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

A handful of ports currently require guests to book a shore excursion to go ashore. See below to understand which ports require this.

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 on Round-Trip Cruises from all U.S. home ports, including San Juan, Puerto Rico

Guests 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 vaccination status. 

  • St. Lucia 
  • Barbados

At the above destinations, 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. 

Ports that Require Tours for Parties with Guests Who are Not Vaccinated

Due to current local requirements, guests who wish to go ashore in Antigua will need to meet the following requirements: Fully vaccinated parties may book a shore excursion or visit the port freely. Parties with unvaccinated children will need to book a tour to go 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 going ashore are subject to change as circumstances evolve, and we will continue to update booked guests of any requirements for their upcoming cruise.

 

Requirements for Cruises Departing from Europe & Israel 

Guests sailing from European home ports can visit most ports of call freely. However, additional requirements may exist in some countries for guests whose vaccination status is not considered up to date by EMA standards. For this reason, it is strongly recommended that guests bring their physical vaccination record and carry it when going ashore, as local authorities and businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter. Learn more about which ports may require additional testing.

For sailings visiting France, guests who are from an Orange List country will not be allowed to go ashore, per 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. 

 

Requirements for Cruises Departing from Singapore 

Guests aged 13 years and older on cruises that visit Malaysia, they must be “Fully vaccinated’ to be eligible to visit Malaysia ports of call. To find out if you are considered fully vaccinated, click here.

Unvaccinated kids aged 12 years and below are allowed to enter Malaysia.

Those who do not meet the vaccination status standards written by the Malaysia Government will not be able to go ashore in Malaysia while the ship is in port.

 

Requirements for Cruises Departing from Australia 

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 via email.

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