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COVID-19 Cruising Rules, Requirements & Safety Protocols

COVID-19 Cruising Rules, Requirements & Safety Protocols

The post-pandemic cruising world will come with many new rules, requirements and safety changes. Many will be reflected universally throughout the entire cruising industry and some will be specific to individual countries, ports and cruise lines. We will be collecting and summarizing as many of these changes as possible. If you have any questions or additional information to submit post it in our Community Forums.

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Cruise Lines

  • American Cruise Lines Logo
    American Cruise Lines

    The American Cruise Lines is enforcing new rules on current sailings.


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Guests are required to be fully vaccinated for all sailings departing on March 13, 2021, through April 10, 2021
    • Guests will be required to take a COVID-19 test within 4 days of the start of their trip
    • Guests may be required to provide two negative COVID-19 test results, one four days before their journey and another on the day of boarding, "if necessary."
    • Require guests and crew to wear masks

    Safety Protocols
      American Cruise Lines’ states its' safety protocols are "subject to review and change at any time" and that requirements "may vary depending on the region and dates of travel." No specific details have been released at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-26
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  • American Queen Steamboat Co. Logo
    American Queen Steamboat Co.

    The American Queen Steamboat Company will be enforcing new rules and implementing new safety protocols starting July 1, 2021.


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Require all guests and crew to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for all sailings at least 14 days prior to sailing
    • Require guests to get a COVID-19 test prior to embarking
    • Require guests and crew to wear masks onboard
    • Require guests and crew to undergo temperature checks
    • Risk free booking - administrative fees and cancellation penalties for 2021 bookings made will be waived and a full refund will be provided if cancellation is made at least 61 days prior to departure

    Safety Protocols
    • Implemented electrostatic fogging to disinfect public spaces twice each day
    • Added UV-C light to all main air handlers


    Last Update: 2021-03-23
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  • Carnival Cruise Lines Logo
    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Carnival Cruise Lines removed their new health and safety protocol changes from their website just hours after they were released on February 9, 2021. After an influx of comments and questions about the updated rules, Carnival took down the announced changes and replaced them with basic health requirements issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The cruise line said the updated protocols were posted before being approved.


    New Rules / Requirements
      No announcements at this time.

    Safety Protocols
      No announcements at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-23
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  • Crystal Cruises Logo
    Crystal Cruises

    Crystal Cruises interim president and CEO, Jack Anderson, said "We know that peace of mind is the greatest luxury, and the vaccine requirement is simply the best way to ensure the safest possible Crystal Experience for all on board."


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Will require guests to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before a cruise.
    • Will require a negative coronavirus test result from guests and crew members no more than 72 hours prior to sailing.

    Safety Protocols
      No announcements at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-23
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  • Norwegian Cruise Line Logo
    Norwegian Cruise Line

    Norwegian Cruise Line published a statement that reads, ""We are exploring all options regarding vaccinations for guests and crew and it is our intention that all crew members be vaccinated before boarding our vessels to begin their duties, subject to availability of the vaccine."


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Will require crew members to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before a cruise.

    Safety Protocols
      No announcements at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-23
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  • P&O Cruises (UK) Logo
    P&O Cruises (UK)

    P&O Cruises (UK) is now offering a series of short breaks on the flagship Britannia in summer 2021 and week-long cruises on the new ship Iona. The cruises will depart from Southampton between June and September, sailing around the UK coast.


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Will require all guests and crew to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for all sailings at least 14 days prior to sailing.

    Safety Protocols
      No announcements at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-23
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  • Princess Cruises Logo
    Princess Cruises

    Princess Cruises has revealed details of its series of short breaks and week-long cruises aboard Medallion Class ships – the Regal Princess and the Sky Princess – scheduled to sail from Southampton around the UK coast from late summer.


