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Updated Guidance for Cruises Departing the U.S.


We are currently developing updated protocols that provide for the continued safety of our guests, crew, and the communities we visit, better align with the travel and hospitality sector, and meet destination regulations. This means we’re transitioning to the point where everyone will be able to vacation with us.

We have recently revised our testing requirement for most U.S. sailings:

  • • Fully vaccinated guests will only have to show a test result at boarding if the sailing is 6 nights or longer.
  • • Unvaccinated children will still need to show a test result to board all sailings, regardless of length. However, they will not need to test again at the terminal.
  • • Vaccinated guests and unvaccinated children now have the same test window and test types: You can show a negative test result from a supervised PCR or antigen test taken within the 3 days before your boarding day. Learn more.
  • • This revision does not apply to guests whose itinerary visits Canada or Bermuda. These itineraries have their own testing protocols, based on local regulations, until further notice.

We are continuing to work with our destination partners to evolve and finalize vaccination requirements and other travel protocols, as we begin transitioning to the point where everyone will be able to vacation with us. We look forward to providing more updates in coming days.

Looking for travel advisories and itinerary modifications? Please visit our Itinerary Updates page.

Healthy Sailing at a Glance

Vaccinated guests

All guests age 12 and up are fully vaccinated. Booster doses, though not required, are strongly recommended once you are eligible.

Vaccinated guests
All guests age 12 and up are fully vaccinated. Booster doses, though not required, are strongly recommended once you are eligible.

 

Vaccinated crew

All crew onboard our ships and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated, and boosted once eligible.

Vaccinated crew
All crew onboard our ships and at our private destinations are fully vaccinated, and boosted once eligible.

Precruise testing

Vaccinated guests will not need to show a test to board shorter itineraries. See full guidance.

Precruise testing
Vaccinated guests will not need to show a test to board shorter itineraries. See full guidance.

 

 

 

Mask Guidance

Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children. See full guidance.

Mask Guidance
Masks are optional for vaccinated guests and recommended for unvaccinated children. See full guidance.

Flexibility when you need it

Get a 100% refund if anyone in your travel party tests positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of your cruise.*

Flexibility when you need it
Get a 100% refund if anyone in your travel party tests positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of your cruise.*


 

Getting Ready for a Healthy Cruise


 

Healthy Ships, Happy Guests

 

 

Learn more about the ways we keep our ships sparkling clean and healthy, from sanitized surfaces to air filtration to our newly upgraded medical center.

 

 

Medical Grade Cleaning Standards

Medical Grade Cleaning Standards

Royal Caribbean takes great pride in keeping our ships sparkling clean. Our evolved sanitization protocols use EPA-certified disinfectants and techniques like electrostatic fogging to clean frequently and consistently. Plus we’ve reduced the need to touch surfaces wherever possible. Learn more about our cleaning protocols here.

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Fresh Filtered Air

100% Fresh, Filtered Air

There's nothing like the fresh air of the open ocean, wherever you are on board. On Royal Caribbean® ships, our HVAC system continuously supplies 100% fresh, filtered air from outdoors to all indoor spaces. You can breathe easy knowing that, thanks to this robust system, the transmission of aerosol particles between spaces (like those from a cough) is extremely low to virtually impossible — as validated in an independent assessment conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the National Strategic Research Institute on board a Royal Caribbean ship. Learn more about our air and cleaning protocols here.

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360 Medical Center

Upgraded Medical Facilities & Expert Care

There’s nothing more important than your health and safety. That’s why we’ve made our high-quality onboard medical care stronger than ever, with more doctors and nurses on each ship and state-of-the-art equipment enhancements. And in the event of a suspected case of COVID-19, we’re fully prepared with sound care plans, including rapid testing onboard.

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*Last modified April 29, 2022. Subject to change. “Traveling Party” means your family members living with you in the same household and traveling companions assigned to your stateroom on the cruise. Conditioned upon compliance with the RCG COVID-19 Policies and Procedures in effect at the time of the cruise. To qualify for a refund, if your COVID-19 test was administered by a provider other than one retained by Royal Caribbean, you must present your verified positive test result in a form acceptable to Royal Caribbean. Additional terms and conditions apply. See our COVID-19 Refund and Cancellations Policy and your Cruise Ticket Contract for details.

 
 
Still have questions about our health & safety standards?
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions
or call us at 800-256-6649

 

 

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