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Here's everything you need to know before your holiday – from vaccination and testing requirements to checking in, and other steps to help ensure a smooth boarding day experience.

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM US HOMEPORTS

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from the US. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Future protocols may require boosters, lowered vaccination ages and changes to testing. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Guests travelling into the US from another country should be sure to look into any requirements that your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests aged 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

Children aged 11 and under do not require a COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. However, kids aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests. If you are cruising with an unvaccinated child, there are some specific health protocols that you will need to be aware of.

Each guest’s regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is according to US CDC guidance, and no exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorised a single-dose regimen for a two-dose vaccine.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine-eligible age.

For guests on cruises that visit Bermuda, note that the local government does not recognise Novovax or Covaxin as approved vaccines – guests whose vaccination series consists of either will not be permitted to go ashore. For additional details, visit our FAQ on Cruises to Bermuda.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQ

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet boarding requirements in line with US CDC guidance.

  • Vaccinated guests must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids aged 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than three days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated kids' pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids' test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

Bermuda Cruises

For guests sailing to Bermuda, additional travel and testing requirements may apply to your sailing. Learn more about this requirement.

International Guests

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Unvaccinated Kids Ages 2 to 11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, unvaccinated kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean's test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, unvaccinated kids will take a complimentary test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are five nights or longer, unvaccinated kids will take a complimentary antigen test onboard before the cruise ends. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Sailings of longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read Detailed Testing FAQ

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet US CDC boarding requirements.

  • Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than two days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated kids aged 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than three days before boarding day. Kids’ pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under two years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Kids Aged 2-11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, kids will take a complimentary PCR test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are five 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.

Guests under two years of age will not be tested.

Sailings longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Document Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is strongly recommended. US citizens that do not have a passport may present a state-certified US Birth Certificate (not a "baby feet" hospital certificate or baptism certificate). Guests aged 16 and older that present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driving Licence or picture ID issued by the government. International guests will need a passport, valid for at least six months after your cruise.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with the final dose of your vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. This is a requirement for all guests aged 12 and older. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.

For guests on cruises travelling to Bermuda:

  • Bermuda Travel Authorisation is required for all travellers aged 2 and older, or their legal guardians when checking in. For additional details, visit our FAQ on Cruises to Bermuda

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQ

Cruise-Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It's required for guests aged 12 and older.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions, especially if your sailing visits a port that requires a tour to go ashore. Ports currently requiring tours are listed in our Going Ashore FAQ.
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important that you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 2 or 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal app.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the terminal within the arrival time slot selected during Royal app check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • For those parties travelling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short waiting time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulations.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations that we visit may require masks. Guests under two years old don’t need to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Dining

In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.

We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitised frequently.

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme Reservations

Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programme is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitised frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days when the ship is in port – just pop into Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or at another time during your cruise.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests can visit most ports of call freely, regardless of vaccination status.

A couple of ports currently require guests to book a shore excursion to go ashore. These tours are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.

Requirements for going ashore are subject to change as circumstances evolve, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQ

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from the Southampton. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. 

Guests travelling into England do not have any entry requirements at this time. This applies whether you are vaccinated or not. To view current entry requirements posted by the UK Government, click here.

Guests travelling into England from another country should be sure to look into any requirements that your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccination per the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

     

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:    

       Pfizer

       Moderna

       Johnson & Johnson

       AstraZeneca

       Nuvaxovid

These standards apply to all guests age 12 and up (or 6 and up for Italy stops). Those who do not meet these standards will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Guests must be prepared to present their vaccination record showing all doses, including their original vaccination series, as well as any booster doses they may have received if applicable. Please make sure your entire cruise trip is within the 9-month window to be considered up to date for all port stops. If your vaccination was more than 9 months ago, you can get a booster with an EMA-authorized vaccine as late as the day before your trip, and be considered up to date by all countries.

Children age 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated and are up to date may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols and testing requirements for up to date guests. For additional details, see the section below.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine eligible age. If a guest from the UK or EU under 18 years of age has a Certificate of Recovery and only one dose of a vaccine series, they are considered fully vaccinated.

All crew onboard the ship are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

All guests sailing from Southampton will need to take one test before boarding, as detailed below. Tests must be supervised with the result provided on a certificate which includes the guest’s name and date of birth. Telehealth tests are accepted, but must be completed with a supervised video visit. All tests are at the guests’ expense.

  • Vaccinated guests who are up to date must show a negative result for an antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Vaccinated guests who are not up to date will have a 1 day window to take this test. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for an antigen test taken no more than 1 day before boarding day.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

eMed Tests Kits for Guests Traveling from the U.S.

