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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.
 

Know Your Country's Additional Requirements

Below are the latest requirements for cruises departing from The Bahamas. Be sure to look into any requirements your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM THE BAHAMAS On Adventure of the Seas

The protocols communicated here apply only to guests departing from Nassau, Bahamas on Adventure of the Seas®. We will continue to update these protocols as public health situations evolve. Guidance for all other departure ports is still in development with federal, state and local authorities. Booked guests will be provided full details specific to their port of departure prior to sailing.

Requirements for Our Vaccinated Guests

For cruises departing Nassau before August 1, 2021: All guests age 16 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when they arrive in The Bahamas. Guests younger than 16 don’t need to be vaccinated — but if they are, they have the benefit of following the more relaxed guidance for fully vaccinated guests.

For cruises departing Nassau on or after August 1, 2021: The vaccination age requirement will be lowered from 16 years of age to 12 years of age. Guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when they arrive in The Bahamas.

All crew onboard Adventure of the Seas will be fully vaccinated.

Read Detailed Vaccine FAQs


Vaccinated Guests

Testing
All guests age 2 and older will need to take a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test no more than 5 days before arriving in The Bahamas. Vaccinated guests will need to show a printed copy of their negative result upon arriving at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, where check-in for the cruise will take place. Registration details will be sent prior to sailing. Costs associated with this test are the guests' responsibility.

Masks
Vaccinated guests do not need to wear a face covering on the ship or at Perfect Day at CocoCay. While visiting public ports of call, please follow all local mask requirements.

Requirements for Our Unvaccinated Youth Guests

Designed with the help of our Healthy Sail Panel and The Bahamas government, our guidelines for unvaccinated guests will help keep you and others healthy during your vacation.


Testing Requirement

Unvaccinated guests need to meet these testing requirements to enter The Bahamas and board the ship.

  1. All guests age 2 and older will need to take a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test no more than 5 days before arriving in The Bahamas and present a printed copy of their negative result at the check-in hotel. Guests age 12 and older will also need to submit their negative test result as part of the Bahamas Health Visa online application process, and again in person upon arriving at Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS). Costs associated with this test are the guests' responsibility
  2. On boarding day, guests will take a complimentary SARS-CoV-2 test at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau, where check-in for the cruise will take place. Registration details will be sent prior to sailing.
  3. A final complimentary SARS-CoV-2 test will take place on Day 5 or 6 onboard. This result is required for re-entry into The Bahamas and can also be used for re-entry into your home country if needed. Additional details will be provided onboard.

Guests under 2 years of age will not be tested.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs


The Bahamas Daily Health Survey

  • Each day while in the Bahamas, including while on the ship, parents or guardians of unvaccinated guests age 12 and older need to complete a short online survey about the health status of the unvaccinated guest they are traveling with. You can access the survey through the Royal Caribbean App, even if you have not purchased Wi-Fi onboard.


Unvaccinated Guest Mask Guidance

  • Outdoors: Masks are not required in open-air areas onboard the ship or at Perfect Day at CocoCay unless you are in a crowded setting. Masks are not permitted in the pool or for any activity where they could become wet.
  • Indoors: Masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces onboard the ship unless seated and actively eating or drinking. Masks are not required in your stateroom as long as you are with your own travel party.
  • In public ports: Local mask and distancing requirements at public ports of call must be followed.
  • Guests under age 2 do not need to wear a mask at any time.

Travel Documents Checklist

Guests sailing from Nassau will need to have the following documents when they arrive to board the ship.

Bahamas Health Visa: The government of The Bahamas requires all travelers age 18 and older to have a completed travel visa, known as the Bahamas Health Visa, to enter the country. Guests under 18 must be added to the visa profile of their parent or guardian. We recommend printing out the approved visa so the QR code is on hand as you travel into The Bahamas.

Learn more about the Bahamas Health Visa



  • RT-PCR Test Result: All guests age 2 and older— including those who have been vaccinated — will need to take a SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR test no more than 5 days before arriving in The Bahamas, and present a printed copy of their negative RT-PCR result upon arriving at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau. Unvaccinated guests age 12 and older will need to submit their test result as part of the Bahamas Health Visa application process. We recommend printing your test result to bring with you on boarding day.
  • Vaccine Card: Vaccinated guests must bring their original hard copy of vaccination proof issued by their government’s health authority (for example, a U.S. CDC Vaccination Record Card) and be ready to present it to board.
  • Passport: Guests of every age must have a passport book (not card) valid for at least 6 months after the date you’ll be returning to your country.
  • Health Questionnaire: All guests must complete the pre-cruise Health Questionnaire on the Royal Caribbean App. It will become available in the app the day before you board.

