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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.
For transpacific sailings departing from Honolulu to Australia, please see your protocols here.

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM U.S HOMEPORTS INCLUDING PUERTO RICO

WITH NO STOPS IN BERMUDA

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from U.S. home ports. Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

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.

Note: U.S. Cruises that visit Bermuda
If your sailing visits Bermuda, see your protocols here.

Vaccination Guidance

It is recommended that guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if they are eligible. While vaccination documents will not be required to board, we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documents with you, as local authorities or businesses in some destinations require it for entrance. 

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

Guests 5 and up who are not fully vaccinated must bring a negative test result for a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within the 3 days before boarding day, regardless the duration of their cruise.

On sailings 10 night or longer, fully vaccinated guests age 5 and up must bring a negative test result for a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within the 3 days before boarding day. Testing is not required for fully vaccinated guests on itineraries of 9 nights or fewer.

Required testing for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, can be completed using any type of PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. It can be professionally proctored at your doctor or drugstore, or it can be a test you administer to yourself at home without supervision.

Tests must be arranged on your own and are at your own expense.

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. U.S. citizens that do not have a passport 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. International guests will need a passport book, valid for at least six months after your cruise.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and business in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their vaccination card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result (if applicable): See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions, especially if your sailing visits a port that requires a tour to go ashore. Ports currently requiring tours are listed in our Going Ashore FAQs.
  • 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.
  • No More than 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test, if required. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status 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.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks at times – follow posted signage or your tour guide's direction while ashore. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Currently there are no restrictions or required tours for any guest to go ashore at public ports of call or at our private destinations, regardless of vaccination status.

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

If your cruise is a transatlantic or one-way cruise, you have different protocols. See them here.
 
 

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM Barcelona, SPAIN, ENGLAND AND THE NETHERLANDS

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Barcelona, Spain, England and the Netherlands. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

Guests should be sure to look into any requirements your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Guidance

It is recommended that guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if they are eligible.

While vaccination documents will not be required to board sailings, we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documents with you, in case local authorities or businesses in some destinations require it for entrance.

Some of the destinations we visit require guests to be “up to date” with their vaccination status to go ashore. Those who do not meet these two requirements to be considered “up to date” may require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Up to Date Vaccination Status

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccination per the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

     

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Nuvaxovid

Those who do not meet these two requirements to be considered “up to date” will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Please make sure your entire cruise trip is within the 9-month window to be considered up to date for all port stops. If your vaccination was more than 9 months ago, you can get a booster with an EMA-authorized vaccine as late as the day before your trip, and be considered up to date by all countries.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

For sailings that visit Greece:

  • All guests age 12 and older, regardless of vaccination status, must show a negative antigen test within 48 hours or a negative PCR test within 72 hours before Boarding day.
  • Guests under 11 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.
  • This test can be satisfied using any proctored telehealth test kit or lab-supervised test. Self test kits are not accepted for sailings that visit Greece.

For sailings that do not visit Greece:

  • All guests age 12 and older who are not vaccinated, or are vaccinated but not up to date, must show a negative result for an antigen test within 24 hours or a PCR test within 72 hours before boarding day
  • Vaccinated guests who are up to date must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding day only on sailings 10N and longer. A precruise test is not required on sailings of 9N or less for guests who are up to date with their vaccination.
  • Guests age 11 and under do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

Required testing for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, can be completed using any type of PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. It can be professionally proctored at your doctor or drugstore, or it can be a test you administer to yourself at home without supervision.

Not ‘Up to Date’ or Unvaccinated: Additional Testing Required

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

Guests under 12 years of age will not be tested.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Travel Documents Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport Book or European ID Card (EU Nationals) valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and businesses in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 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.
  • 1 - 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status Questionnaire on the Royal App.

What to Expect On Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is 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.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under 2 years old do not have to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests of any vaccination status can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQs

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as local businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM Europe and the Middle East

Royal Caribbean is working closely with local government and health authorities to finalize protocols and requirements designed for the health and safety of our guests sailing from European and Middle Eastern homeports. Booked guests will be provided full details at least 30 days prior to their sailing.

We do anticipate that vaccination and testing requirements will remain in place, and we strongly encourage guests receive a booster shot when eligible. There could be a strong possibility for these sailings that guests will need a booster to enter select countries on their itinerary.

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE ALASKA FROM U.S HOMEPORTS

Here are the latest protocols for guests cruising Alaska from the U.S. Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

Protocols for your cruise, as outlined below meet the local travel requirements of Canada.

