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

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM U.S HOMEPORTS

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from the U.S., which we will continue to update as public health situations evolve. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing.

Guests traveling into the U.S. 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

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

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, are fully vaccinated.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

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

  • Vaccinated guests age 12 and older must show a negative COVID-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 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 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.

Have questions about pre-cruise testing?
Learn more about different options for completing your test

Kids Age 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 5 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 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 FAQs

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 strongly recommended. If you do not have a Passport, you may present a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate (not a "baby feet" hospital certificate or baptismal paper). Guests age 16 and older that present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driver's License or picture ID issued by the government.
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: Vaccinated guests age 12 and older must show a negative COVID-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding. Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding. Read Detailed Testing FAQs
  • 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 12 and 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 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. Vaccinated guests age 12 and older must show a negative COVID-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding. Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding. Read Detailed Testing FAQs
  • 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 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.
  • For those parties traveling with unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short wait time for results before boarding.
  • Make sure you wear your face mask at all times during the boarding process.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Here’s our current guidance for facial coverings for all guests (except those under age 2, who do not need to wear a mask at any time).

Masks are NOT required to be worn:

  • In open-air areas of the ship, unless you are in a crowded setting.
  • In the pool or any activity where they may become wet.
  • At venues designated for vaccinated guests only, such as select bars, lounges, restaurants and shows.
  • In your stateroom when you are with your traveling party.
  • While visiting our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, unless you are in a crowded setting.
  • By any guest under the age of 2.

Masks ARE required to be worn:

  • While indoors in public areas of the ship, unless seated and actively eating or drinking.
  • While visiting public ports of call, where local regulations may require them.

Mask-Free Spaces

Some venues and nightlife events will be for vaccinated guests age 12 and up, only. Masks won't be required in these venues. Vaccinated parents are invited to enjoy these experiences while their kids are living it up at Adventure Ocean. Learn more about vaccinated venues onboard

More Space for Your Family

If you’ve sailed with us before, you’ll notice there are fewer guests onboard, letting you ease back into vacation mode. The ship’s venues are set up to easily allow for physical distancing throughout your time onboard, and there will be signage to guide you.

Dining

All dining areas will feature spaced, sanitized seating. Nearly all restaurants and cafes will be available to all guests, though a select few specialty restaurants may be reserved for vaccinated guests only.

In the Main Dining Room, which spans multiple decks, we will designate areas for parents and kids, and areas for vaccinated parties only. My Time Dining will not be available to parties that include unvaccinated guests.

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 via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Entertainment

Theaters and activity venues will offer spaced seating and more showtimes. Some activities, showtimes, or seating areas will be reserved for vaccinated guests only. Be sure to make show reservations once onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.

Going Ashore

Healthy Shore Excursions

Royal Caribbean has worked with local tour operators to ensure they follow our Healthy Sail Panel health guidance for all Shore Excursions. 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

Below are our current tour requirements at ports of call, which are subject to change as we continue to evaluate circumstances around the globe.

Vaccinated Guests
Fully vaccinated parties may book a shore excursion or visit most ports freely — with the exception of those listed below, which will require tours for all guests who wish to go ashore, regardless of their vaccination status.

  • St. Lucia (November visits)
  • Barbados (November visits)
  • St. Kitts (November visits)
  • Antigua (November visits)

Tours Required for Families With Unvaccinated Children
Families traveling with unvaccinated kids must purchase a local tour through Royal Caribbean if they wish to go ashore. This applies to all ports of call except Perfect Day at CocoCay, and Port Canaveral, Florida. Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely can visit our youth facilities onboard to learn about drop off program hours and availability, and reserve time for their child on the day they wish to go in port.

Tours Recommended in Port Canaveral, Florida
For ships that stop at Port Canaveral, we strongly recommend that families traveling with unvaccinated kids purchase a local tour through Royal Caribbean if they wish to go ashore. Additionally, we recommend the use of face masks when going ashore.

No Tours Required at Perfect Day
Tours or planned activities are not required of any guest who wishes to go ashore at Perfect Day at CocoCay, our private destination.

Learn more about Perfect Day Protocols Here

Questions?

Getting Ready To Cruise From San Juan, Puerto Rico

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from San Juan, which we will continue to update as public health situations evolve. Booked guests will be provided the latest full details prior to sailing.

Guests traveling into San Juan from a country other than the U.S. should be sure to look into any requirements your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders. Additionally, international guests on connecting flights to or from San Juan should make sure to familiarize themselves with local requirements in the country where their connection takes place prior to traveling.

Vaccination Requirement

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

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, are fully vaccinated.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

Required Testing to Enter Puerto Rico

The island requires a negative PCR or antigen COVID-19 test result for certain travelers to enter depending on their vaccination status and point of origin.

If you’re flying in from the U.S.

  • Vaccinated guests have no testing requirement to enter Puerto Rico.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan.

If you’re flying in from an international country

  • All travelers age 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours prior to arriving at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan.

If you are already in Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico does not require a test from you.

Guests under 2 years of age do not have test requirements to enter Puerto Rico.
 

All Guests: Required Testing to Board the Ship

You’ll need to bring a negative PCR or antigen test result to the cruise terminal to board the ship. It can be the same result you used to enter Puerto Rico, provided you time it right.

  • Vaccinated guests age 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 age 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 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.

Have questions about pre-cruise testing?

Learn more about different options for completing your test
Learn how to calculate which days you can take your pre-cruise test


Kids Age 2-11: 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
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
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 do not have test requirements to board the ship.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Travel Documents Checklist

You’ll need to have the following documents to travel to Puerto Rico and board the ship.

Puerto Rico TravelSafe Declaration
All travelers age 2 and up must complete the TravelSafe Declaration to enter Puerto Rico. Guests under 18 must be added to their parent or guardian’s form. Vaccinated travelers (age 12 and up) will need to upload their proof of vaccination. Learn more

  • A TravelSafe Airport Exit Confirmation number and QR Code will be provided once you complete the required Online Travel Declaration Form.
  • A Passport Book or Passport Card, 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 U.S. Birth Certificate (not a "baby feet" hospital certificate or baptismal paper). Guests age 16 and older that present a Birth Certificate will also need to provide a valid Driver's License or picture ID issued by the government.
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: Vaccinated guests age 12 and older must show a negative COVID-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding. Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding. Read Detailed Testing FAQs
  • 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 12 and 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 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. Vaccinated guests age 12 and older must show a negative COVID-19 test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding. Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding. Read Detailed Testing FAQs
  • 1 Day Before: All guests must complete our Health Questionnaire on the Royal App.
  • Anytime before arriving in Puerto Rico: Complete your TravelSafe Declaration

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.
  • For those parties traveling with unvaccinated guests ages 2 to 11, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short wait time for results before boarding.
  • Make sure you wear your face mask at all times during the boarding process.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Here’s our current guidance for facial coverings for all guests (except those under age 2, who do not need to wear a mask at any time).