Read Detailed Travel Documents FAQs

Cruise Ready Recap

Follow these steps for a smooth boarding day in The Bahamas.

  • Get Vaccinated: It’s required for guests 16 and older sailing before August 1, 2021 and guests 12 and older sailing on or after August 1, 2021 — make sure you complete your full dosage at least 14 days before you arrive in The Bahamas.
  • 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 in Nassau.
  • 14 Days Before: Unvaccinated guests must register for the SARS-CoV-2 test on boarding day in The Bahamas. We’ll email instructions before your cruise.
  • 5 Days Before: All guests age 2 and older must take an RT-PCR test no more than 5 days before arriving in The Bahamas.
  • 2-5 Days Before: At least 48 hours before arriving in The Bahamas, complete the Bahamas Health Visa application process (this includes submitting your negative RT-PCR test result if you are unvaccinated and 12 years or older).
  • 1 Day Before: Complete our Guest Health questionnaire on the Royal App.

What to Expect On Boarding Day

Making your way from the Nassau airport to the check-in hotel

  • To ensure an organized boarding day and testing experience, check-in will take place at the British Colonial Hilton, near the ship in downtown Nassau.
  • Royal Caribbean guests arriving at the airport on boarding day will have their luggage collected there for transport directly to the ship.
  • You can pre-purchase a transfer on Cruise Planner, or you may take a private taxi to the check-in hotel.
  • Wear your face mask at all times during the customs and transfer process.

Getting ready to go aboard

  • It is important that you arrive at the hotel within your 30-minute arrival time slot that you previously selected in the Royal Caribbean App during online check-in. We've pre-arranged each arrival time slot around the specific guests we expect to arrive at that time. If you arrive early, the hotel is centrally located with various restaurants, bars, and shops nearby, where you can pass the time until your preselected slot opens.
  • You will be guided step by step on the document validation and testing process. If you are unvaccinated and will be getting tested at the check-in hotel, expect a short wait time for your results.
  • When you’re all clear to board the ship, it’s just a few minutes’ ride on the complimentary shuttle.
  • Wear your face mask at all times during the boarding process.

Check-in hotel information:
British Colonial Hilton Nassau
One Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
+1 242-302-9000

Read Detailed Boarding Day FAQs

Onboard the Ship

As we return to sea, Royal Caribbean is sailing with fewer guests onboard, letting you ease back into vacation mode.

Dining
As all dining venues will offer spaced seating, it is strongly encouraged that you make reservations for your onboard dining. You can reserve specialty dining and My Time Dining times before your cruise via Cruise Planner. Reservations for the Main Dining Room and Windjammer can be made once onboard by using the Royal Caribbean App or calling the reservation line. Windjammer will be open for breakfast and lunch, and food will now be served to you by crew members to avoid guests sharing serving utensils. If you’d like to dine with other parties during your cruise, you can easily link your bookings by calling us at 866-562-7625.

Entertainment
Venues will seat at a spaced, reduced capacity, and to ensure everyone gets a chance to enjoy our showstopping entertainment, we’ll also be offering more showtimes throughout your sailing. Be sure to book your showtimes once onboard, using the Royal Caribbean App.

At Perfect Day at CocoCay

All crew members at Perfect Day at CocoCay are fully vaccinated. On the island, we’ve spaced out furniture and have even more frequent cleaning procedures, so you can get right to chasing thrills or slip into an island state of mind the moment you arrive. There are plenty of great tours and activities for you to choose from, but you won’t need to book any in order to go ashore.

At Cozumel & Grand Bahama Island

Shore Excursions
You won’t need to book a tour in order to go ashore in Cozumel or Grand Bahama Island. But be sure to check out the selection of curated shore excursions — we’ve worked closely with local, independent tour operators who will be aligned with our health protocols and guidance. You can reserve tours now on  Cruise Planner.

Local Regulations
When going into port, you must observe all local mask and physical distancing regulations that are in place. On shore excursions, your guide will let you know when a mask is needed.

Read Detailed Mask Policy FAQs

Preparing to Return Home

Debark Testing
We will provide a complimentary test on Day 5 or 6 of your cruise for all guests age 2 and older. This test fulfills the requirement of The Bahamas that all unvaccinated visitors are tested on their 5th day in the country. It also fulfills the U.S. and Canada requirement that all incoming international air travelers be tested within the 3 days before their departing flight. Once onboard, we’ll let you know where to go for testing.