Through our testing partners, U.S.-based vaccinated guests may purchase antigen test kits for vaccinated guests that you can complete online with a supervised virtual video visit, wherever you are, 24 hours 7 days a week to meet travel testing requirements for cruise or flight. Learn more

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Not ‘Up to Date’ or Unvaccinated: Additional Testing Required

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQs.

Prior to Disembarking
No testing is required for guests of any age and vaccination status if the cruise debarks in the UK.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Read Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Document Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app with the final dose of your vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. Your record must show all doses, including original vaccination, as well as any booster doses received if applicable. This is a requirement for all guests aged 12 and older. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean app the day before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQ

Cruise-Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It’s required for guests aged 12 and older.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important that you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 1-2 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal app.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the cruise terminal within the arrival time slot you selected during Royal App check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • We will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short waiting time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulations.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations that we visit may require masks. Guests under 2 do not have to wear a mask at any time. These protocols are subject to change.

Dining

In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.

We recommend that you make dining reservations for the Main Dining Room, Windjammer and speciality restaurants via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitised frequently.

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme Reservations

Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programme is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitised frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days when the ship is in port – just pop into Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or at another time during your cruise.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Fully vaccinated guests and unvaccinated kids can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorised vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

For sailings visiting France, guests who are from an Orange List country will not be allowed to visit the port, according to French government regulations. Learn which countries are on the Orange List.

Tours are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.  

Requirements for going ashore are subject to change as circumstances evolve, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQ

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from the Copenhagen. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Future protocols may require boosters, lowered vaccination ages and changes to testing. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Guests travelling into Denmark from another country should be sure to look into any requirements that your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

On arrival, all guests from non-EU or Schengen countries must present a negative Covid-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of their flight departure time.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests aged 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend that guests be 'up to date' on their COVID-19 vaccination according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:    

       Pfizer

       Moderna

       Johnson & Johnson

       AstraZeneca

       Nuvaxovid

These standards apply to all guests aged 12 and up (or 6 and up for Italy stops). Those who do not meet these standards will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Guests must be prepared to present their vaccination record showing all doses, including their original vaccination series, as well as any booster doses they may have received, if applicable. Please make sure that your entire cruise trip is within the 9-month window to be considered up to date for all port stops. If your vaccination was more than 9 months ago, you can get a booster with an EMA-authorised vaccine as late as the day before your trip, and be considered up to date by all countries.

Children aged 11 and under do not require a COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated and are up to date may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols and testing requirements for up-to-date guests. For additional details, see the section below.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine-eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQ

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

All guests sailing from Denmark will need to take one test before boarding, as detailed below. Tests must be supervised with the result provided on a certificate which includes the guest’s name and date of birth. Telehealth tests are accepted, but must be completed with a supervised video visit. All tests are at the guests’ expense.

  • Vaccinated guests who are up to date must show a negative result for an antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Vaccinated guests who are not up to date will have a 1 day window to take this test. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for an antigen test taken no more than 1 day before boarding day.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

eMed Tests Kits for Guests Traveling from the U.S.

Through our testing partners, U.S.-based vaccinated guests may purchase antigen test kits for vaccinated guests that you can complete online with a supervised virtual video visit, wherever you are, 24 hours 7 days a week to meet travel testing requirements for cruise or flight. Learn more

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQs

Prior to Disembarking
Guests 15 and up that are not up to date with their vaccinations will take an antigen test within two days before disembarkation day. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. The cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of $55 USD per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs.

Guests under two years of age will not be tested.

Sailings longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Document Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is strongly recommended. If you do not have a Passport, you may present a state-certified US Birth Certificate (not a 'baby feet' hospital certificate or baptism certificate). Guests aged 16 and older that present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driving Licence or picture ID issued by the government.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app with the final dose of your vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. This is a requirement for all guests aged 12 and older. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean app the day before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQ

Cruise-Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It’s required for guests aged 12 and older.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions, especially if your sailing visits a port that requires a tour to go ashore. Ports currently requiring tours are listed in our Going Ashore FAQ.
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important that you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 2 or 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal app.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the cruise terminal within the arrival time slot you selected during Royal App check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • We will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short waiting time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulations.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Guests under two years old do not have to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Dining

In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.

If you prefer a buffet, Windjammer will be open to everyone for breakfast and lunch, and the food will be served by our crew.

We recommend that you make dining reservations for the Main Dining Room, Windjammer and speciality restaurants via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitised frequently.

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme Reservations

Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programme is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitised frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days when the ship is in port – just pop into Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or at another time during your cruise.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Fully vaccinated guests and unvaccinated kids can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorised vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

For sailings visiting France, guests who are from an Orange List country will not be allowed to visit the port, according to French government regulations. Learn which countries are on the Orange List.

Tours are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.  