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

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. We will ask that you disclose your vaccination status prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal).

Children age 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise – but if your kids are vaccinated, they can follow test guidance for vaccinated guests.

Each guest’s regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

A Certificate of Recovery is not acceptable in lieu of full vaccination.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet boarding requirements in line with U.S. CDC guidance.

  • Vaccinated guests must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Kids age 11 and younger who have been vaccinated may follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2-11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than 3 days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated 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 which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Unvaccinated Kids: Additional Testing

Prior to Disembarking

  • For sailings debarking in Vancouver, British Columbia, unvaccinated guests age 5 – 11 will take a complimentary antigen test onboard no more than 1 day before arrival to Canada. Guests will be notified onboard how to register for this test.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Cruisetour Guests: Required Pre-Tour Testing
Royal Caribbean Cruisetour guests participating in a Southbound Cruisetour from Seward, Alaska will need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, before the land-tour portion of your Cruisetour.

  • Vaccinated guests must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before the day the land tour starts. Kids age 11 and younger who have been vaccinated may present proof of full vaccination and follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2-11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than 3 days before the day the land tour starts.
  • Guests under 2 years of age do not need to complete a pre-Cruisetour test.

Cruisetour guests will also need to complete the pre-cruise testing to board the ship in addition to the pre-tour testing. Vaccinated guests are advised to bring an eMed test kit with them on their Cruisetour to meet the pre-cruise testing requirement. For vaccinated guests without a test kit or unvaccinated kids age 11 and younger in need of a PCR test, a testing provider in Anchorage will be available to test guests at their own expense. Details on how to register for testing in Anchorage will be provided by your Cruisetour guide.

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 required for U.S. citizens. International guests will need a passport book, valid for at least six months after your cruise.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and businesses in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their vaccination card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.
  • ArriveCAN: All guests - including Canadians - or their legal guardians, must submit the mandatory travel information required by the Canadian government prior to boarding the cruise ship. Guests can complete the form on the ArriveCAN website or via the app available in the AppStore or on Google Play. Once completed you'll need to print or show the QR code provided at boarding. Learn more about Canada arrival requirements.

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 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 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 or pre-Cruisetour test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section. Note: Guests participating in a Cruisetour will need to complete the pre-cruise testing in addition to the pre-Cruisetour testing.
  • 1 to 3 Days Before: Complete the ArriveCAN form via the website or app.
  • 1 to 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status 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.

  • For those parties traveling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short wait time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulation.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under 2 years old don’t need to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Currently there are no restrictions or required tours for any guest to go ashore at public ports of call or at our private destinations, regardless of vaccination status.

For those interested in purchasing a shore excursion tour, these 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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

If your sailing departs on or after October 1, 2022, please see your protocols here.


 

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM VANCOUVER

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing Vancouver, British Columbia. Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Guests traveling into Canada 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

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

Children age 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise but if your kids are vaccinated, they can follow the test guidance for vaccinated guests.

Each guest’s regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

A Certificate of Recovery is not acceptable in lieu of full vaccination.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet boarding requirements in line with U.S. CDC guidance.

  • Vaccinated guests must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than 3 days before boarding day. If timed properly, the same PCR test result provided for entry into Canada can satisfy this requirement. Note: Royal Caribbean will not accept an antigen test to satisfy the pre-cruise testing requirement to board.
  • Unvaccinated 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.

All guests, or their legal guardians, will need to download the ArriveCAN app or visit the ArriveCAN website to provide mandatory travel information prior to and after your entry to Canada. Learn more about Canada arrival requirements.

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Unvaccinated Kids: 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
For all cruises, unvaccinated kids age 2-11 will take a complimentary test when checking in at the terminal. Registration details will be sent via email in advance.

Prior to Disembarking in Canada

  • For sailings debarking in Vancouver, British Columbia, unvaccinated guests age 5 – 11 will take a complimentary antigen test onboard no more than 1 day before arrival to Canada. Guests will be notified onboard how to register for this test.

Cruisetour guests
Royal Caribbean guests participating in a Northbound Cruisetour do not need to complete any additional testing before the land-tour portion of the Cruisetour. All Cruisetour guests will still need to complete the pre-cruise testing to board the ship.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Learn more about the different options available to you for completing your pre-cruise test

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 required for all U.S. citizens. A passport book is required for all international guests.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and businesses in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their vaccination card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.
  • ArriveCAN: All guests - including Canadians - or their legal guardians, must submit the mandatory travel information required by the Canadian government prior to boarding the cruise ship. Guests can complete the form on the ArriveCAN website or via the app available in the AppStore or on Google Play. Once completed you'll need to print or show the QR code provided at boarding. Learn more about Canada arrival requirements.

