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How long do you consider my vaccine good for? Do I need to get re-vaccinated or get a booster shot to sail?


We strongly recommend that fully vaccinated guests get a booster dose when they become eligible to do so. It is highly likely many destinations will soon begin to require booster doses for all eligible guests to be considered fully vaccinated. However, a booster is currently not required to be considered fully vaccinated by Royal Caribbean.

There is currently no guidance from drug makers or U.S. government agencies that indicates a set expiration date for full vaccination status.

We will continue to follow the CDC’s guidance on vaccine status and vaccine boosters and will update booked guests and published protocols as situations evolve.


For Cruises Departing From Europe

For the best cruise experience for sailings departing from or visiting European homeports, we strongly recommend guests be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccination. For sailings disembarking or stopping in Spain, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Belgium or the U.K., this recommendation applies to all guests age 12 and older. For sailings disembarking or stopping in Italy, this recommendation applies to all guests age 6 and older. 

According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), being up to date means you have had your original vaccine series, or a booster dose, within the past 270 days – and that you were vaccinated with an EMA-approved vaccine: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax (Nuvaxovid, Covovax), or Astrazeneca; or with a vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization. Guests who are not up to date will need to complete additional mid-cruise testing at their own expense. Testing onboard will be conducted by licensed and accredited third-party testing providers. The total charge from the third-party testing vendor for these tests is $55 USD per guest. This amount will be applied to the guest’s onboard expense account. Royal Caribbean will pay the testing vendor(s) on the guest’s behalf and will not retain any part of the testing costs.

Additional restrictions, including testing before disembarking in some European ports and restrictions while going ashore may apply. If you are in need of a booster dose to be considered up to date, you can get it as soon as the day you board the cruise and will be considered up to date instantly.  

Learn more about vaccine requirements.


All Royal Caribbean crew members are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible. 

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