Masks are NOT required to be worn:

  • In open-air areas of the ship, unless you are in a crowded setting.
  • In the pool or any activity where they may become wet.
  • At venues designated for vaccinated guests only, such as select bars, lounges, restaurants and shows.
  • In your stateroom when you are with your traveling party.
  • While visiting our private destination, Perfect Day at CocoCay, unless you are in a crowded setting.
  • By any guest under the age of 2.

Masks ARE required to be worn:

  • While indoors in public areas of the ship, unless seated and actively eating or drinking.
  • While visiting public ports of call, where local regulations may require them.

Mask-Free Spaces

Some venues and nightlife events will be for vaccinated guests age 12 and up, only. Masks won't be required in these venues. Vaccinated parents are invited to enjoy these experiences while their kids are living it up at Adventure Ocean. Learn more about vaccinated venues onboard

More Space for Your Family

If you’ve sailed with us before, you’ll notice there are fewer guests onboard, letting you ease back into vacation mode. The ship’s venues are set up to easily allow for physical distancing throughout your time onboard, and there will be signage to guide you.

Dining

All dining areas will feature spaced, sanitized seating. Nearly all restaurants and cafes will be available to all guests, though a select few specialty restaurants may be reserved for vaccinated guests only.

In the Main Dining Room, which spans multiple decks, we will designate areas for parents and kids, and areas for vaccinated parties only. My Time Dining will not be available to parties that include unvaccinated guests.

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 via Cruise Planner before your cruise or using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Entertainment

Theaters and activity venues will offer spaced seating and more showtimes. Some activities, showtimes, or seating areas will be reserved for vaccinated guests only. Be sure to make show reservations once onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.

Going Ashore

Healthy Shore Excursions

Royal Caribbean has worked with local tour operators to ensure they follow our Healthy Sail Panel health guidance for all Shore Excursions. 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

Below are our current tour requirements at ports of call, which are subject to change as we continue to evaluate circumstances around the globe.

Vaccinated Guests
Fully vaccinated parties may book a shore excursion or visit most ports freely — with the exception of those listed below, which will require tours for all guests who wish to go ashore, regardless of their vaccination status.

  • St. Lucia (November visits)
  • Barbados (November visits)
  • St. Kitts (November visits)
  • Antigua (November visits)

Tours Required for Families With Unvaccinated Children
Families traveling with unvaccinated kids must purchase a local tour through Royal Caribbean if they wish to go ashore. This applies to all ports of call except Perfect Day at CocoCay, and Port Canaveral, Florida. Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely can visit our youth facilities onboard to learn about drop off program hours and availability, and reserve time for their child on the day they wish to go in port.

Questions?

 

Know Your Country's Additional Requirements

It is critical that you review travel guidance issued by each country you’ll be visiting on your sailing prior to travel. Failure to meet the requirements for each will result in denial of boarding.

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM BARCELONA On Harmony of the Seas

The protocols communicated here apply only to guests departing from Barcelona, Spain on Harmony of the Seas®. We will continue to update these protocols as public health situations evolve. Guidance for all other departure ports is still in development with local & national authorities. Booked guests will be provided information specific to their port of departure and itinerary prior to sailing, however this information is subject to change.

Vaccination Requirement

For Mediterranean cruises from Barcelona, all Royal Caribbean guests age 18 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve. Guests younger than 18 don’t need to be vaccinated— but if they are, they should bring their proof of vaccination to board and they can follow the testing guidance for fully vaccinated guests. For transatlantic cruises from Barcelona, all guests must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. Guests without proof of vaccination will not be permitted to sail. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve.

All guests sailing on back to back cruises must be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated guests including children will not be permitted to sail on a back to back cruise.

All crew onboard Harmony of the Seas will be fully vaccinated.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs


Acceptable Proof of Vaccination

All guests ages 18 years and older, must present proof of vaccination as well as all required travel documents upon arrival at the ship. Acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record document issued by the country’s health authority or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination. The vaccination record submitted must show that the guest is fully vaccinated. This means that the guest has completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (e.g., received the second dose in a two-dose series) and that the guest has received the final dose at least 14 days before arriving at their cruise departure terminal in Barcelona. Guests living in the EU are advised to present their EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.

Testing & Entry Requirements


Travel Guidance to enter Spain & Your Ports of Call

It's critical that you review the travel guidance issued by each country you’ll be visiting on your sailing prior to travel. Failure to meet the requirements for each will result in denial of boarding:

  • Spanish Ministry of Health
  • Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
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    Before Travelling to Spain

    All international guests are advised to review the latest travel guidance issued by the Goverment of Spain.

    • Vaccinated guests who hold valid proof of vaccination will be able to travel to Spain without the need for a COVID-19 test: Guests travelling from the EU (European Union) must present their EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate in digital format to airport health control staff. Guests travelling from outside the EU must present proof of full vaccination issued by non-EU countries. Any such document shall contain at least the following information: Traveller's name and surnames, personal identification number used to obtain Spanish FCS Health Form (SpTH QR), date of complete vaccination, vaccine administered and country where vaccinated.
    • Unvaccinated guests ages 12 to 17 years old, that are travelling from an area designated as high risk by Spain will need to arrange and take a diagnostic test [NAAT (nucleic acid amplification test, e.g. RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, TMA) /RAT (rapid antigen test)] at their own expense no more than 48 hours before arriving in Spain and present their negative result to airport health control staff. This test is required by the Government of Spain to enter the country.
    • All guests must ensure that the documents provided to enter Spain are the original version; it must be written in Spanish, English, French or German and may be submitted in paper or electronic format. If it is not possible to obtain it in these languages, it must be accompanied by a translation into Spanish carried out by an official body.

      Guests of all ages entering Spain from other countries must complete the Spanish FCS (health control) form before travelling to Spain. You can complete this using the link here.