Requirements for going ashore are subject to change as circumstances evolve, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQ

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM ITALY

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Italy. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

Guests traveling into Italy from another country should be sure to look into any requirements your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders. 

All guests age 6 and above must present their EU Digital COVID Certificate or, for non-EU citizens, an equivalent green COVID-19 certification issued by your country’s health authorities, certifying one of the following: completed vaccination cycle with a vaccine recognized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), full recovery from COVID-19, a negative molecular or antigenic test result. Learn more.

When travelling to Italy, and in some venues, it is mandatory to wear a FFP2 mask (N95 or KN95 also acceptable).

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

For the best experience on cruises from Italy, we strongly recommend that guests age 6 and up should be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccination per the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your most recent vaccine dose no more than 9 months (270 days) ago. This could have been the final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson), or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Nuvaxovid

These standards apply to all guests age 12 and up (or 6 and up for Italy stops). Those who do not meet these standards will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Guests must be prepared to present their vaccination record showing all doses, including their original vaccination series, as well as any booster doses they may have received if applicable. Please make sure your entire cruise trip is within the 9-month window to be considered up to date for all port stops. If your vaccination was more than 9 months ago, you can get a booster with an EMA-authorized vaccine as late as the day before your trip, and be considered up to date by all countries.

Children age 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated and are up to date may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols and testing requirements for up to date guests. For additional details, see the section below.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

All guests sailing from Italy will need to take one test before boarding, as detailed below. Tests must be supervised with the result provided on a certificate which includes the guest’s name and date of birth. Supervised telehealth tests are accepted, but must be completed with a supervised video visit. All tests are at the guests’ expense.

  • All vaccinated guests must bring a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Guests who are considered unvaccinated will have a 1 day window to take this test.
  • Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

eMed Tests Kits for Travelers
Through our testing partners, U.S.-based vaccinated guests may purchase antigen test kits that you can complete online with a supervised virtual video visit, wherever you are, 24 hours 7 days a week to meet travel testing requirements for cruise or flight. Learn more

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Not ‘Up to Date’ or Unvaccinated: Additional Testing Required

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination or whose vaccine is not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ.

Prior to Disembarking
Unvaccinated guests age 6-11, and vaccinated 12 and older that are not up to date or who are considered unvaccinated by the EMA, the cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of $55 USD per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs. For kids 6-11, any required testing is complimentary.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet US CDC boarding requirements.

  • Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day.
  • 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. Kids’ pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Kids Aged 2-11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, kids will take a complimentary PCR test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are five 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.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Sailings of longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Document Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport or European ID Card (EU Nationals), valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app with the final dose of your original vaccine series administered at least 14 days before sailing. Your record must show all doses, including original vaccination, as well as any booster doses received, if applicable. This is a requirement for all guests aged 12 and older. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean app the day before you board. For guests sailing on Wonder of the Seas, the Health Questionnaire will be filled out at the terminal prior to boarding.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQ

Cruise-Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It's required for guests aged 12 and older.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean app and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important that you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time. Guests sailing on Wonder of the Seas will be required to check-in online. A link to check-in will be sent via email prior to boarding.
  • 1 Day Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal app. For guests sailing on Wonder of the Seas, the Health Questionnaire will be filled out at the terminal prior to boarding.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the terminal within the arrival time slot selected during Royal app check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • For those parties travelling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short waiting time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulations.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations may require masks. Guests under 2 do not have to wear a mask at any time. These protocols are subject to change.

Dining

In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.

We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitised frequently.

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme Reservations

Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programme is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitised frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days the ship is in port – just pop into Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or at any time during your cruise. 

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Fully vaccinated guests and unvaccinated kids can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorised vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ.

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

For sailings visiting France, guests who are from an Orange List country will not be allowed to visit the port, according to French government regulations. Learn which countries are on the Orange List.

Tours are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean App.

Requirements for going ashore are subject to change as circumstances evolve, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM Barcelona, SPAIN

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Barcelona. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

To enter Spain, guests age 12 and up must meet vaccination and testing requirements. Children under the age of 12 do not have to meet these requirements. Learn more about Spain’s entry requirements

Guests traveling into Spain from another country should be sure to look into any requirements your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests aged 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be 'up to date' on their COVID-19 vaccination according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Nuvaxovid

These standards apply to all guests aged 12 and up (or 6 and up for Italy stops). Those who do not meet these standards will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Guests must be prepared to present their vaccination record showing all doses, including their original vaccination series, as well as any booster doses they may have received, if applicable. Please make sure that your entire cruise trip is within the 9-month window to be considered up to date for all port stops. If your vaccination was more than 9 months ago, you can get a booster with an EMA-authorised vaccine as late as the day before your trip, and be considered up to date by all countries.