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 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions, especially if your sailing visits a port that requires a tour to go ashore. Ports currently requiring tours are listed in our Going Ashore FAQs.
  • 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. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 to 3 Days Before: Complete the ArriveCan form via the website or app.
  • 1 to 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status 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.

  • For those parties traveling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short wait time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulation.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under 2 years old don’t need to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests can visit ports of call in Alaska and Canada freely, regardless of vaccination status.

For those interested in purchasing a shore excursion tour, these 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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM SINGAPORE

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Singapore. Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Guests travelling into Singapore from another country should be sure to look into any requirements that your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests above 12 years of age must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing.

We will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal).

Children aged 12 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise but if your kids are vaccinated, they can follow the test guidance for vaccinated guests.

Each guest’s regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine to be considered fully vaccinated unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

For the best Singapore cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be "up to date" on their COVID-19 vaccination.

In order to go ashore in Malaysia, guests must be “up to date” with their vaccinations. To find out if your vaccination status is “up to date” with Malaysian government guidelines, click here.

For more information on vaccination policies in Singapore, please visit this website.

A Certificate of Recovery is not acceptable in lieu of full vaccination.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

  • Unvaccinated Guests ages 5 - 11 must present a negative test result for a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within the 3 days before boarding day, for sailings of any length.
  • Fully vaccinated guests age 12 and older, do not have any pre-cruise testing requirements for sailings of 9 nights or less. On sailings of 10 nights and longer, fully vaccinated guests must present a negative test result for a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within the 3 days before boarding day. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Required testing for all guests can be completed using any type of PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. It can be professionally proctored at your doctor or drugstore, or it can be a test you administer to yourself at home without supervision.
  • Guests under 5 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Additional Testing

Prior to Disembarking
Depending on your country of origin, you may also require testing before returning home. The scheduling and cost of this test will be the guest's responsibility.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

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

  • Vaccinated guests aged 12 and older must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than two days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated kids aged 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than three days before boarding day. Kids’ pre-cruise tests cannot be taken on boarding day, because that may affect the sample taken during the kids’ test at the terminal.
  • Guests under two years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

If you're travelling to the US from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the US.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Kids Aged 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 five 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 two 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 Our Detailed FAQ on Accepted Tests

Travel Document 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.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card: All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirements section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean app 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 above 12 years of age (13 years & 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.
  • 1 - 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status 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.

  • Make sure that you wear your face mask at all times during the boarding process.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated guests while onboard.

Dining

All dining areas will feature spaced, sanitized seating. All restaurants and cafes will be available to all guests. If you prefer a buffet, the Windjammer will be open to everyone for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the food will be served by our crew. We recommend that you make dining reservations via Cruise Planner before your cruise or by using the Royal Caribbean app onboard.

Entertainment

Theatres and activity venues will offer spaced seating and more showtimes. Be sure to make show reservations onboard using the Royal Caribbean app.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Requirements for Going Ashore

At this time only guests who are fully vaccinated are able to go ashore in Malaysia. Guests who only have 2 doses of Sinovac or Sinopharm, as well as guests aged 60 and older who have not yet received their booster, are considered to be partially vaccinated by the Malaysian Government and will be required to have a booster shot in order to debark in Malaysia.

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as local businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

 
 

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM ATHENS, GREECE

 

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Greece. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

Guests traveling into Greece 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 Guidance

It is recommended that guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if they are eligible.

While vaccination documents will not be required to board sailings, we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documents with you, in case local authorities or businesses in some destinations require it for entrance.

Some of the destinations we visit require guests to be “up to date” with their vaccination status to go ashore. Those who do not meet these two requirements to be considered “up to date” may require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Up to Date Vaccination Status

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccination per the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

     

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Nuvaxovid

Those who do not meet these two requirements to be considered “up to date” will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Tests must be supervised with the result provided on a certificate which includes the guest’s name and date of birth. Telehealth kits and self tests kits will not be accepted. All tests are at the guests’ expense.

  • All guests age 12 and older, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to present a negative antigen test within 48 hours or a negative PCR test within 72 hours before your sailing.
  • Guests age 11 and younger do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Not ‘Up to Date’ or Unvaccinated: Additional Testing Required

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

Prior to Disembarking
Guests 12 and up that are not up to date with their vaccinations will take an antigen test within one day before disembarkation day. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. The cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of $55 USD per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs.

