Prenetics, 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 your embarkation date.

Royal Caribbean Cruises

Anthem of the Seas

All guests must bring a negative result of a PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 3 days of sailing. Royal Caribbean will email instructions on how to register for your complimentary test approximately 14-18 days before your cruise. In addition, unvaccinated guests aged 2-17 years will be required to take a complimentary rapid antigen test on arrival at the cruise terminal and receive a negative result.

Guests under the age of 2 have no testing requirement.

Jewel of the Seas

All guests aged 2 and older must take a complimentary rapid antigen test at the terminal in Limassol and receive a negative result in order to sail. Royal Caribbean will email instructions on how to register in advance approximately 14-18 days before your cruise.

Harmony of the Seas

All guests aged 2 and older must take a complimentary rapid antigen test at the terminal in Barcelona and receive a negative result in order to sail. Royal Caribbean will email instructions on how to register in advance approximately 14-18 days before your cruise.

Marella Cruises

All sailings

Negative lateral flow test required before boarding. Provided at the port by the cruise line. If your cruise is international, Marella Cruises have partnered with Chronomics to arrange all testing requirements (pre-boarding, pre-departure and Day 2 return)

MSC Cruises

Northern Europe

All guests over 2 years old will need to show results of a negative PCR 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.

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.

Princess Cruises

All sailings from the UK

All guests are to produce a negative antigen test. This will be provided for you at the port.

Cunard

To 13 Oct 2021

Negative lateral flow test required before boarding. Provided at the port by the cruise line.

From 13 Oct - 17 Apr 2022 on Queen Mary 2

From 13 Oct - 17 May 2022 on Queen Elizabeth


Complimentary pre-embarkation Covid-19 tests will be required at the terminal.

Celebrity Cruises

Silhouette

All guests, regardless of age, are required to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of sail date. Additionally, children aged 17 and under are required to take an antigen test at the terminal prior to embarkation, and on the day before disembarkation. The required PCR tests for Covid-19 and antigen tests for sailings on Celebrity Silhouette will be provided at the expense of Celebrity Cruises.

Apex

Celebrity will administer a complimentary antigen test at the terminal to all guests 6 months and older. On some sailings, unvaccinated?children under the age of 12, will be required to take a complimentary PCR test that takes about 40 minutes to complete.

An antigen test is required for?re-entry into Greece. The test will be administered free of charge by our medical staff on?board prior to debarkation. Additional home country test requirements will be administered onboard free of charge.

Saga Cruises

All sailings

Negative lateral flow test required before boarding. Provided at the port by the cruise line.

Fred. Olsen Cruise Line

All sailings

Negative lateral flow test required before boarding. Provided at the port by the cruise line.

Disney Cruise Line

All sailings

Guests 11 years of age and younger must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the Guest) taken between 3 days and 24 hours prior to the date you set sail. The test should be a rapid PCR test or lab-based PCR test. Rapid antigen tests are not accepted. All guests, regardless of age and vaccination status, are also required to take a COVID-19 test administered by Inspire Diagnostics at the terminal before boarding.

Virgin Voyages

All sailings

 

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. Virgin Voyages will pick up the cost of the tests so that they are free of charge to all Sailors.

Norwegian Cruise Line

All sailings

Currently, guests who are residents of the United Kingdom are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test, performed by a third party and taken no more than 72-hours prior to embarkation, upon boarding.

You will also be required to fill in a pre-embarkation health declaration form before you board. 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

3. Testing requirments: Day 2 Return Home PCR test

If you are fully vaccinated and returning from non-red status country you will also need to pre-book a test to take on day 2 of your return to the UK even if you do not take a flight. This must be booked before you depart the UK and proof of booking and purchase must be provided. The test must be booked through a government approved provider. For travellers arriving home before 24th October 2021 this test must be a PCR test. For travellers arriving home on or after 24th October 2021 this test can be an lateral flow test.

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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