    • Guests under the age of 2 will not be tested.
    • Guests living in Spain will not be required to take any pre travel tests and should follow the requirements below.

    Boarding Day in Barcelona

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

    During the Cruise

    • All unvaccinated guests aged between 6-17, must take a complimentary COVID-19 test towards the middle of the cruise. Once onboard, we’ll let you know where to go to take it.
    • Additionally, unvaccinated guests ages 6-17, planning to debark in Naples on a shore excursion will be required to take an additional test before debarking.
    • Lastly, all guests travelling from the UK & Northern Ireland aged 6 years and above will be required to take a test within 48 hours of debarking for their first shore excursion in Italy. If guests choose not to debark in Italian ports of call this test will not be required. Additional details will be provided onboard.

    Before Returning Home

    • All guests aged 12 and older will need to take a complimentary COVID-19 test before disembarking the cruise. This result is required for re-entry into Spain and can also be used for re-entry into your home country if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard.

    Read Detailed Testing FAQs

    We will continue to publish more protocols as they are developed. Booked guests will be advised of their specific requirements before setting sail.

    Travel Documents Checklist

    Guests sailing from Barcelona, Spain will need to have the following documents when they arrive to board the ship.

    • Proof of Vaccinations: Royal Caribbean requires guests age 18 and older to be fully vaccinated. On arrival at the port, vaccinated guests must display proof of their vaccination, acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record document issued by the country’s health authority or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination. The vaccination record submitted must show that the guest is fully vaccinated. This means that the guest has completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (e.g., received the second dose in a two-dose series) and that the guest has received the final dose at least 14 days before arriving at their cruise departure terminal in Barcelona. Guests living in the EU are advised to present their EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.
    • Antigen Test Result: All guests age 2 and older— including those who have been vaccinated — will need to take a complimentary antigen test on arrival at the port and present the negative test result.
    • Passport / European ID Card: Guests of all ages must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date you’ll be returning to your country. EU Nationals may also present their European ID card.
    • Spanish Health Form: This form must be completed before traveling to Spain. You can complete it using the link here.
    • EU Passenger Locator Form (PLF): In preparation for your visits to Italy, please complete Passenger Locator Form via the EU PLF application.
    • Health Questionnaire: Guests of all ages must complete the pre cruise Health Questionnaire on the Royal Caribbean App. It will become available in the app the day before you board.
    • Visa: All guests must ensure they check their visa requirements for entering both Spain and the ports of call included within the itinerary.

    Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

    Cruise Ready Recap

    Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day in Barcelona.

    • Get Vaccinated: It’s required for guests 18 and older — make sure you complete your full dosage at least 14 days before you arrive in Spain.
    • 14 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 in Barcelona. 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.
    • 14 Days Before: All guests must register for the COVID-19 test conducted on boarding day in Barcelona. We’ll email instructions before your cruise.
    • 2 Days Before: Complete the Spanish FCS form within 48 hours of arriving in Spain. With this you will obtain the QR code that you will have to show (paper or digital) to the airline before boarding and to health control upon arrival in Spain.
    • 2 Days Before: Unvaccinated guests ages 12-17, must take a test for COVID-19 no more than 48 hours before arriving in Barcelona, Spain.
    • 1 Day Before: Complete our Guest Health questionnaire on the Royal App.

    What to Expect On Boarding Day

    Getting ready to go aboard

    • We will provide all guests with a designated arrival time, we recommend that you complete your online check in as soon as possible so you can pick your preferred time.
    • It is essential that you arrive at your designated boarding time, failure to do this will cause a delay to your boarding experience.
    • All guests ages 2 years and above will also need to take the rapid antigen test on arrival at the cruise terminal and wait a short period for their test results. Whilst waiting for results guests will be asked to complete their wellness screening at the terminal and provide the required documentation. You will be guided step by step through the process once you arrive.
    • Please always wear your face mask during the boarding process and maintain social distancing.

    Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

    Onboard the Ship

    Mask Policy
    For cruises departing Spain, see the onboard mask policy below. We are continually evaluating this policy against the latest public health standards and will advise booked guests of any changes.

    All guests 6 years and older must wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, unless seated and actively eating or drinking or sitting beside the pool. Masks are not required in your stateroom if you are with your own travel party. Masks are not permitted in the pool or for any activity where they could become wet.

    Read Detailed Mask Policy FAQs

    Muster 2.0
    The muster (or safety) drill—a mandatory practice at the beginning of each cruise designed to instruct guests where they should go in the unlikely event of an emergency. Guests complete the drill in their own time via the Royal Caribbean app. All guests will need to visit their assembly station—a designated location to complete the process.

    Dining
    Reservations are recommended and can be made via Cruise Planner before you board for meals at specialty restaurants, Main Dining Room, or Windjammer. Once onboard, you can also reserve dining by using the Royal Caribbean App or calling the reservation line. Windjammer will be open for breakfast and lunch, and food will now be served to you by crew members to avoid guests sharing serving utensils. If you’d like to dine with other parties during your cruise, you can easily link your bookings by using the Royal Caribbean App or calling us on +1 305 354 0204.

    Entertainment
    Be sure to book your showtimes once onboard, using the Royal Caribbean App. Venues will seat at a reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing.

    At Ports of Call

    Spain
    Fully vaccinated parties have the choice of booking a shore excursion or visiting freely. Parties that wish to go ashore and include any unvaccinated guests, must book a shore excursion through Royal Caribbean that is provided by an independent local tour operator that has agreed to comply with recommended health protocols.

    Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely can visit our youth facilities once onboard to learn about drop off program hours and availability, and reserve time for their child on the day they wish to go in port. Drop off facilities will only be available for children aged 6 months to 11 years of age. Children aged 12 – 17 will not be permitted to stay onboard without their parents and will need to accompany their parents if they decide to go ashore.

    Italy
    All travel parties that wish to go ashore must purchase a local tour through Royal Caribbean. We have worked with local tour operators to ensure they follow health and safety guidance that aligns with our Healthy Sail Panel recommendations. Shore Excursions 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. This policy is subject to change as we continue to evaluate circumstances around the globe. All guests are subject to local restrictions and requirements in the ports we visit, such as local mask ordinances.

    Vaccinated guests will need to bring proof of vaccination on their tour when in Italy, as it is required to enter cultural sites, dining venues, and other public venues. Unvaccinated guests ages 6-17 will need to present a negative test result for COVID-19 at these venues. We will be providing complimentary mid-cruise testing that will satisfy this requirement. Guests aged 11 and under do not need to present additional documentation.