Guests under 12 years of age will not be tested.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Travel Documents Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport Book or European ID Card (EU Nationals) valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required. A valid EU ID card may also be used when traveling on sailings which call only at EU ports. If your sailing calls at ports outside the EU, you will need a valid passport.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and businesses in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 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.
  • 2 - 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status Questionnaire on the Royal App.

What to Expect On Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is 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.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under 2 years old do not have to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests of any vaccination status can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQs

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as local businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

 
 

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM HAIFA, ISRAEL AND TARRAGONA, SPAIN

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Haifa, Israel and Tarragona, Spain. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

Guests traveling into Israel or Spain 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 Guidance

It is recommended that guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if they are eligible.

While vaccination documents will not be required to board sailings, we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documents with you, in case local authorities or businesses in some destinations require it for entrance.

Some of the destinations we visit require guests to be “up to date” with their vaccination status to go ashore. Those who do not meet these two requirements to be considered “up to date” may require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Up to Date Vaccination Status

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccination per the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

     

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Nuvaxovid

Those who do not meet these two requirements to be considered “up to date” will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Tests must be supervised with the result provided on a certificate which includes the guest’s name and date of birth. All tests are at the guests’ expense.

  • All guests age 12 and older, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to present a negative antigen test within 48 hours or a negative PCR test within 72 hours before your sailing.
  • Guests 11 years of age and younger do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.
  • This test can be satisfied using any proctored telehealth test kit or lab-supervised test. Self test kits are not accepted for sailings that visit Greece.

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Not ‘Up to Date’ or Unvaccinated: Additional Testing Required

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

Prior to Disembarking
Guests 12 and up that are not up to date with their vaccinations will take an antigen test within one day before disembarkation day. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. The cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of $55 USD per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs.

Guests under 12 years of age will not be tested.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Travel Documents Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport Book or European ID Card (EU Nationals) valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required. A valid EU ID card may also be used when traveling on sailings which call only at EU ports. If your sailing calls at ports outside the EU, you will need a valid passport.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and businesses in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 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.
  • 2 - 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status Questionnaire on the Royal App.

What to Expect On Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is 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.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under 2 years old do not have to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests of any vaccination status can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQs

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as local businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

If your cruise is a transatlantic or one-way cruise, you have different protocols. See them here.
 
 

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM ITALY

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Italy. Due to the fluidity of this situation, our protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

Guests traveling into Italy 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 Guidance

It is recommended that guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if they are eligible.

While vaccination documents will not be required to board sailings, we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documents with you, in case local authorities or businesses in some destinations require it for entrance.

Some of the destinations we visit require guests to be “up to date” with their vaccination status to go ashore. Those who do not meet these two requirements to be considered “up to date” may require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Up to Date Vaccination Status

For the best European cruise experience, we strongly recommend guests be “up to date” on their COVID-19 vaccination per the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson) no more than 9 months (270 days) ago, or a booster dose. Guests that have received a booster dose will qualify regardless of the amount of time that has passed since receiving their booster. Children who have received one dose (unless Johnson & Johnson) do not count as fully vaccinated.

     

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Nuvaxovid

Those who do not meet these two requirements to be considered “up to date” will require additional testing onboard prior to going ashore in certain ports.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Pre-cruise test requirements for sailings from Italy vary depending on itinerary.

For sailings that visit Greece:

  • All guests age 12 and older, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to present a negative antigen test within 48 hours or a negative PCR test within 72 hours before your sailing.
  • Guests age 11 and under do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.
  • This test can be satisfied using any proctored telehealth test kit or lab-supervised test. Self test kits are not accepted for sailings that visit Greece.

For sailings that do not visit Greece:

  • All guests age 12 and older who are not vaccinated or are vaccinated but not up to date, must show a negative result for an antigen test within 24 hours or a PCR test within 72 hours before boarding day.
  • Vaccinated guests who are up to date must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding day on sailings of 10N and longer only. A precruise test is not required on sailings of 9N or less for guests who are up to date with their vaccination.
  • Guests age 11 and younger do not need to complete any precruise testing.
  • Required testing regardless of vaccination status can be completed using any type of PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. It can be professionally proctored at your doctor or drugstore, or it can be a test you administer to yourself at home without supervision.