Children aged 11 and under do not require a COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated and are up to date may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols and testing requirements for up-to-date guests. For additional details, see the section below.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine-eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQ

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

All guests sailing from Spain will need to take one test before boarding, as detailed below. Tests must be supervised with the result provided on a certificate which includes the guest’s name and date of birth. Telehealth tests are accepted, but must be completed with a supervised virtual video visit. All tests are at the guests’ expense.

  • Vaccinated guests who are up to date must show a negative result for a PCR or an antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Vaccinated guests who are not up to date will have a 1 day window to take this test. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 1 day before boarding day.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

eMed Tests Kits for Guests Travelling from the U.S
Through our testing partners, U.S.-based vaccinated guests may purchase antigen test kits that you can complete online with a supervised virtual video visit, wherever you are, 24 hours 7 days a week to meet travel testing requirements for cruise or flight. Learn more

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Not ‘Up to Date’ or Unvaccinated: Additional Testing Required

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

Prior to Disembarking
Guests 12 and up that are not up-to-date with their vaccinations will take an antigen test within one day before disembarkation day. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. The cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of $55 USD per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet US CDC boarding requirements.

  • Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day.
  • 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. Kids’ pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Kids Aged 2-11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, kids will take a complimentary PCR test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are five 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.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Sailings of longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Documents Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport Book or European ID Card (EU Nationals) valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app with the final dose of your original vaccine series administered at least 14 days before sailing. Your record must show all doses, including original vaccination, as well as any booster doses received if applicable. This is a requirement for all guests age 12 and older. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise-Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It's required for guests aged 12 and older.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important that you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 1-2 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal app.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the terminal within the arrival time slot selected during Royal app check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • For those parties travelling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short waiting time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulations.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under two years old do not have to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Dining

In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.

We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitised frequently.

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme Reservations

Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programme is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitised frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days the ship is in port – just pop into Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or at any time during your cruise. 

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Fully vaccinated guests and unvaccinated kids can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorised vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

For sailings visiting France, guests who are from an Orange List country will not be allowed to visit the port, according to French government regulations. Learn which countries are on the Orange List.

Tours are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean App.

Requirements for going ashore are subject to change as circumstances evolve, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQ

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM Europe and the Middle East

Royal Caribbean is working closely with local government and health authorities to finalise the protocols and requirements designed for the health and safety of our guests sailing from European and Middle Eastern home ports. Booked guests will be provided with full details at least 30 days prior to their sailing.

We do anticipate that vaccination and testing requirements will remain in place, and we strongly encourage that guests receive a booster when eligible. There could be a strong possibility for these sailings that guests will need a booster to enter select countries on their itinerary.

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE ALASKA FROM US HOMEPORTS

Here are the latest protocols for our guests cruising Alaska from the US. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Future protocols may require boosters, lowered vaccination ages and changes to testing. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Guests travelling into the US from another country should be sure to look into any requirements that their own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests aged 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

Children aged 11 and under do not require a COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. However, kids aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests. If you are cruising with an unvaccinated child, there are some specific health protocols that you will need to be aware of.

Each guest’s regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is according to US CDC guidance, and no exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorised a single-dose regimen for a two-dose vaccine.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine-eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQ

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet boarding requirements in line with U.S. CDC guidance.

  • Vaccinated guests must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than 3 days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated kids' pre-cruise test cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids' test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Unvaccinated Kids: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, unvaccinated kids will take two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean's test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, unvaccinated kids age 2-11 will take a complimentary test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking

  • For sailings debarking in Vancouver, British Columbia, unvaccinated guests age 5 – 11 will take a complimentary antigen test onboard no more than 1 day before arrival to Canada. Guests will be notified onboard how to register for this test.
  • For sailings debarking in Seattle, Washington, unvaccinated guests age 2 – 11 will take a complimentary antigen test onboard no more than 1 day before arrival to the U.S. Guests will be notified onboard how to register for this test.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Cruisetour Guests:
Royal Caribbean guests participating in a Southbound Cruisetour, do not need to complete any testing before the land-tour portion of the Cruisetour.

All Cruisetour guests will still need to complete the pre-cruise testing to board the ship. Vaccinated guests on Southbound Cruisetours are advised to bring an eMed test kit with them on their Cruisetour to meet the pre-cruise testing requirement. For vaccinated guests without a test kit or unvaccinated kids age 2-11 in need of a PCR test, a testing provider in Anchorage will be available to test guests at their own expense. Details on how to register for testing in Anchorage will be provided by your Cruisetour guide.

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet US CDC boarding requirements.

  • Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day.
  • 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. Kids’ pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Kids Aged 2-11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, kids will take a complimentary PCR test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are five 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.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Sailings of longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Documents Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport Book or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required for U.S. citizens. International guests will need a passport book, valid for at least six months after your cruise.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with the final dose of your vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. This is a requirement for all guests age 12 and older. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.
  • ArriveCAN: All guests - including Canadians - or their legal guardians, must submit the mandatory travel information required by the Canadian government prior to boarding the cruise ship. Guests can complete the form on the ArriveCAN website or via the app available in the AppStore or on Google Play. Once completed you'll need to print or show the QR code provided at boarding. Learn more about Canada arrival requirements.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It's required for guests 12 and older.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions, especially if your sailing visits a port that requires a tour to go ashore. Ports currently requiring tours are listed in our Going Ashore FAQs.
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 1 to 3 Days Before: Complete the ArriveCAN form via the website or app.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal App.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the terminal within the arrival time slot selected during Royal app check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • For those parties travelling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short waiting time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulations.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations that we visit may require masks. Guests under two years old don’t need to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Dining

In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.

We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitised frequently.

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme Reservations

Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programme is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitised frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days when the ship is in port – just pop into Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or at another time during your cruise.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests can visit ports of call in Alaska and Canada freely, regardless of vaccination status.

For those interested in purchasing a shore excursion tour, these are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean App.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQ

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM VANCOUVER

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing Vancouver, British Columbia. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Future protocols may require boosters, lowered vaccination ages and changes to testing. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Guests travelling into the US from another country should be sure to look into any requirements that their own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests aged 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

Children aged 11 and under do not require a COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. However, kids aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests. If you are cruising with an unvaccinated child, there are some specific health protocols that you will need to be aware of.

Each guest’s regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is according to US CDC guidance, and no exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorised a single-dose regimen for a two-dose vaccine.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine-eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQ

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet boarding requirements in line with U.S. CDC guidance.

  • Vaccinated guests must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than 3 days before boarding day. If timed properly, the same PCR test result provided for entry into Canada can satisfy this requirement. Note: Royal Caribbean will not accept an antigen test to satisfy the pre-cruise testing requirement to board.
  • Unvaccinated kids' pre-cruise test cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids' test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

All guests, or their legal guardians, will need to download the ArriveCAN app or visit the ArriveCAN website to provide mandatory travel information prior to and after your entry to Canada. Learn more about Canada arrival requirements.

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Unvaccinated Kids: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, unvaccinated kids will take two more tests. Royal Caribbean's test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, unvaccinated kids age 2-11 will take a complimentary test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking in the U.S or Canada

  • For sailings debarking in Vancouver, British Columbia, unvaccinated guests age 5 – 11 will take a complimentary antigen test onboard no more than 1 day before arrival to Canada. Guests will be notified onboard how to register for this test.
  • For sailings debarking in the U.S., unvaccinated guests age 2 – 11 will take a complimentary antigen test onboard no more than 1 day before arrival to the U.S. Guests will be notified onboard how to register for this test.

Cruisetour guests
Royal Caribbean guests participating in a Northbound Cruisetour do not need to complete any additional testing before the land-tour portion of the Cruisetour. All Cruisetour guests will still need to complete the pre-cruise testing to board the ship.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet US CDC boarding requirements.

  • Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day.
  • 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. Kids’ pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Kids Aged 2-11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, kids will take a complimentary PCR test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are five 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.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Sailings of longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Documents Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport Book or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required for all U.S. citizens. A passport book is required for all international guests.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with the final dose of your vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. This is a requirement for all guests age 12 and older. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.
  • ArriveCAN: All guests - including Canadians - or their legal guardians, must submit the mandatory travel information required by the Canadian government prior to boarding the cruise ship. Guests can complete the form on the ArriveCAN website or via the app available in the AppStore or on Google Play. Once completed you'll need to print or show the QR code provided at boarding. Learn more about Canada arrival requirements.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It's required for guests 12 and older.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions, especially if your sailing visits a port that requires a tour to go ashore. Ports currently requiring tours are listed in our Going Ashore FAQs.
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 2 or 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 to 3 Days Before: Complete the ArriveCan form via the website or app.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal App.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the terminal within the arrival time slot selected during Royal app check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • For those parties travelling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short waiting time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulations.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations that we visit may require masks. Guests under two years old don’t need to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Dining

In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.

We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitised frequently.

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme Reservations

Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programme is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitised frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days when the ship is in port – just pop into Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or at another time during your cruise.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests can visit ports of call in Alaska and Canada freely, regardless of vaccination status.

For those interested in purchasing a shore excursion tour, these are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean App.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQ

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM SINGAPORE

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Singapore. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Future protocols may require boosters, lowered vaccination ages and changes to testing. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Guests travelling into Singapore from another country should be sure to look into any requirements that your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests above 12 years of age (13 years & older) must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

Children aged 12 and under do not require a COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. However, kids aged 5 to 12 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests. If you are cruising with an unvaccinated child, there are some specific health protocols that you will need to be aware of.

