Guidance on Pre-Cruise Testing Issues for U.S. and Canada Homeports
It’s important that both vaccinated guests, and unvaccinated kids, make every effort to get your pre-cruise test within the required timeframe. You must secure this test on your own, at your own expense. Without a negative pre-cruise test result, you will not be permitted to sail.
Unvaccinated Kids Without a Test
For unvaccinated kids, the timeframe is especially important. Per U.S. CDC guidance, children need to get a test within three days before boarding day, as well as taking the complimentary test on boarding day. The CDC also recommends that these two tests cannot happen on the same day, as that may affect the accuracy of the test samples. Therefore, unvaccinated children that show up without a pre-cruise test result taken within the required timeframe, will not be permitted to board, because they will not be able to complete the two tests at the last minute.
Vaccinated Guests Without a Test
Vaccinated guests only have to take the pre-cruise test, and they can do so no more than 2 days before boarding day, right up until the time they board. Vaccinated guests that have exhausted every option in trying to secure a pre-cruise test, can secure an antigen test performed by mobile providers outside the cruise terminal. However, availability is EXTREMELY LIMITED and by appointment only. The appointment must be scheduled in advance and we cannot guarantee any appointments will be available on a walk up basis. Pricing for this option starts at $99 USD, per person. Guests that are unable to secure a negative pre-cruise test result by this option or any other, will be denied boarding.
How to Schedule Pre-Cruise Testing Outside the Terminal
Vaccinated guests that need this option should schedule their testing appointment 30 minutes before their selected cruise check-in window. If your desired test time is unavailable, select a time closest after your cruise check-in window. Scheduling your test appointment much earlier than your cruise check-in window does not mean you will be permitted to check-in earlier than scheduled.
Results are delivered within 20 minutes via email. If a guest receives a positive result, they will not be permitted to enter the terminal or sail.
Appointments for pre-cruise testing outside the terminal open 30 days prior to your sailing date — guests will not be able to book prior to that. To book an appointment for a pre-cruise test outside the terminal, please select the port where your cruise will be departing from.
NOTE: Pre-cruise testing outside the terminal in the ports of Baltimore and Seward is still in development. We will update this page once registration becomes available.