Read Detailed Testing FAQs

Transfer to the Airport

  • We recommend arriving at the Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS) three hours before your flight boarding time. Note that advanced airline check-in, via an app or other method, is not available in Nassau. Check-in for all airlines happens at the airport. U.S. guests will also go through a process to pre-clear U.S. Customs, so that you won’t have to go through the process when you arrive home.
  • Transfers from the ship to the airport can be pre-purchased before your cruise on Cruise Planner or once you are onboard the ship. If you prefer, you can also take a private taxi from the airport to the check-in hotel.

Questions?

 

Know Your Country's Additional Requirements

Below are the latest requirements for cruises departing from Seattle, Washington. Be sure to look into any requirements your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM SEATTLE, WASHINGTON On Ovation & Serenade of the Seas

The protocols communicated here apply only to guests departing from Seattle, Washington on Ovation of the Seas® and Serenade of the Seas®. We will continue to update these protocols as public health situations evolve. Guidance for all other departure ports is still in development with federal, state and local authorities. Booked guests will be provided full details specific to their port of departure prior to sailing.

Vaccination Requirement for Alaska Cruises Departing Seattle, Washington

For sailings departing before August 1, all Royal Caribbean guests age 16 and older must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. For sailings departing on or after August 1, the age requirement for vaccination will change from 16 to 12 years of age. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve.

Guests under the age of this requirement don’t need to be vaccinated and will receive a SARS-Cov-2 test before boarding. If a guest younger than the age requirement happens to be fully vaccinated, they should bring their original vaccination record card to board and should follow all vaccinated guest protocols while boarding and throughout their vacation.

All crew onboard Ovation of the Seas and Serenade of the Seas will be fully vaccinated.


Acceptable Proof of Vaccination

All guests must present proof of vaccination as well as all required travel documents upon arrival at the ship. Acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record document issued by the country’s health authority or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination (e.g., U.S. CDC's Vaccination Record Card). The vaccination record submitted must show that the guest is fully vaccinated. This means that the guest has completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (e.g., received the second dose in a two-dose series) and that the guest has received the final dose at least 14 days before arriving at their cruise departure terminal in Seattle.

Questions?

 

Know Your Country's Additional Requirements

Below are the latest requirements for cruises departing from Galveston, Texas. Be sure to look into any requirements your own home country may have for exiting or re-entering its borders.

GETTING READY TO CRUISE FROM GALVESTON, TEXAS On Independence of the Seas

The protocols communicated here apply only to guests departing from Galveston, Texas on Independence of the Seas®. We will continue to update these protocols as public health situations evolve. Guidance for all other departure ports is still in development with federal, state and local authorities. Booked guests will be provided full details specific to their port of departure prior to sailing.

Vaccination Requirement for Cruises Departing Galveston, Texas

For cruises departing Galveston, Texas this August onboard Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean guests age 12 and older must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with the final dose of their vaccine administered at least 14 days before sailing. We will continually evaluate these requirements and make updates as local public health standards evolve.

Guests under the age of this requirement don’t need to be vaccinated and will receive a SARS-Cov-2 test before boarding. If a guest younger than the age requirement happens to be fully vaccinated, they should bring their original vaccination record card to board and should follow all vaccinated guest protocols while boarding and throughout their vacation.

All crew onboard Independence of the Seas will be fully vaccinated.


Acceptable Proof of Vaccination

All guests must present proof of vaccination as well as all required travel documents upon arrival at the ship. Acceptable proof of vaccination must be in the form of the original vaccination record document issued by the country’s health authority or healthcare provider that administered the vaccination (e.g., U.S. CDC's Vaccination Record Card). The vaccination record submitted must show that the guest is fully vaccinated. This means that the guest has completed the full cycle of required doses for the vaccine administered (e.g., received the second dose in a two-dose series) and that the guest has received the final dose at least 14 days before arriving at their cruise departure terminal in Galveston.

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


 

Learn more about our new protocols

In partnership with our Healthy Sail Panel, we’ve developed comprehensive protocols for every part of the ship — as well as measures to keep you safe even while you’re exploring onshore. So all you have to focus on is having your best vacation.


Taking Care of You

We’re fully prepared with immediate medical evaluations, rapid testing and more critical care beds on each ship in the event of a suspected case of COVID-19.


Learn more

Healthy Sail Center

We’ve partnered with expert medical and scientific minds to guide us in the development of comprehensive protocols to protect you and the ones you love.


Learn more

 
 

Still have questions about our health & safety standards?
From pre-boarding testing to getting you back home safely, we've got answers.
Visit our Frequently Asked Questions
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Health and safety protocols, guest conduct rules, as well as regional travel restrictions and clearance to visit ports of call, are subject to change without notice based on ongoing evaluation, public health standards, and government requirements. Onboard and destination experiences, features, itineraries, and guest conduct rules vary by ship and destination and are subject to change without notice.

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