Each guest's regimen must include at least two doses of the vaccine. This is per US CDC guidance, and no exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorised a single-dose regimen for a two-dose vaccine.

For more information on vaccination policies in Singapore, please visit this website.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine-eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQ

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

All guests, regardless of age or vaccination status, must undergo a Singapore approved supervised rapid antigen test on boarding day and receive a negative result in order to board the ship.

  • Schedule an appointment with Fullerton Health Testing Centre at Raffles City at your own expense. To make an appointment, please contact them at +65 63333636 (option 4).
  • Test at any of the Quick Test Centres (QTCs) or Combined Test Centres (CTCs). For more information, please click here.
  • Choose to take a supervised COVID-19 antigen rapid test (ART) over video consultation with an approved Singapore private healthcare provider.
  • It is the guest’s responsibility to book their pre-cruise testing appointment, at their own expense. Please make sure the test centre chosen can test all age groups in your travelling party and that you have ample time to arrive at your selected check-in time.

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Additional Testing

Prior to Disembarking
Depending on your country of origin, you may also require testing before returning home. The scheduling and cost of this test will be the guest's responsibility.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet US CDC boarding requirements.

  • Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than two days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated kids aged 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than three days before boarding day. Kids’ pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under two years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Kids Aged 2-11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, kids will take a complimentary PCR test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are five 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.

Guests under two years of age will not be tested.

Sailings of longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Document Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport or Passport Card, valid for at least six months after your cruise.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with the final dose of your vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. This is a requirement for all guests above 12 years of age (13 years & older). Kids aged 5 to 12 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: All guests travelling with us, regardless of age, must provide a negative result from a professionally supervised antigen test provider taken on boarding day. Boarding day test arrangements must be made on your own, at your own expense.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean app the day before you board.
  • TraceTogether App Guests must download the TraceTogether app or bring their TraceTogether (TT) token on boarding day. Passengers without either will not be allowed to board the ship. Children under 7 years old are exempt and are not required to have the TT Token or app with them.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQ

Cruise-Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It's required for guests above 12 years of age (13 years & older).
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important that you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 1 - 3 Days Before: Register for your pre-cruise test. All guests will register with Eurofins via the TrustOne website. More details for registration will be provided via email.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal app.
  • Boarding Day: All guests must complete their pre-cruise rapid antigen test.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the terminal within the arrival time slot selected during Royal app check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • Make sure that you wear your face mask at all times during the boarding process.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are required to be worn at all times indoors on the ship for all guests age 6 and above. While in outdoor settings, masks are optional but encouraged.

Dining

All dining areas will feature spaced, sanitized seating. All restaurants and cafes will be available to all guests. If you prefer a buffet, the Windjammer will be open to everyone for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food will be served by our crew. We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or by using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Entertainment

Theatres and activity venues will offer spaced seating and more showtimes. Be sure to make show reservations onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from the Netherlands. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

To enter the Netherlands, guests aged 12 and up must meet vaccination and testing requirements. They must also complete the Health Declaration Form before arriving in the Netherlands, and be in possession of a personal QR code before travelling. Children under the age of 12 do not have to meet these requirements. Learn more about the Netherlands' entry requirements

Guests travelling into the Netherlands from another country should be sure to look into any requirements that your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests aged 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be 'up to date' on their COVID-19 vaccination according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your final dose in your original two-dose vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Nuvaxovid

These standards apply to all guests aged 12 and up (or 6 and up for Italy stops). Those who do not meet these standards will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Guests must be prepared to present their vaccination record showing all doses, including their original vaccination series, as well as any booster doses they may have received, if applicable. Please make sure that your entire cruise trip is within the 9-month window to be considered up to date for all port stops. If your vaccination was more than 9 months ago, you can get a booster with an EMA-authorised vaccine as late as the day before your trip, and be considered up to date by all countries.

Children aged 11 and under do not require a COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated and are up to date may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols and testing requirements for up-to-date guests. For additional details, see the section below.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine-eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQ

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

All guests sailing from the Netherlands will need to take one test before boarding, as detailed below. Tests must be supervised with the result provided on a certificate which includes the guest’s name and date of birth. Telehealth tests are accepted, but must be completed with a supervised video visit. All tests are at the guests’ expense.