    Shore Excursions
    Be sure to check out our selection of curated shore excursions — we’ve worked closely with local tour operators to ensure that they are following the health protocols we have outlined, and to offer a variety to choose from for all interests and budgets. You can reserve tours now on Cruise Planner.

    Local Regulations
    When going into port, please observe all local mask and physical distancing regulations that are in place. On shore excursions, your guide will let you know when a mask is needed.

    Read Detailed Mask Policy FAQs

    Documentation at Ports of Call
    Guests will also need to have completed the following documents prior to arriving in each country, if they wish to debark:
    EU PLF: Guests of all ages visiting Italy must complete a Passenger Locator Form via the EU PLF application.
    Documentation is not required for visiting ports of call in Spain.

    Preparing to Return Home

    Spain Re-Entry Testing
    All guests aged 12 and older will need to take a complimentary COVID-19 test before disembarking the cruise. This result is required for re-entry into Spain and can also be used for re-entry into your home country if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard.
    Most Governments that require a re-entry test require it to be conducted within 72 hours of travel, cruise guests should plan to fly home within 24 hours of departing the ship, for the test result to be within the valid window. Please ensure you check your country of residence local travel guidance for any additional testing that may be required upon your arrival home.

    Read Detailed Testing FAQs

    Spanish Passenger Locator Form
    All guests may be required to complete a passenger locator form prior to debarking the cruise in Barcelona, Spain. Additional details will be provided onboard.

    Passenger Locator Form
    Many countries now require guests to complete a passenger locator form before travelling home. Please check your local government requirements before travel.

    For guests returning to England, please see essential travel information.

    Questions?

     

    Know Your Country's Additional Requirements

    It is critical that you review travel guidance issued by each country you’ll be entering and visiting on your sailing prior to travel. Failure to meet the requirements for each will result in denial of boarding.

    GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM CYPRUS On Jewel of the Seas

    The protocols communicated here apply only to guests departing from Limassol, Cyprus on Jewel of the Seas®. We will continue to update these protocols as public health situations evolve. Guidance for all other departure ports is still in development with national and local authorities. Booked guests will be provided full details specific to their port of departure prior to sailing, however these are subject to change.

    Vaccine & Testing Requirements At A Glance


    Vaccine Requirement

    For cruises from Limassol, Cyprus, all Royal Caribbean guests age 18 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve.

    Guests younger than 18 years don't need to be vaccinated — but if they are, they should bring their proof of vaccination to board and they can follow the testing guidance for fully vaccinated guests.

    All guests sailing on consecutive cruises must be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated guests including children will not be permitted to sail on a consecutive cruise.


    Acceptable Proof of Vaccination

    All guests ages 18 years and older, must present proof of vaccination as well as all required travel documents upon arrival at the ship. Acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record document issued by the country’s health authority or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination. The vaccination record submitted must show that the guest is fully vaccinated. This means that the guest has completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (e.g., received the second dose in a two-dose series) and that the guest has received the final dose at least 14 days before arriving at their cruise departure terminal. Guests living in the EU are advised to present their EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.

    All crew onboard Jewel of the Seas will be fully vaccinated.

    Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs


    Testing Requirement

    Before You Travel to Cyprus

    • Vaccinated guests who hold a valid vaccination certificate from the public authorities of the countries listed here, will be able to travel to the Republic of Cyprus without the need for a test.
    • Unvaccinated guests ages 12 to 17 years old, will need to arrange and take a PCR test for COVID-19 at their own expense no more than 72 hours before arriving in Cyprus. This test is required by the government of Cyprus to enter the country. Depending on the country of residence classification (e.g. green, amber or red), guests may require additional testing on arrival at the airport in Cyprus at their own expense. Please review your country’s entry requirements when travelling to Cyprus.

    Boarding Day In Cyprus

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

    Before Returning Home

    • All guests aged 2 and older will need to take a complimentary COVID-19 test before disembarking the cruise. This result is required for re-entry into Cyprus and can also be used for re-entry into your home country if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard.
    • Unvaccinated guests that decide to extend their stay in Cyprus after the cruise or live in Cyprus will be required to take a test upon debark at their own expense and in some instances may need to quarantine if the stay is longer than 3 nights, with a secondary PCR test at the end of quarantine. These requirements will depend on the categorization of Greece (as our port of call) by the Government of Cyprus.

    A small number of guests may be selected at random by the Cyprus Health Authorities and asked to complete and additional PCR test after disembarking the cruise. Impacted guests will be notified once onboard the cruise, there is no charge for the test.

    Read Detailed Testing FAQs

    All guests should regularly review the entry requirements when travelling to Cyprus on the Republic of Cyprus government website.

    Travel Documents Checklist

    Guests sailing from Cyprus will need to have the following documents when they arrive to board the ship.

    • Cyprus Flight Pass: Guests of all ages flying into Cyprus must complete the Cyprus Flight Pass within 48 hours of travel to Cyprus. You can complete this using the link here.
    • Proof of Vaccination: Royal Caribbean requires guests age 18 and older to be fully vaccinated. On arrival at the port, vaccinated guests must display proof of their vaccination, acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record document issued by the country’s health authority or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination. The vaccination record submitted must show that the guest is fully vaccinated. This means that the guest has completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (e.g., received the second dose in a two-dose series) and that the guest has received the final dose at least 14 days before arriving at their cruise departure terminal in Cyprus.  Guests living in the EU are advised to present their EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.
    • Passport / European ID Card: Guests of all ages must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date you’ll be returning to your country. EU Nationals may also present their European ID card.
    • Health Questionnaire: Guests of all ages must complete the pre cruise Health Questionnaire on the Royal Caribbean App. It will become available in the app the day before you board.
    • Visa: All guests must ensure they check their visa requirements for entering both the Republic of Cyprus and the ports of call included within the itinerary.
    • Proof of Residency is only needed for guests travelling with a passport/European ID card that was issued from a country different from their country of residence.

    Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

    Cruise Ready Recap

    Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day in Cyprus.

    • Get Vaccinated: It’s required for guests 18 and older — make sure you complete your full dosage at least 14 days before you arrive in Cyprus.
    • 14 Days Before: Unvaccinated guests must register for the COVID-19 test conducted on boarding day in Cyprus. We’ll email instructions before your cruise.
    • 3 Days Before: Unvaccinated guests must take a PCR test no more than 3 days before arriving in Cyprus.
    • 2 Days Before: Within 48 hours before arriving in Cyprus, complete the Cyprus Flight Pass application process (this includes submitting your negative PCR test result if you are unvaccinated).
    • 1 Day Before: Complete our Guest Health questionnaire on the Royal App.