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Not ‘Up to Date’ or Unvaccinated: Additional Testing Required

During the Cruise
In addition to the pre-cruise test, guests age 12 and up who are considered not up to date with their vaccination, or are not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine, will require additional testing to be completed onboard at their own expense, in order to go ashore in select countries. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQ

For Sailings Visiting Greece:
Guests 12 and up that are not up to date with their vaccinations will take an antigen test within one day before disembarkation day. Guests will be notified onboard about how to register for this test. The cost of the test is at their own expense, conducted onboard by a licensed third-party testing provider at a cost of $55 USD per test. Royal Caribbean does not retain any part of the testing costs.

Guests under 12 years of age will not be tested.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Travel Documents Checklist

You'll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship.

  • A Passport Book or European ID Card (EU Nationals) valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required. A valid EU ID card may also be used when traveling on sailings which call only at EU ports. If your sailing calls at ports outside the EU, you will need a valid passport.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Certificate or e-Certificate via your country’s health agency app is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and businesses in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 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.
  • 1 - 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status Questionnaire on the Royal App.

What to Expect On Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is 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.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for fully vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under 2 years old do not have to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests of any vaccination status can visit ports of call freely. However, additional testing requirements may exist in some countries for guests who are unvaccinated; not considered up to date by EMA standards; or not vaccinated with an EMA-authorized vaccine. To learn more about requirements by port, please visit our Europe Port Testing Requirement FAQs

It is strongly recommended that guests be up to date and bring their vaccination record while ashore, as local businesses in some countries may require proof of vaccination to enter.

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

For transpacific sailings departing from Honolulu to Australia, please see your protocols here.
 
 

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM U.S HOMEPORTS

FOR ITINERARIES WITH STOPS IN BERMUDA

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from the U.S. with stops in Bermuda. If your U.S. cruise does not visit Bermuda or Canada, you have different protocols. Visit the main menu page and select your port of departure from the dropdown to find yours.

Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes.

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

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. We will ask that you disclose your vaccination status prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal).

Children age 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise – but if your kids are vaccinated, they can follow test guidance for vaccinated guests.

Each guest’s regimen must include at least two doses of vaccine unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

A Certificate of Recovery is not acceptable in lieu of full vaccination.

For guests on cruises that visit Bermuda, note that the local government does not recognize Novovax or Covaxin as approved vaccines — guests whose vaccination series consists of either will not be permitted to go ashore. For additional details, visit our FAQ on Cruises to Bermuda.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet boarding requirements in line with local regulations for destinations on your itinerary.

  • Vaccinated guests must show a negative result for a PCR or antigen test taken no more than 2 days before boarding day. Kids age 5 to 11 who have been vaccinated may follow the testing protocols for vaccinated guests.
  • Unvaccinated kids age 2 to 11 must show a negative test result for a PCR test (not antigen) taken no more than 3 days before boarding day.
  • Unvaccinated 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 which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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. U.S. citizens that do not have a passport 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. International guests will need a passport book, valid for at least six months after your cruise.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and businesses in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their vaccination card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.

For guests on cruises traveling to Bermuda:

  • Bermuda Travel Authorization is required for all travelers age 2 and older, or their legal guardians when checking in. For additional details, visit our FAQ on Cruises to Bermuda.

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 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 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.
  • 30 Days Before: For sailings to Bermuda, complete your Travel Authorization. Required for all guests age 2 and up.
  • 2 or 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 to 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status 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.

  • For those parties traveling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the COVID-19 testing process. Expect a short wait time for results before boarding.
  • In our terminals, masks are optional unless required by local regulation.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under 2 years old don’t need to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Currently there are no restrictions or required tours for any guest to go ashore at public ports of call or at our private destinations, regardless of vaccination status.

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM AUSTRALIAN HOMEPORTS

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Australia. Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Guests traveling into Australia from another country should be sure to look into any requirements your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

If you're travelling to Australia from another country, you must ensure you meet Australia’s international border entry requirements, including vaccination status, visa, maritime declaration entry requirements and travel exemption requirements. Learn more about this requirement here:

Health & Travel Acknowledgement

Before finalizing your travel plans, all guests must review and acknowledge they have read and accepted their obligation to comply with Australian Government protocols and Royal Caribbean supplementary terms and conditions.

    

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. Children aged 11 and under do not require COVID-19 vaccination to cruise however it is highly recommended.

We will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal).

As part of Australian Federal and State Government guidelines for cruising, at least 95% of guests must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Children aged 11 and under, and guests with a valid medical exemption are permitted to travel however there is a limit on the number of unvaccinated guests that can travel on each cruise departure.

