Cruise Line Covid Requirements

Cruise Line Covid Requirements

As cruise lines start sailing again there are many questions about the requirements to cruise. Each cruise line has different policies and procedures that guests must complete and follow in order to board the cruise ship. These guidelines are constantly being updated based on the current conditions. Most cruise lines have set a date between October 31 and December 31, 2021 to re-evaluate these guidelines. Below is a list of the major cruise lines and what they require.  This list was current as of August 9th, 2021. Because these requirements can change at any time, please check with your travel advisor or the cruise line directly for the most up to date information.

NOTE 1: Fully Vaccinated means receiving your second vaccination shot 14 days prior to sailing. Some one dose vaccines require 28 days to be fully vaccinated. In most cases mixed vaccines will not be accepted i.e., one dose Pfizer and one dose Moderna.

NOTE 2: To maintain social distancing cruise lines are assigning check-in times at the pier. Guests are required to arrive at their assigned time. If you arrive early, you will be asked to wait outside a safe distance from the check-in area until your assigned time.

NOTE 3: Below are the cruise line requirements. Many countries also have requirements to enter. If your cruise departs from a non-U.S. port verify the entry requirements of the country from which your cruise departs.

NOTE 4: Most cruise lines require a Covid test before you arrive at the pier.  Information on where to obtain a test is included at the end of this blog.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE

  • All guests and crew (regardless of age) are required to be fully vaccinated in order to board the cruise ship. Currently Norwegian is the only cruise line with fully vaccinated crew and passengers.
  • Currently guests under the age of 12 may not sail because they cannot get vaccinated.
  • All guests are required to take a covid test prior to boarding. This is done at the pier and paid for by Norwegian Cruise Line.
  • Ships will sail at reduced capacity.
  • MASKS – Once onboard masks are NOT required. Masks must be worn in ports when required by local governments.
  • For more information: https://www.ncl.com/sail-safe

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE

  • All guests 12 and older must be fully vaccinated (except from Florida). Some ports of departure have different vaccination requirements. Check with Royal Caribbean for details.
  • Guests under the age of 12 must take two Covid tests depending on the length of the cruise.
  • For sailings departing from Florida guests 12 and older are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated.
  • While most venues are open to everyone there will be select venues available only to vaccinated guests on sailings from Florida.
  • REQUIRED Covid Test – All guests are required to receive a negative Covid test within 3 days of the cruise before they arrive at the pier. The cost of this test is to be paid by the traveler.
  • For those under age 12, Royal Caribbean will provide a complimentary test at the pier, mid cruise and end of cruise (depending on length of cruise). This is in addition to the Covid test that you pay for within three days of the cruise.
  • For cruises departing Florida all unvaccinated guests 12 and older must pay for the three tests mentioned above (price depends on length of cruise). Guests 2-12 will receive these tests complimentary.
  • Some ports of departure have different testing requirements. Check with Royal Caribbean for details.
  • MANDATORY INSURANCE – For sailings departing Florida unvaccinated guests are required to purchase or provide proof of insurance that will cover costs of covid related costs (medical and emergency evacuation)
  • MASKS – Masks must be worn indoors except while in dining venues. Masks are not required outdoors, pool areas or venues for vaccinated guests. Masks must be worn in ports when required by local governments.
  • For more information: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq

PRINCESS CRUISES

  • All guests regardless of age must be fully vaccinated prior to boarding. Guests that cannot be vaccinated because of age will not be allowed to cruise.
  • All guests are required to receive a negative Covid test 2 days prior to boarding. Test is at guest’s expense.
  • Guests requiring oxygen or dialysis will not be able to cruise at this time.
  • MASKS – Guests are encouraged to wear face masks when in public spaces indoors. ALL guests will be required to wear a face mask – with no exceptions – in elevators, retails shops, in the casino, and other designated areas except while eating and drinking. Masks must be worn in ports when required by local governments.
  • For more information visit: https://www.princess.com/plan/cruise-with-confidence/cruise-health/frequently-asked-questions/