    What to Expect On Boarding Day

    Getting ready to go aboard

    • We will provide all guests with a designated arrival time, we recommend that you complete your online check in as soon as possible so you can pick your preferred time.
    • It is essential that you arrive at your designated boarding time, failure to do this will cause a delay to your boarding experience.
    • All guests will be asked to complete their wellness screening at the port and provide the required documentation.
    • All guests will also need to take the rapid antigen test on arrival at the port and wait a short period for their test results. You will be guided step by step through the process once you arrive.
    • Please wear your face mask at all times during the boarding process and maintain social distancing.

    Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

    Onboard the Ship

    Mask Policy
    For cruises departing Cyprus, see the onboard mask policy below. We are continually evaluating this policy against the latest public health standards and will advise booked guests of any changes.

    Outdoors & Indoors Onboard: All guests 6 years and older must wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, unless seated and actively eating or drinking or sitting beside the pool. Masks are not required in your stateroom as long as you are with your own travel party. Masks are not permitted in the pool or for any activity where they could become wet.

    Read Detailed Mask Policy FAQs

    Muster 2.0
    The muster (or safety) drill—a mandatory practice at the beginning of each cruise designed to instruct guests where they should go in the unlikely event of an emergency. Guests complete the drill in their own time via the Royal Caribbean app. All guests will need to visit their assembly station—a designated location to complete the process.

    Dining
    Reservations are recommended and can be made via Cruise Planner before you board for meals at specialty restaurants, Main Dining Room, or Windjammer. Once onboard, you can also reserve dining by using the Royal Caribbean App or calling the reservation line. Windjammer will be open for breakfast and lunch, and food will now be served to you by crew members to avoid guests sharing serving utensils. If you’d like to dine with other parties during your cruise, you can easily link your bookings by using the Royal Caribbean App or calling us on +1 305 354 0204.

    Entertainment
    Be sure to book your showtimes once onboard, using the Royal Caribbean App. Venues will seat at a reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing, but to ensure everyone gets a chance to enjoy our showstopping entertainment, we’ll also be offering more showtimes throughout your sailing.

    At Ports of Call

    At ports of call, fully vaccinated parties have the choice of booking a shore excursion or visiting freely. Parties that wish to go ashore and include any unvaccinated guests, must book a shore excursion through Royal Caribbean that is provided by an independent local tour operator that has agreed to comply with recommended health protocols.

    Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely can visit our youth facilities once onboard to learn about drop off program hours and availability, and reserve time for their child on the day they wish to go in port. Drop off facilities will only be available for children aged 3 to 11. Children aged 12 – 17 will not be permitted to stay onboard without their parents and will need to accompany their parents if they decide to go ashore.

    Shore Excursions
    Be sure to check out our selection of curated shore excursions — we’ve worked closely with local tour operators to ensure that they are following the health protocols we have outlined, and to offer a variety to choose from for all interests and budgets. You can reserve tours now on Cruise Planner.

    Local Regulations
    When going into port, please observe all local mask and physical distancing regulations in place. On shore excursions, your guide will let you know when a mask is needed.

    Read Detailed Mask Policy FAQs

    Preparing to Return Home

    Cyprus Re-Entry Testing

    All guests aged 12 and older will need to take a complimentary antigen test before disembarking the cruise, this result is required for re-entry into Cyprus and can also be used for re-entry into your home country. If needed a complimentary onboard PCR test can also be arranged for any one that should require it to re-enter their country of residence. The test will be administered just before the end of the cruise, and guests will be provided a copy of their test result. Additional details will be provided onboard. Most Governments that require a re-entry test, require it to be conducted within 72 hours of travel, cruise guests should plan to fly home within 24 hours of departing the ship, for the test result to be within the valid window. Please ensure you check your country of residence local travel guidance for any additional testing that may be required upon your arrival home.

    Unvaccinated guests ages 12-17 years, that decide to extend their stay in Cyprus after the cruise or live in Cyprus may be required to take an additional test upon debark and in some instances may need to quarantine if the stay is longer than 3 nights, with a secondary PCR test at the end of quarantine. These requirements will depend on the categorization of Greece (as our port of call) by the Government of Cyprus.

    A small number of guests may be selected at random by the Cyprus Health Authorities and asked to complete and additional PCR test after disembarking the cruise. Impacted guests will be notified once onboard the cruise, there is no charge for the test.

    Read Detailed Testing FAQs

    Passenger Locator Forms
    Many countries now require guests to complete a passenger locator form before travelling home. Please check your local government requirements before travel.

    Republic of Cyprus Declaration Form
    All guests are required to complete a declaration form upon their return to Cyprus at the end of the cruise, additional information will be provided once onboard.

    For guests returning to England, please see essential travel information.

    Questions?

     

    Know Your Country's Additional Requirements

    It is critical that you review travel guidance issued by each country you’ll be visiting on your sailing prior to travel.  Failure to meet the requirements for each will result in denial of boarding.

    GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM ROME On Harmony of the Seas

    The protocols communicated here apply only to guests departing from Rome, Italy on Harmony of the Seas®. We will continue to update these protocols as public health situations evolve. Guidance for all other departure ports is still in development with local & national authorities. Booked guests will be provided information specific to their port of departure and itinerary prior to sailing, however this information is subject to change.

    Vaccination Requirement

    For Mediterranean cruises from Rome, all Royal Caribbean guests age 18 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve. Guests younger than 18 don’t need to be vaccinated— but if they are, they should bring their proof of vaccination to board and they can follow the testing guidance for fully vaccinated guests.

    All guests sailing on back to back cruises must be fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated guests including children will not be permitted to sail on a back to back cruise.

    All crew onboard Harmony of the Seas will be fully vaccinated.

    Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs


    Acceptable Proof of Vaccination

    All guests ages 18 years and older, must present proof of vaccination as well as all required travel documents upon arrival at the ship. Acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record document issued by the country’s health authority or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination. The vaccination record submitted must show that the guest is fully vaccinated. This means that the guest has completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (e.g., received the second dose in a two-dose series) and that the guest has received the final dose at least 14 days before arriving at their cruise departure terminal in Rome.