  • Vaccinated guests who are up to date must show a negative result for an antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Unvaccinated guests and Vaccinated guests who are not up to date will have a 1 day window to take this test. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative result for an antigen test taken no more than 1 day before boarding day.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

eMed Tests Kits for Guests Travelling from the U.S
Through our testing partners, U.S.-based vaccinated guests may purchase antigen test kits that you can complete online with a supervised virtual video visit, wherever you are, 24 hours 7 days a week to meet travel testing requirements for cruise or flight. Learn more

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Not ‘Up to Date’ or Unvaccinated: Additional Testing Required

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

Prior to Disembarking
Guests 12 and up that are not up-to-date with their vaccinations will take an antigen test within one day before disembarkation day. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. The cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of $55 USD per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet US CDC boarding requirements.

  • Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day.
  • 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. Kids’ pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Kids Aged 2-11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, kids will take a complimentary PCR test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are five 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.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Sailings of longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Document Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport or European ID Card (EU Nationals) valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app with the final dose of your original vaccine series administered at least 14 days before sailing. Your record must show all doses, including original vaccination, as well as any booster doses received, if applicable. This is a requirement for all guests aged 12 and older. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Health Declaration Form must be completed here by all guests aged 12 and up before entering the Netherlands.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQ

Cruise-Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It's required for guests aged 12 and older.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important that you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 1-2 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal app.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the terminal within the arrival time slot selected during Royal app check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • For those parties travelling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short waiting time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulations.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under two years old do not have to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Dining

In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.

We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitised frequently.

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme Reservations

Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programme is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitised frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days the ship is in port – just pop into Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or at any time during your cruise. 

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Fully vaccinated guests and unvaccinated kids can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorised vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

For sailings visiting France, guests who are from an Orange List country will not be allowed to visit the port, according to French government regulations. Learn which countries are on the Orange List.

Tours are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean App.

Requirements for going ashore are subject to change as circumstances evolve, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQ

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM ATHENS, GREECE

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Greece. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

To enter Greece, guests aged 12 and up must meet vaccination and testing requirements. Children under the age of 12 do not have to meet these requirements. Learn more about Greece’s entry requirements

Guests travelling into Greece from another country should be sure to look into any requirements that your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests aged 12 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be 'up to date' on their COVID-19 vaccination according to the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your final dose in your original two-dose vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Nuvaxovid

These standards apply to all guests aged 12 and up (or 6 and up for Italy stops). Those who do not meet these standards will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Guests must be prepared to present their vaccination record showing all doses, including their original vaccination series, as well as any booster doses they may have received, if applicable. Please make sure that your entire cruise trip is within the 9-month window to be considered up to date for all port stops. If your vaccination was more than 9 months ago, you can get a booster with an EMA-authorised vaccine as late as the day before your trip, and be considered up to date by all countries.

Children aged 11 and under do not require a COVID-19 vaccination to cruise. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated and are up to date may present proof of full vaccination and follow the protocols and testing requirements for up-to-date guests. For additional details, see the section below.

Royal Caribbean will not accept a Certificate of Recovery in lieu of a vaccination record card for guests of vaccine-eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQ

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

All guests sailing from Greece will need to take one test before boarding, as detailed below. Tests must be supervised with the result provided on a certificate which includes the guest’s name and date of birth. Telehealth tests are accepted, but must be completed with a supervised video visit. All tests are at the guests’ expense.

  • All guests age 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative result for an antigen test taken no more than 1 day before boarding day.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

eMed Tests Kits for Guests Travelling from the U.S
Through our testing partners, U.S.-based vaccinated guests may purchase antigen test kits that you can complete online with a supervised virtual video visit, wherever you are, 24 hours 7 days a week to meet travel testing requirements for cruise or flight. Learn more

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Not ‘Up to Date’ or Unvaccinated: Additional Testing Required

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

Prior to Disembarking
Guests 12 and up that are not up-to-date with their vaccinations will take an antigen test within one day before disembarkation day. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. The cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of $55 USD per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet US CDC boarding requirements.

  • Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day.
  • 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. Kids’ pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Kids Aged 2-11: Additional Testing

In addition to the pre-cruise test, kids will take one or two more tests, depending on the length of the cruise. Royal Caribbean’s test provider will administer these, at no cost to our guests.

At the Terminal
For all cruises, kids will take a complimentary PCR test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking
For cruises that are five 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.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Sailings of longer than 10 nights may have additional onboard testing requirements.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Document Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport or European ID Card (EU Nationals) valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app with the final dose of your original vaccine series administered at least 14 days before sailing. Your record must show all doses, including original vaccination, as well as any booster doses received, if applicable. This is a requirement for all guests aged 12 and older. Kids aged 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination and follow the protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQ

Cruise-Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It's required for guests aged 12 and older.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. Once in the app, you’ll select a 30-minute arrival time slot for your boarding day. It is very important that you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding and testing process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 1 Day Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal app.

