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What are the pre-cruise testing requirements for my cruise?

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Pre-cruise testing is no longer required to sail, with a few exceptions. At this time, only the following sailings have pre-cruise testing requirements:

 

For Cruises from the U.S. and Caribbean with stops in Colombia

  • Guests age 18 and up who are not fully vaccinated will need to present a negative result for a PCR test taken within 3 days or an antigen test taken within 2 days prior to sailing.
  • Guests under the age of 17 and fully vaccinated guests do not have have any testing requirements.

Required testing 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.

Please note: A guest is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the required number of doses in their vaccine series have been fully administered (e.g. 2 shots of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, etc., or 1 shot of Johnson & Johnson). Vaccines must be approved for use by the WHO or U.S. FDA, with the exception of CanSino.

 

For Transatlantic Cruises

All guests age 5 and older must bring a negative test result for a COVID-19 test taken within 2 days before boarding day.

The test you take must be supervised by a health professional, such as a doctor, pharmacy technician, public health worker, or telehealth professional. Telehealth testing at home is 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.

Guests age 4 and younger do not have any testing requirements.

Please note: A guest is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the required number of doses in their vaccine series have been fully administered (e.g. 2 shots of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, etc., or 1 shot of Johnson & Johnson). Vaccines must be approved for use by the World Health Organization (WHO), with the exception of CanSino.

 

For Cruises from Australia

  • All guests aged 2 and above, regardless of vaccination status, must present a negative test result for a COVID-19  PCR test taken within 2 days before boarding day, or a self-administered Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 1 day before boarding, for sailings of any length.

Required testing for all guests can be completed using a PCR test administered at a private laboratory, or any self-administered Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). Rapid Antigen Tests are not required to be administered under live video supervision.

You will be required to present the negative test result at the time of boarding.  You can show it in the form of a printout or email if taking a PCR test.  Or if taking a RAT, you can show a picture of your negative RAT test on your phone, or present the actual negative test itself.

Guests under 2 years of age do not require testing.

Please note: A guest is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after the required number of doses in their vaccine series have been fully administered (e.g. 2 shots of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, etc., or 1 shot of Johnson & Johnson). Vaccines must be approved for use by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

 

How do I figure out which days I should get my pre-cruise COVID-19 test?

First, make sure you understand Test Requirements for your specific sailing. The timing for when you need to take your test can vary, based on where you are sailing. Test requirements are in the sections above.  

When calculating which days you can take your test, be aware that the day you set sail is not counted as one of the days.   

So, if your test is needed 3 days before you sail, you have the three full calendar days before boarding day to take your test. If it’s needed 2 days before you sail, you have the two full calendar days before boarding to take your test.  

For example, if you are setting sail on a Saturday, and you need to take the test within 3 days, you can take your test on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. You can also take it on Saturday before arriving at the terminal, if necessary, but we don’t recommend waiting until the last minute.  

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