    Guests living in Europe are advised to present their EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate (if available). We recommend that guests allow at least 2 weeks to obtain their proof of vaccination.

    Testing & Entry Requirements


    Travel Guidance to enter Italy & Your Ports of Call

    It's critical that you review the travel guidance issued by each country you’ll be visiting on your sailing prior to travel. Failure to meet the requirements for each will result in denial of boarding:

    Before Travelling to Italy

    All international guests are advised to review the latest travel guidance issued by the Government of Italy.

    Entry rules to Italy vary depending on what country you are travelling from. Guests may be required to present proof of vaccination and negative COVID-19 test result or recovery certificate depending on their country of origin.

    Guests from some countries may be required to isolate on their arrival into Italy, which may impact their travel plans. Guests impacted by this requirement should contact us to discuss their options.

    Requirements change frequently so please ensure you frequently review this information prior to travel.

    • Guests of All Ages entering Italy from other countries must complete the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form before travelling to Italy. This will generate a QR code, which should be presented to your airline and Border Police if requested. A paper form can be completed if you do not have an electronic device. You can complete this using the link here.
    • Guests Living in Italy are not required to take any pre travel tests but are required to follow the testing requirements on arrival at the port and during the cruise.

    Boarding Day in Rome

    • All guests age 2 and older must take a complimentary rapid antigen test at the cruise terminal in Civitavecchia, Rome and receive a negative result in order to sail. We will email instructions on how to register in advance approximately 14-18 days before your cruise.

    During the Cruise

    • All unvaccinated guests aged between 6-17, must take a complimentary rapid antigen test towards the middle of the cruise. Additional details will be provided onboard.

    Before Returning Home

    • All unvaccinated guests aged between 6-17 will need to take a complimentary COVID-19 test before disembarking the cruise. This result is required for re-entry into Italy and can also be used for re-entry into your home country if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard.
    • All other guests may need to take a COVID-19 test to meet the requirements of their destination country following the cruise, if needed a complimentary onboard COVID-19 test can also be arranged for anyone that should require it to re-enter their country of residence.

    Read Detailed Testing FAQs

    We will continue to publish more protocols as they are developed. Booked guests will be advised of their specific requirements before setting sail.

    Travel Documents Checklist

    Guests sailing from Rome, Italy will need to have the following documents when they arrive to board the ship.

    • Proof of Vaccinations: Royal Caribbean requires guests age 18 and older to be fully vaccinated. On arrival at the port, vaccinated guests must display proof of their vaccination. Acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record issued by the country’s health authority or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination. The vaccination record submitted must show that the guest is fully vaccinated. This means that the guest has completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (e.g., received the second dose in a two-dose series) at least 14 days before arriving at their cruise departure terminal in Rome. Guests living in the EU are advised to present their EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate.
    • Antigen Test Result: All guests age 2 and older— including those who have been vaccinated — will need to take a complimentary antigen test on arrival at the port and present the negative test result.
    • Passport / European ID Card: Guests of all ages must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the cruise. EU Nationals may also present their European ID card.
    • Visa: All guests must ensure they check their visa requirements for entering Italy and the ports of call included on the itinerary.
    • EU Digital Passenger Locator Form: Guests of all ages entering Italy from other countries must complete the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form before travelling to Italy.
    • Proof of Residency is only needed for guests travelling with a passport/European ID card that was issued from a country different from their country of residence.

    Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

    Cruise Ready Recap

    Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day in Rome.

    • Get Vaccinated: It’s required for guests 18 and older — make sure you complete your full dosage at least 14 days before you arrive in Italy.
    • Check Testing Requirements: Testing requirements vary by country, use this helpful guide to understand your requirements.
    • 14 Days Before: All guests must register for their COVID-19 test conducted on boarding day in Rome. We’ll email instructions before your cruise.
    • 2 Days Before: Complete the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form prior to arriving in Italy.

    What to Expect On Boarding Day

    Getting ready to go aboard

    • We will provide all guests with a designated arrival time as part of the check in process. We recommend that you complete check in using the Royal Caribbean website as soon as possible to select your preferred time.
    • It is essential that you arrive at the terminal at your prearranged boarding time. Failure to do this will cause a delay in your boarding experience.
    • All guests will be required to complete the pre cruise questionnaire at the terminal with your check in agent.
    • All guests ages 2 years and above will also need to take the rapid antigen test on arrival at the cruise terminal and wait a short period for their test results. Whilst waiting for results guests will be asked to complete their wellness screening at the terminal and provide the required documentation. You will be guided step by step through the process once you arrive.
    • Please always wear your face mask during the boarding process and maintain social distancing.

    Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

    Onboard the Ship

    Mask Policy
    For cruises departing Italy, see the onboard mask policy below. We are continually evaluating this policy against the latest public health standards and will advise booked guests of any changes.

    All guests 6 years and older must wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor public spaces, unless seated and actively eating, drinking or sitting beside the pool. Masks are not required in your stateroom if you are with your own travel party. Masks are not permitted in the pool or for any activity where they could become wet.

    Read Detailed Mask Policy FAQs

    Temperature Checks
    For cruises departing from Italy, we will conduct a daily guest and crew temperature check to comply with local and national guidelines.

    Royal Caribbean App
    For guests embarking in Italy, our Royal Caribbean App will not be available. Below you'll find how your experience onboard will look like.

    Muster 2.0
    All guests must complete the safety briefing before the ship sails. Once onboard our crew will escort you to your muster station to complete the muster drill in person.

    Dining
    We'll provide you with printed menus in our dining venues as QR codes will be unavailable.

    Windjammer will be open for breakfast and lunch, and food will now be served to you by crew members to avoid guests sharing serving utensils.

    Entertainment
    Venues will seat at a reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing. Bookings for onboard entertainment is required, once onboard, guests can contact guest services to book theatre shows.

    At Ports of Call

    Spain
    Fully vaccinated parties have the choice of booking a shore excursion or visiting freely. Parties that wish to go ashore and include any unvaccinated guests, must book a shore excursion through Royal Caribbean that is provided by an independent local tour operator that has agreed to comply with recommended health protocols.

    Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely can visit our youth facilities once onboard to learn about drop off program hours and availability, and reserve time for their child on the day they wish to go in port. Drop off facilities will only be available for children aged 6 months to 11 years of age. Children aged 12 – 17 will not be permitted to stay onboard without their parents and will need to accompany their parents if they decide to go ashore.