What to Expect on Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is very important that all guests arrive at the terminal within the arrival time slot selected during Royal app check-in. Those who arrive early will not be able to begin boarding, and those who arrive late will need to wait until we are able to work them into another group.

  • We’ll guide you step-by-step on document validation.
  • For those parties travelling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short waiting time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulations.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQ

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under two years old do not have to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Dining

In the Main Dining Room, vaccinated guests may dine with other vaccinated guests outside their travel party. Parties that include unvaccinated kids will be assigned a table of their own.

We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Tables and chairs in all dining areas are sanitised frequently.

Adventure Ocean Youth Programme Reservations

Our award-winning Adventure Ocean youth programme is looking forward to welcoming your young explorers. In order to plan for a healthy experience for every child, spaces are cleaned and sanitised frequently. We ask that you make a reservation before bringing your child to Adventure Ocean on days the ship is in port – just pop into Adventure Ocean on boarding day to reserve time, or at any time during your cruise. 

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Fully vaccinated guests and unvaccinated kids can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorised vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

For sailings visiting France, guests who are from an Orange List country will not be allowed to visit the port, according to French government regulations. Learn which countries are on the Orange List.

Tours are available at a variety of price points and may be purchased in advance on Cruise Planner or once onboard using the Royal Caribbean App.

Requirements for going ashore are subject to change as circumstances evolve, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQ

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Getting Ready FOR A ONE-WAY CRUISE

Please see the below sail dates for which protocols are currently available at this time. We are working with local governments in the embarkation country and debarkation country to develop guest protocols and will update this page as soon as each sailing’s protocols become available

23 May 2022 Rhapsody of the Seas sailing from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy to Athens (Piraeus), Greece

Please visit the Getting Ready to Cruise page for Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy. The protocols outlined there apply to your one-way sailing as well.

30 May 2022 Rhapsody of the Seas sailing from Athens (Piraeus), Greece to Venice (Ravenna), Italy

Please visit the Getting Ready to Cruise page for Athens (Piraeus), Greece. The protocols outlined there apply to your one-way sailing as well, plus these additional protocols for your arrival into Italy:
  • Italy debarkation testing will be required for unvaccinated guests aged 6-11, and vaccinated guests aged 12 and older who are not up-to-date with their vaccines or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorised vaccine. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. For guests aged 12 and older, the cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of US $55 per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs. For kids aged 6 to 11, any required testing is complimentary. Guests under two years of age will not be tested.

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Keeping Each Other Safe

According to local authorities' requirements, face masks will be worn onboard by crew members and guests to help keep everyone safer. Face masks are required in indoor and outdoor spaces, with some exceptions. In restaurants, cafes, bars or lounges, seated guests may eat and drink without masks. Masks should not be worn in situations where they could get wet, such as at the pool. Masks should not be worn during strenuous exercise, but are required for light workouts. You do not need to wear a mask in your stateroom or on your balcony. Whenever you remove your mask, take care to maintain physical distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet) between your travel party and others.

Location Mask Requirements Notes
In stateroom Face masks not required Also not required on your stateroom balcony
Open-air decks Face masks not required Face masks must be worn when physical distancing cannot be maintained with people outside your travel group
Pools and Whirlpools Face masks not required Face masks cannot be worn in pools and whirlpools, as a wet mask could cause breathing issues. Always maintain physical distance.
Waterslides & FlowRider Face masks not required No face mask needed while riding any water ride, but should be worn in the queue
Sports deck Face masks may be required Some activities like the zip line, rock climbing, table tennis and sports court will require a face mask
Indoor spaces Face masks required May be removed while seating, to actively eat and drink May be removed while seating, to actively eat and/or drink
Location Mask Requirements
In stateroom Face masks not required, also not required on your stateroom balcony
Open-air decks Face masks not required
when observing physical distancing must be worn when engaging with crew or other travel parties
Pools Face masks not required
when observing physical distancing must be worn when engaging with crew or other travel parties
Whirlpools Face masks not required Only one travel party at a time allowed in each tub
Waterslides & FlowRider Face masks not required
Indoor spaces Face masks required May be removed while seating, to actively eat and drink
Face Masks Must Haves

 

 

Face Mask Must-Haves

• At least two layers of tight-weave fabric

• Loops that go around the ears

• Covers nose and mouth

• Fits face closely

• Allows you to breathe easily

• New face mask each day (or washed daily)

 

Permitted Types
Fabric face masks, minimum two layers with ear loops
Disposable surgical masks
Plastic face shield, only with a face mask

Not Permitted
Neck gaiters
Bandanas/open chin handkerchiefs
Masks with valves or openings
Masks made from mesh or loose-weave materials


 
 

Still have questions about our health & safety standards?
From pre-boarding testing to getting you back home safely, we've got answers.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions
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