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What requirements are there for guests who wish to go ashore in ports of call? Will I be required to buy a shore excursion? Can I take an independent tour?

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Due to ordinances at federal, state, and local levels, as well as ongoing regional public health evaluations, requirements for going ashore vary depending on the port and your vaccination status. See below for details pertaining to specific departure ports. These requirements are subject to change as we continue to evaluate circumstances around the globe, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.  

Healthy Shore Excursions 

Know that Royal Caribbean has worked with local tour operators to ensure they follow our Healthy Sail Panel health guidance for all Shore Excursions in all ports of call. 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 Guests Departing from all U.S. home ports, including San Juan, Puerto Rico

Tours not Required for Fully Vaccinated Parties 

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 in go ashore in January and February, regardless of their vaccination status. 

  • St. Lucia 
  • Barbados
  • Falmouth

At the above destinations, vaccinated guests may depart the ship and visit the enclosed port area on their own. If they wish to visit further into port, they must have booked a Royal Caribbean shore excursion, or participate in a government approved tour. Government approved tours are unaffiliated with Royal Caribbean.  

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 in ports of call. This applies to all ports of call except those listed below. Vaccinated parents wishing to go ashore freely in the port that allow it, 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, but will not require, 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 or Labadee 

Tours or planned activities are not required of any guest who wishes to go ashore at our private destinations, Perfect Day at CocoCay or Labadee, regardless of age or vaccination status. 

Learn more about Perfect Day Protocols Here

 

Requirements for Guests Departing from Bridgetown, Barbados

Ports That Do Not Require Tours for Fully Vaccinated Guests 

In many ports of call, fully vaccinated parties may visit freely or book a shore excursion. Destinations that do not require tours at this time for fully vaccinated guests include St. Kitts, St. Maarten, Antigua, Curacao, Costa Rica, Aruba, Bonaire, Panama, and Colombia. Please note that these ports and requirements are subject to change at any time.

Ports that Require Tours for Fully Vaccinated Parties 

Due to current requirements of your itinerary, all guests on January and February sailings from Barbados will need to book a tour if they wish to go ashore in certain ports of call, regardless of vaccination status. Please see below information regarding going ashore for each port of call.  

St. Lucia and Grenada

Fully vaccinated parties may depart the ship and visit the enclosed port area on their own. If they wish to visit further into the island, they must purchase a tour through Royal Caribbean, or participate in a government approved tour. Government approved tours are unaffiliated with Royal Caribbean.  

St. Vincent and Dominica 

All guests must purchase a tour through Royal Caribbean if they wish to go ashore, regardless of vaccination status. 

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 in any port of call. Vaccinated parents who wish to go ashore freely in ports that allow free flow, 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. 

 

We will continue to update booked guests and the information on this page as we know more about this requirement for future sailings.   

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