CELEBRITY CRUISES

  • All guests 12 and older must be fully vaccinated (except from Florida). Some ports of departure have different vaccination requirements. Check with Celebrity Cruises for details.
  • Guests under the age of 12 must take two Covid tests depending on the length of cruise.
  • For sailings departing from Florida guests 12 and older are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated.
  • While most venues are open to everyone onboard there will be select venues available only to vaccinated guests on sailings from Florida.
  • REQUIRED Covid Test – All guests are required to receive a negative Covid test within 2 days of the cruise before they arrive at the pier. The cost of this test is to be paid by the traveler.
  • For those under the age of 12 Celebrity will provide a complimentary test at the pier, mid cruise and end of cruise (depending on length of cruise).
  • For cruises departing Florida all unvaccinated guests 12 and older must pay for the three tests mentioned above (price depends on length of cruise). Guests 2-12 will receive these tests complimentary.
  • Some ports of departure have different testing requirements. Check with Celebrity Cruises for details.
  • MANDATORY INSURANCE – For sailings departing Florida unvaccinated guests are required to purchase or provide proof of insurance that will cover costs of covid related costs (medical and emergency evacuation).
  • MASKS – Masks must be worn indoors except while in dining venues and inside your stateroom. Masks are not required outdoors, in pool areas or venues for vaccinated guests. Masks must be worn in ports when required by local governments.
  • For more information: https://www.celebritycruises.com/healthy-at-sea/faqs

CARNIVAL CRUISE LINE

  • All guests are encouraged to be fully vaccinated prior to boarding. Guests that are not vaccinated will require additional protocols and there is a cap on the number of unvaccinated guests allowed on the ship. Unvaccinated guests will only be approved to travel within 14 days of departure.
  • All guests are required to receive a negative Covid test 2 days prior to boarding. Test is at guest’s expense.
  • Unvaccinated passengers are only allowed off the ship on Carnival approved excursions and may not explore the port on their own.
  • MANDATORY INSURANCE – For sailings departing Florida and Texas unvaccinated guests are required to purchase or provide proof of insurance that will cover costs of covid related costs (medical and emergency evacuation)
  • MASKS – Guests are encouraged to wear face masks when in public spaces indoors. ALL guests will be required to wear a face mask – with no exceptions – in elevators, retails shops, in the casino, and other designated areas except while eating and drinking. Masks must be worn in ports when required by local governments.
  • For more information visit: https://www.carnival.com/Legal/covid-19-legal-notices/return-to-service-faqs

DISNEY CRUISE LINE

  • Disney Cruise Line guests need to be fully vaccinated prior to boarding.
  • All guests are required to receive a negative Covid test 3 days prior to boarding. PCR only (antigen test not accepted). Test is at guest’s expense.
  • MANDATORY INSURANCE – Unvaccinated guests are required to purchase or provide proof of insurance that will cover costs of covid related costs (medical and emergency evacuation).
  • MASKS – Masks must be worn indoors except while in dining venues and inside your stateroom. Masks must be worn in ports when required by local governments.
  • For more information visit: https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/why-cruise-disney/experience-updates/us/

HOLLAND AMERICA

  • All guests regardless of age must be fully vaccinated prior to boarding. Guests that cannot be vaccinated because of age will not be allowed to cruise.
  • All guests are required to receive a negative Covid test 2 days prior to boarding. Test is at guest’s expense.
  • Guests requiring oxygen or dialysis will not be able to cruise at this time.
  • MASKS – Guests are required to wear face masks when in indoors. ALL guests will be required to wear a face mask – with no exceptions – in elevators, retails shops, in the casino, and other designated areas except while eating and drinking. Masks must be worn in ports when required by local governments.
  • For more information visit: https://www.hollandamerica.com/en_US/worry-free-promise/travel-well.html

WHERE TO OBTAIN A COVID TEST

Check with your cruise line as to what type of test is required. Most will accept a PCR or Antigen test.  In person tests are accepted and, in some cases, observed tests are accepted (tests you take at home while being observed on-line by a health care provider).  Most will not accept at home tests (non-observed), antibody tests or rapid PCR tests. Below are some options for testing:

Walgreens Covid Testing (appointments can be hard to get): https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing

Covid Clinic Inc (several locations across the U.S. – 5 in Utah and Idaho): https://covidclinic.org/

Vault Health (at home observed test): https://www.vaulthealth.com/covid

Let’s Get Checked (at home observed test): https://www.letsgetchecked.com/us/en/home-coronavirus-test/

In the Salt Lake City area Progenitor MDX is a private lab that will provide testing for travelers. Same day to next day results. Click Here

In the Salt Lake City area Olympus Health Care is a private lab that will provide testing for travelers. Click Here