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Will begin sailing with a limited series of UK coastal cruises, these sailings on Regal Princess and Sky Princess will be only for UK residents who are fully vaccinated.
    • All guests and crew will be required to follow enhanced health and well-being measures to protect everyone onboard on these cruises. These have been developed with guidance from our global medical and public health experts and scientists and in close coordination with UK government agencies. These protocols include enhanced sanitization measures, appropriate social distancing and the wearing of masks in certain areas of the ship.
    • Crew will also undergo a strict testing and quarantine regime as well as regular testing during their time on board.
    • Travel insurance will also be mandatory for all guests.

    Safety Protocols
      No announcements at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-22
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  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises Logo
    Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Regent Seven Seas Cruises is expected to have similar policies to its' sister company Norwegian Cruise Line.


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Will require crew members to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days before a cruise.

    Safety Protocols
      No announcements at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-22
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  • Royal Caribbean International Logo
    Royal Caribbean International

    Royal Caribbean International president and CEO, Michael Bayley, said in a press release that he expects expect the COVID-19 sailing requirements and safety measures for the company will inevitably evolve over time.


    New Rules / Requirements
    • RCI announced its first "fully vaccinated" cruise aboard the Odyssey of the Seas, which will be sailing in May from Israel. Both crew members and guests over 16 years old will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to sail on the upcoming cruise.
    • For a series of seven-night sailings from July to August aboard its Adventure of the Seas, every adult passenger will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Guests under 18-years-old will instead have to test negative for the virus within 72 hours of sailing.
    • Royal Caribbean expects to require its crew members to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to returning to work/sailing

    Safety Protocols
      No announcements at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-23
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  • Saga Cruises Logo
    Saga Cruises

    Saga will commence cruising from June 27th with Spirit of Discovery, and the inaugural cruise of Spirit of Adventure will take place on July 26th. Saga primarily caters to passengers over 50-years-old.


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Saga announced it would require all of its passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks before a trip.

    Safety Protocols
      No announcements at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-23
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  • Victory Cruise Lines Logo
    Victory Cruise Lines

    Victory Cruise Lines will be enforcing new rules and implementing new safety protocol starting July 1, 2021


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Require all guests and crew to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for all sailings at least 14 days prior to sailing
    • Require guests to get a COVID-19 test prior to embarking
    • Require guests and crew to wear masks onboard
    • Require guests and crew to undergo temperature checks
    • Risk free booking - administrative fees and cancellation penalties for 2021 bookings made will be waived and a full refund will be provided if cancellation is made at least 61 days prior to departure

    Safety Protocols
    • Implemented electrostatic fogging to disinfect public spaces twice each day
    • Added UV-C light to all main air handlers


    Last Update: 2021-03-23
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  • Virgin Voyages Logo
    Virgin Voyages

    Virgin Voyages spokesperson confirmed they were "committed to fully vaccinated cruises, which includes both passengers and crew" when service resumes. Virgin currently plans to start service on July 1, 2021, sailing from Miami.


    New Rules / Requirements
    • Will require all guests and crew to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for all sailings at least 14 days prior to sailing.

    Safety Protocols
      No announcements at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-23
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Countries

  • United Kingdom Logo
    United Kingdom

      The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advises against cruise ship travel at this time. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England.

      Our advice against cruises applies to international travel on a ship that is exclusively for pleasure or recreation, providing overnight accommodation and other leisure facilities such as entertainment venues or swimming pools.

      Our advice does not include ferries or privately-rented boats.

      The government will continue to review its cruise ship travel advice based on the latest medical advice.

      United Kingdom - Cruise Ship Travel Guidance


    New Rules / Requirements
      No specific details have been released at this time.


    Last Update: 2021-03-24
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  • United States Logo
    United States

      The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), released a framework for a phased resumption of cruise ship passenger operations in the United States on October 30, 2020.

      On March 21, 2021 CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky, said the CDC is still working towards phase two of a four-phased plan to return to cruising. She also mentioned the CDC is not the final decision maker. "I believe the Department of Transportation (DOT) and there are numerous others making these decisions.”


    New Rules / Requirements


    Last Update: 2021-03-24
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