If you are travelling with children aged 11 or under that are unvaccinated or if anyone in your travel party is unvaccinated due to a valid medical exemption, please notify us via the vaccination survey for approval to cruise which will be sent to guest emails seven (7) days after your booking is made. Alternatively, please contact our call center team on 1800 754 500.

All guests must declare their vaccination status and provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination before boarding.

To be considered fully vaccinated guests should be vaccinated with a recognized vaccine and dosage as specified by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). For more information on Australian recognized vaccines and dosage requirements please visit https://www.tga.gov.au/international-covid-19-vaccines-recognised-australia

It is recommended that all guests have the influenza vaccine at least two weeks prior to sailing.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated.

Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, it is likely that all guests will need to take a COVID-19 test on their own, at their own expense, to meet boarding requirements in line with Australian Federal and State Government guidance.

We will provide information of any testing requirements via email, a minimum of 30 days prior to your departure.

Detailed Testing FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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 Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

Travel Documents Checklist

You’ll need to have the following documents when you arrive to board the ship. Please note, there may be the requirement to present additional documentation to the list below due to Federal and State Government requirements. Any additional documentation requirements will be communicated to you via email, a minimum of 30 days prior to your departure.

  • Valid Identification: For all cruises departing Australia and calling into ports outside of Australia, a valid passport and appropriate visa will be required. You are responsible to ensure that you have all necessary visas and that your passport is up to date and will remain valid for at least 6 months from the date of the termination of your cruise.
  • For Australian voyages departing Australia and calling into only Australian ports:

  • Australian citizens require either a valid passport or government issued pictured and laminated ID card to be used as identification.
  • For all other nationalities, a passport (plus visa if needed in Australia) is required.
  • Children aged 17 years and under will require a passport or Birth Certificate to travel or government issued photo ID.
  • Children under 16 years of age, who do not have a passport or Photo ID, must have a copy of their birth certificate or their parents Australian Medicare Card.

  • International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or Record Card with the final dose of your vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing as required per the Australian government. For all guests aged 12 and older. Children aged 5 to 11 who have been fully vaccinated may present proof of vaccination.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Review and Acknowledgment: The Health & Travel Acknowledgment before finalizing your travel plans.
  • Get Vaccinated: It's required for guests 12 and older.
  • Notify Us As Soon As Possible: If you are travelling with guests aged 11 or under that are unvaccinated, or unvaccinated guests with a medical exemption.
  • 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 process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 2 or 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test if required. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status 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.

  • For those parties traveling with unvaccinated guests, we will also guide you through the departure process.
  • At the cruise terminal, it is likely that masks will be required. These protocols are subject to change and mask protocols will be communicated to you via email prior to your departure.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Mask Guidance

It is likely that masks will be optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. Guests under 2 years old don’t need to wear a mask. These protocols are subject to change and mask protocols will be communicated to you via email prior to your departure.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Full protocols for the New Orleans Fall/Winter season are still in development. We will notify booked guests closer to their sail date to confirm any further guidance that may be in place for their sailing. Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do.

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 Guidance

For cruises that set sail from New Orleans, it is recommended that guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if they are eligible. While vaccination documents will not be required to board, we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documents with you, in case local authorities or businesses in some destinations require it for entrance.

Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks in public places or on public transportation – signage will be posted and your local tour guide will advise when needed. Mask protocols are subject to change.

Questions?

GETTING READY FOR TRANSATLANTIC CRUISES FROM EUROPE TO THE U.S.

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from U.S. to Europe on Transatlantic cruises. Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes.

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.

 

Please see below sailings for which protocols are currently available. 

  • October 17, 2022 Anthem of the Seas sailing from Southampton, England to Cape Liberty, New Jersey.

  • October 25, 2022 Jewel of the Seas sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Orlando, Florida.

  • October 30, 2022 Wonder of the Seas sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Orlando, Florida.

  • October 31, 2022 Odyssey of the Seas sailing from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • November 4, 2022 Vision of the Seas sailing from Barcelona, Spain to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • November 5, 2022 Brilliance of the Seas from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy to Tampa, Florida.

  • November 8, 2022 Rhapsody of the Seas from Barcelona, Spain to Bridgetown, Barbados.

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guest age 5 and older on transatlantic sailings must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. Guests age 5 and older who are not vaccinated will not be permitted to board a transatlantic sailing departing from Europe to the U.S.. Guests must be at least 1 year of age to sail.

Each guest’s original vaccine series must include at least two doses of vaccine to board, unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorized a single-shot regimen for a two dose vaccine.