    Italy
    All travel parties that wish to go ashore must purchase a local tour through Royal Caribbean. We have worked with local tour operators to ensure they follow health and safety guidance that aligns with our Healthy Sail Panel recommendations. Shore Excursions 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. This policy is subject to change as we continue to evaluate circumstances around the globe. All guests are subject to local restrictions and requirements in the ports we visit, such as local mask ordinances.

    Vaccinated guests will need to bring proof of vaccination on their tour when in Italy, as it is required to enter cultural sites, dining venues, and other public venues. Unvaccinated guests ages 6-17 will need to present a negative test result for COVID-19 at these venues. We will be providing complimentary mid-cruise testing that will satisfy this requirement. Guests aged under 6 do not need to present additional documentation.

    All guests travelling from the UK & Northern Ireland aged 6 years and above will be required to take a test within 48 hours of debarking for their first shore excursion in Italy. If guests choose not to debark in Italian ports of call this test will not be required. Additional details will be provided onboard.

    Shore Excursions
    Be sure to check out our selection of curated shore excursions — we’ve worked closely with local tour operators to ensure that they are following the health protocols we have outlined, and to offer a variety to choose from for all interests and budgets. You can reserve tours now on Cruise Planner.

    Local Regulations
    When going into port, please observe all local mask and physical distancing regulations in place. On shore excursions, your guide will let you know when a mask is needed.

    Read Detailed Mask Policy FAQs

    Documentation at Ports of Call
    Guests will also need to have completed the following documents prior to arriving in each country, if they wish to debark:

    Italy: Guests of all ages visiting Italy must complete the EU Digital Passenger Locator Form prior to every port of call in Italy.

    Preparing to Return Home

    Re-Entry Testing
    All unvaccinated guests aged 6-17 years will be required to take a complimentary COVID-19 test onboard towards the end of their cruise prior to debarking in Rome, Italy. This result is required for re-entry into Spain and can also be used for re-entry into your home country if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard. All other guests may need to take a COVID-19 test to re-enter their country of residence. For your convenience, we will schedule complimentary re-entry testing at the end of the cruise if required. Additional details will be provided onboard.

    Most Governments that require a re-entry test require it to be conducted within 72 hours of travel, cruise guests should plan to fly home within 24 hours of departing the ship, for the test result to be within the valid window. Please ensure you check your country of residence local travel guidance for any additional testing that may be required upon your arrival home.

    Read Detailed Testing FAQs

    EU Passenger Locator Form
    All guests may be required to complete a passenger locator form prior to debarking the cruise in Italy, Rome. Additional details will be provided onboard.

    Home Country Passenger Locator Form
    Many countries now require guests to complete a passenger locator form before travelling home. Please check your local government requirements before travel.

    For guests returning to England, please see essential travel information.

    Questions?

     

    Know Your Country's Additional Requirements

    Below are the latest requirements for cruises departing from Southampton, England. Be sure to look into any requirements your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

    GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM SOUTHAMPTON On Anthem of the Seas

    Vaccination Requirement

    For cruises from Southampton, all Royal Caribbean guests age 18 and older must present proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve. Guests younger than 18 don’t need to be vaccinated— but if they are, they should bring their proof of vaccination to board and they can follow the testing guidance for fully vaccinated guests.

    All crew onboard Anthem of the Seas will be fully vaccinated.

    Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

    Testing Requirements

    Before Travelling to Southampton, England

    Guests Living in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man):

    • All guests living in the UK must bring a negative result of a PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 3 days of sailing. We will email instructions on how to register for your complimentary test approximately 14-18 days before your cruise Boarding Day in Southampton.
    • Guests under the age of 2 have no testing requirement.

    Guests Arriving from Overseas:

    • All guests arriving from overseas are required to take a COVID-19 test within 3 of travel to England, this is a UK Government requirement and will be required by your airline. Additional tests and / or quarantine may be required depending on the country you have travelled from. Before departure check the list of red, amber and green countries, as the list can change regularly. An additional test is required by UK government on arrival into the UK, this must be taken on or before day 2 of your arrival.
    • All unvaccinated guests arriving from overseas are required to take a COVID_19 test within 3 days of sailing, this is a Royal Caribbean requirement. The same test used for entry to the UK can be used on arrival at the cruise terminal, if its been taken within 3 days of sailing. Costs associated with any predeparture tests are the guests' responsibility.

    Boarding Day in Southampton

    Guests Living in the UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Isle of Man):

    • Vaccinated guests living in the UK will not be required to take a test on arrival at the cruise terminal but will be asked to present their negative PCR test and COVID-19 vaccine certificate.
    • Unvaccinated guests 2-17 years old living in the UK will be required to take a complimentary rapid antigen test on arrival at the cruise terminal and receive a negative result in order to sail and will be asked to present their negative PCR test result.

    Guests Arriving from Overseas:

    • All guests aged 2 years and above traveling from overseas will be required to take a rapid antigen test on arrival at the cruise terminal and receive a negative result in order to sail. We will email instructions on how to register for your complimentary test approximately 14-18 days before your cruise.

    Before Returning Home

    • Guests are not required to take a COVID-19 test to disembark the cruise. Guests may need to take a COVID-19 test to meet the requirements of their destination country following the cruise, if needed a complimentary onboard PCR or Antigen test for COVID-19 can be arranged for any one that should require it to re-enter their country of residence. Guests under the age of 2 have no testing requirement.

    Read Detailed Testing FAQs

    We will continue to publish more protocols as they are developed. Booked guests will be advised of their specific requirements before setting sail.

    Travel Documents Checklist

    Guests sailing from Southampton will need to have the following documents when they arrive to board the ship.


    • Passport/ Driving License: Guests of every age are required to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after their sailing’s return date.  Residents of the UK may provide a valid UK photo Driving License.
    • Proof of Vaccination: Royal Caribbean requires guests age 18 and older to be fully vaccinated. On arrival at the port vaccinated guests from the UK must display their vaccination status on the NHS App or provide a valid NHS vaccination certificate. We recommend that guests register for the NHS App or vaccination certificate at least 2 weeks prior to travel. Guests who do not have access to the NHS service must provide a letter from their health authority or general practitioner (GP), vaccination cards will not be accepted for residents of England, Wales or Scotland. All other guests will be asked to display COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing.
    • COVID-19 Test Result: All guests from the UK and unvaccinated guests from overseas will need to present a negative test result for COVID-19 taken within 3 days of sailing. Guests must present their test certificate at the port which can be a paper or digital version.
    • Health Questionnaire: All guests must complete the pre cruise Health Questionnaire on the Royal Caribbean App. It will become available in the app the day before you board.
    • UK Passenger Locator Form: Guests arriving from overseas must fill in your Passenger Locator Form up to 48 hours before arrival. You must declare all countries you have visited or transited through in the 10 days prior to your arrival on your Passenger Locator Form.

    Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

    Cruise Ready Recap

    Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day in Southampton.

    • Get Vaccinated: It’s required for guests 18 and older — make sure you complete your full dosage at least 14 days before you arrive in Southampton.
    • Get Tested: It’s required for guests to enter England from overseas — make sure you plan to get a PCR test for COVID-19 within 3 days of your direct departure to England.
    • 30 Days Before: Download the Royal Caribbean App and check in for your cruise. At this time, you’ll also select a 30-minute arrival time slot to begin the boarding process in Southampton.
    • 14 Days Before: Register for the RT-PCR / Antigen test that you will take before boarding. We’ll email you instructions about two weeks before your cruise.
    • 3 Days Before: If you're a UK resident or an unvaccinated guest arriving from overseas, take your test for COVID-19 within 3 days of sailing out of Southampton.
    • 2 Days Before:  Complete your UK Passenger Locator Form if arriving from overseas.
    • 1 Day Before: Complete the Guest Health questionnaire on the Royal App.

    What to Expect On Boarding Day

    Getting ready to go aboard

    • We will provide all guests with a designated arrival time, we recommend that you complete your on-line check in as soon as possible so you can pick your preferred time.
    • It is essential that you arrive at your designated boarding time, failure to do this will cause a delay to your boarding experience
    • All guests will be asked to complete their wellness screening at the port and provide the required documentation. Unvaccinated guests and guests arriving from overseas will also need to take the rapid COVID-19 test on arrival at the port and wait for a short period for their results. You will be guided step by step through the process once you arrive.
    • Please wear your face mask at all times during the boarding process.

    Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

    Onboard the Ship

    Mask Policy
    For cruises departing Southampton, see the onboard mask policy below. We are continually evaluating this policy against the latest public health standards and will advise booked guests of any changes.

    • Outdoors onboard: Masks are not required outdoors in open-air areas, such as decks, balconies and by the pool, unless you are in a crowded setting. Masks are not permitted in the pool or for any activity where they could become wet.
    • Indoors onboard: All guests 11 years and older must wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, unless seated and actively eating or drinking. Masks are not required in your stateroom as long as you are with your own travel party.

    Read Detailed Mask Policy FAQs

    Muster 2.0
    The muster (or safety) drill—a mandatory practice at the beginning of each cruise designed to instruct guests in the unlikely event of an emergency. Guests complete the drill in their own time through the Royal Caribbean app. All guests will need to visit their assembly station—a designated check-in location onboard—to complete the process.

    Dining
    As all dining venues will offer spaced seating, it is strongly encouraged that you make reservations for your onboard dining. You can reserve specialty dining and My Time Dining times before your cruise via Cruise Planner. Reservations for the Main Dining Room and Windjammer can be made once onboard by using the Royal Caribbean App or calling the reservation line. Windjammer will be open for breakfast and lunch, and food will now be served to you by crew members to avoid guests sharing serving utensils. If you’d like to dine with other parties during your cruise, you can easily link your bookings by using the Royal Caribbean App or calling us.

    Entertainment
    Be sure to book your showtimes once onboard, using the Royal Caribbean App. Venues will seat at a reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing, but to ensure everyone gets a chance to enjoy our showstopping entertainment, we’ll also be offering more showtimes throughout your sailing.

    At Ports of Call

    From 15th August 2021, fully vaccinated parties have the choice of booking a shore excursion or visiting freely. Parties that wish to go ashore and include any unvaccinated guests, must book a shore excursion through Royal Caribbean that is provided by an independent local tour operator that has agreed to comply with recommended health protocols.

    Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely can visit our youth facilities once onboard to learn about drop off program hours and availability, and reserve time for their child on the day they wish to go in port. Drop off facilities will only be available for children aged 6 months to 11 years of age. Children aged 12 – 17 will not be permitted to stay onboard without their parents and will need to accompany their parents if they decide to go ashore.

    Shore Excursions
    Be sure to check out our selection of curated shore excursions — we’ve worked closely with local tour operators to ensure that they are following the health protocols we have outlined, and to offer a variety to choose from for all interests and budgets. You can reserve tours now on Cruise Planner.

    Mask Policy
    When going into port, please observe all local mask ordinances in place for the safety of our guests, crew, and locals in port. During shore excursions, your guide will advise as masks are needed.

    Read Detailed Mask Policy FAQs

    Preparing to Return Home

    Re-Entry Testing
    Guests may need to take a COVID-19 test to re-enter their country of residence. For your convenience, we will schedule complimentary re-entry testing at the end of the cruise if required. Additional details will be provided onboard.

    Most governments that require a re-entry test require it to be conducted within 72 hours of travel, cruise guests should plan to fly home within 24 hours of departing the ship, for the test result to be within the valid window. Please ensure you check your country of residence local travel guidance for any additional testing that may be required upon your arrival home.

    Re-Entry testing is not required for residents of the UK.

    Read Detailed Testing FAQs

    Home Country Passenger Locator Form
    Many countries now require guests to complete a passenger locator form before travelling home from overseas. Please check your local government requirements before travel.

    Residents of the UK are not required to complete a passenger locator form

    Questions?

    Keeping Each Other Safe

    Per 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. Any time 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 & 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 line
    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 crew or other travel parties
    Pools Face masks not required
    when observing physical distancing must be worn when engaging 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 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


     

    Learn more about our new protocols

    In partnership with our Healthy Sail Panel, we’ve developed comprehensive protocols for every part of the ship — as well as measures to keep you safe even while you’re exploring onshore. So all you have to focus on is having your best vacation.


    Taking Care of You

    We’re fully prepared with immediate medical evaluations, rapid testing and more critical care beds on each ship in the event of a suspected case of COVID-19.


    Learn more

    Healthy Sail Center

    We’ve partnered with expert medical and scientific minds to guide us in the development of comprehensive protocols to protect you and the ones you love.


    Learn more

     
     

    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
    or call us at +1-305-341-0204

     

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