As of September 6, 2022, here is a big overview of the most recent COVID-19 protocols taken from the following cruise lines websites.***
Carnival Cruise Lines
- Vaccinated guests must continue to provide evidence of their vaccination status prior to embarkation. Pre-cruise testing is no longer required, except for voyages 16 nights or longer or when required by destination.
- Unvaccinated guests are welcome to sail and are no longer required to apply for a vaccine exemption, except for cruises in Australia or on voyages 16 nights and longer.
- Unvaccinated guests or those who do not provide proof of vaccination must present the results of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within three days of embarkation or when required by destination.
- Self-testing is accepted for cruises 15 days and shorter
- Some destinations do not accept unsupervised testing.
- Unvaccinated guests are required to present negative test via VeriFLY, or during embarkation.
- If supervised by a medical professional, guests can show the negative result in the form of a printout, an email, or an app screen from the test provider.
- If self-testing is permitted, guests can provide a picture of the negative home test or present the actual negative test at embarkation. If providing a picture write your name and test date on a piece of paper, along with the negative test, and take a photograph with your mobile device.
- Boosters may be required for some cruises.
- All policies are subject to local destination regulations. Please check Carnival website for specifics for Bermuda, Canada, Greece, Spain, and cruises of 16 nights or more.
Unvaccinated guests are welcome to sail and do not need to apply for a Carnival vaccine exemption, except for voyages of 16 nights and longer. For guests who have a pending vaccine exemption application and are awaiting confirmation, their reservation is confirmed unless they are booked on a sailing that calls on Canada or if the voyage is 16 nights or longer.
All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, can cruise with us on sailings departing from U.S. and Europe ports (excluding sailings that visit Canada).
- Testing protocols will ease up on U.S. and Europe sailings.
- Accepting self-tests on sailings from U.S. ports that don’t visit Canada and Bermuda, and on many Europe sailings.
- For sailings 9 nights or less, vaccinated guests will no longer need to test to board, where destinations allow; and will have 3 days prior to boarding to test for sailings 10 nights or more.
- Unvaccinated guests ages 5 and older will need to test 3 days prior to boarding U.S. sailings (excluding Canada and Bermuda); and ages 12 and older for select Europe sailings.
Holland America Line
- Vaccinated guests will no longer have to test before boarding and only need to show proof of vaccination.
- Unvaccinated guests are welcomed aboard with a self-administered COVID-19 test taken within 3 days of embarkation..
- Some voyages require Enhanced Protocols that can be viewed on Holland America Line’s website.
- For U.S. residents sailing to the Caribbean and The Bahamas from U.S. ports, vaccination is recommended but no longer required.
- Vaccinated guests must show proof of vaccination at embarkation and are recommended but not required to submit a negative COVID-19 test.
- Unvaccinated guests (excluding children under age 2) are required to submit a negative test at embarkation.
- For non-U.S. residents, full vaccination is required for guests 12 years and older. Regardless of vaccination status, guests 2 years and older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen) at embarkation.
Norwegian Cruise Line
- Vaccinated cruisers, 12 years and older, have no testing requirement.
- Unvaccinated cruisers, 12 years and older, must show proof of a medically supervised negative PCR or Antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to embarkation.
- Guests, 11 years or under, have no additional protocols or testing requirements.
- Vaccinated guests will need to provide proof of vaccination status and are not required to test
- Unvaccinated guests must provide proof of a self-administered antigen or medically assisted PCR test within 3 days of embarkation.
- Children under 5 do not require pre-travel testing.
- Some voyages require Enhanced Guidelines that can be viewed on Princess Cruises’ website.
Royal Caribbean International
- COVID-19 vaccination is not required for sailings departing from U.S. home ports, as long as they do not visit Canada or Bermuda.
- Vaccinated guests won’t have to take a pre-cruise test on cruises that are shorter than 10 nights.
- Unvaccinated guests age 5 and up will need to test within 3 days before boarding
- Self-administered home tests are accepted.
***All protocols are subject to change. These requirements are from US ports, are typically for shorter (6 nights or less) sailings, and do not include stops in Canada or Bermuda so be sure to check all travel requirements by destination and port so there are no surprises during your cruise.