Your vaccine must be approved or authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO) or European Medicines Agency (EMA) to board the ship. 

Guests who are up to date on their vaccination will have more time to complete their pre-cruise test.

To be considered up to date by all European countries we sail to, your vaccination must meet both of the following requirements.

  1. You received your most recent vaccine dose no more than 9 months (270 days) ago. This could have been the final dose in your original vaccine series (or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson), or a booster dose.

  2. Your most recent vaccine dose is on this list of EMA-approved vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • AstraZeneca
  • Nuvaxovid

A Certificate of Recovery is not acceptable in lieu of a full vaccination for guests of vaccine eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

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

  • Vaccinated guests who are up to date must show a negative result for a supervised PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding day.
  • Vaccinated guests who are not up to date must show a negative result for a PCR test taken with 72 hours of boarding or an antigen test taken within 24 hours of boarding.
  • Guests under 5 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

eMed Tests Kits for Travelers
Through our testing partners, U.S.-based vaccinated guests may purchase antigen test kits that you can complete online with a supervised virtual video visit, wherever you are, 24 hours 7 days a week to meet travel testing requirements for cruise or flight. Learn more

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required for all guests.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and businesses in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their vaccination card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App the day before you board.
  • ESTA Form for non-US Citizens, must be completed before boarding the cruise. Learn more and apply for an ESTA here. Note: Guests sailing on Rhapsody of the Seas from Barcelona, Spain do not need to complete the ESTA application.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It’s required for all guests on transatlantic sailings departing from Europe to the U.S. Booster doses are not required but are recommended for those who are eligible.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 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 important you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 3 - 30 Days Before: Apply for an ESTA travel authorization if your transatlantic sailing ends in the United States and you are not U.S. citizen.
  • 1 - 2 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Before: All guests must complete our Health Status 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.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests can visit most ports of call freely. 

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs.

Questions?

GETTING READY FOR TRANSPACIFIC CRUISES FROM THE U.S. TO AUSTRALIA

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Hawaii to Australia on Transpacific cruises. Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes.

If you're travelling to Australia from another country, you must ensure you meet Australia’s international border entry requirements, including vaccination status, visa, maritime declaration entry requirements and travel exemption requirements.

Please see below sailings for which protocols are currently available. 

  • October 9, 2022 Ovation of the Seas sailing from Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia

  • October 13, 2022 Quantum of the Seas sailing from Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii to Brisbane, Australia

Vaccination Requirement

All Royal Caribbean guests age 5 and older on transpacific sailings must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with the final dose administered at least 14 days before sailing. Guests age 5 and older who are not vaccinated will not be permitted to board a transpacific cruise departing from the U.S. to Australia. Guests must be at least 1 year of age to sail.

Although not required, it is recommended that guests be up-to-date with their boosters when eligible.

Each guest’s original vaccine series must include at least two doses of vaccine to board, unless the guest received the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No exceptions will be made, even if the guest's resident country has authorized a single-shot regimen for a two dose vaccine.

We will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal). 

A Certificate of Recovery is not acceptable in lieu of a full vaccination for guests of vaccine eligible age.

All crew onboard the ship and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated and receive a booster dose as they become eligible.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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

Testing Requirements

Required Pre-Cruise Testing

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

  • Guests age 5 and up must show a negative result for a supervised PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days before boarding day.
  • Guests under 5 years of age do not need to complete a pre-cruise test.

Required testing for guests must be a PCR or antigen test completed under professional supervision. It can be professionally proctored at your doctor or drugstore. Telehealth testing at home is also accepted for vaccinated guests, and must be conducted under live video supervision.

Tests must be arranged on your own and are at your own expense.

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, valid for at least six months after your cruise, is required for all guests.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is required by the Australian government for entry into the country.
  • COVID-19 Test Result: See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.
  • Australian Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) to be completed by all guests before boarding the cruise ship. Learn more about Australia entry requirements.

For guests on the Ovation of the Seas sailing departing October 9, 2022:

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • Get Vaccinated: It’s required for all guests on transpacific sailings departing from the U.S. to Australia. Booster doses are not required but are recommended for those who are eligible.
  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions.
  • 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 important you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • 3 – 30 Days Before: Apply for a Australia Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) forms. For guests on Quantum of the Seas, you will also need to apply for a New Zealand eTA.
  • 1 - 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status 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.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Guests can visit most ports of call freely. 

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs.

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM BRIDGETOWN, BARBARDOS

Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. 

Guests traveling into Barbados 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 Guidance

It is recommended that guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if they are eligible. While vaccination documents will not be required to board, we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documents with you, as local authorities or businesses in some destinations require it for entrance.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

All Guests: Required Pre-Cruise Testing

Before arriving on boarding day, you’ll need to take a COVID-19 test on your own, at your own expense, to meet U.S. CDC boarding requirements.

  • 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.

If you're travelling to the U.S. from another country, you'll also need to take a test to enter the U.S.
Learn more about this requirement

Have questions about which tests are accepted?
Read Our Detailed FAQ On Accepted Tests

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

Testing Requirements

Guests age 5 and up who are not fully vaccinated must bring a negative test result for a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within the 3 days before boarding day, regardless of the length of their cruise.

On sailings of 10 nights or longer, fully vaccinated guests age 5 and up must bring a negative test result for a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within the 3 days before boarding day. Testing is not required for fully vaccinated guests on itineraries of 9 nights or fewer.

Required testing for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, can be completed using any type of PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. It can be professionally proctored at your doctor or drugstore, or it can be a test you administer to yourself at home without supervision.

Tests must be arranged on your own and are at your own expense. 

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, valid for at least six months after your cruise.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and business in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their vaccination card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result (If applicable): See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.
  • Barbados Immigration/Customs Form: All travelers to Barbados, or their legal guardians, must complete the Immigration/Customs form to enter Barbados. This is available on the BIMSafe app, or at travelform.gov.bb, and should be completed 24-72 hours before you leave. This process includes uploading your proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

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 important you stick to this arrival window, as we’re arranging the boarding process to accommodate a certain number of guests at one time.
  • No More than 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test if required.
  • 1 - 3 Days Before: Complete your Barbados customs form required to enter the country.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status Questionnaire on the Royal App.

What to Expect On Boarding Day

Arrive Only During Your Time Slot

It is 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.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks at times – follow posted signage or your tour guide's direction while ashore. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Currently there are no restrictions or required tours for any guest to go ashore at public ports of call or at our private destinations, regardless of vaccination status.

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs.

Questions?

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM VANCOUVER

Here are the latest protocols for our guests sailing from Vancouver, British Columbia. Protocols are subject to change and we are committed to keeping you informed if they do. Whenever possible we will provide prior notice for any changes. Just the same, we'll let you know if any requirements are reduced or eliminated.

Guests traveling into the Canada 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 Guidance

It is recommended that guests are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if they are eligible. While vaccination documents will not be required to board, we will ask that you disclose your vaccination status to us prior to boarding (via the app, on our website, or at the terminal). We recommend you bring your vaccination documents with you, as local authorities or businesses in some destinations require it for entrance. 

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs

Testing Requirements

Guests 5 and up who are not fully vaccinated must bring a negative test result for a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within the 3 days before boarding day, regardless the duration of their cruise.

On sailings 10 night or longer, fully vaccinated guests age 5 and up must bring a negative test result for a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test taken within the 3 days before boarding day. Testing is not required for fully vaccinated guests on itineraries of 9 nights or fewer.

Required testing for all guests, regardless of vaccination status, can be completed using any type of PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. It can be professionally proctored at your doctor or drugstore, or it can be a test you administer to yourself at home without supervision.

Tests must be arranged on your own and are at your own expense.

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. U.S. citizens that do not have a passport 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. International guests will need a passport book, valid for at least six months after your cruise.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card is recommended for fully vaccinated guests, as local authorities and business in some ports we visit may ask guests to present their vaccination card for entrance.
  • COVID-19 Test Result (if applicable): See details in the Testing Requirement section above.
  • Health Status Questionnaire to be completed on our Royal Caribbean App before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day.

  • 30 to 90 Days Before: Book your Shore Excursions, especially if your sailing visits a port that requires a tour to go ashore. Ports currently requiring tours are listed in our Going Ashore FAQs.
  • 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.
  • No More than 3 Days Before: Get your pre-cruise test, if required. See details above in the Testing Requirements section.
  • 1 - 30 Days Before: All guests must complete our Health Status 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.

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Onboard the Ship

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional while onboard. Some destinations we visit may require masks at times – follow posted signage or your tour guide's direction while ashore. These protocols are subject to change.

Going Ashore in Ports of Call

Currently there are no restrictions or required tours for any guest to go ashore at public ports of call or at our private destinations, regardless of vaccination status.

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.

For more details on specific requirements by port, please visit our Going Ashore FAQs

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


 
 

Still have questions about our health & safety standards?
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