Cruise Travel Requirements: The Most Up To Date Information

The latest cruise travel requirements

With cruise travel requirements constantly changing, you may be wondering, “What do I need to take a cruise?” The travel experts at Cruises.com are on top of what you need to know regarding vaccines, testing, and more for your next cruise. Whether you’re looking to book your next cruise, or you are departing in the upcoming weeks or months, read on to learn about the recently updated cruise travel requirements.

Carnival Cruise Lines

Beginning September 6, 2022, Carnival Cruise Line is welcoming back all guests on sailings regardless of their vaccination status, except for cruises in Australia or on voyages 16 nights and longer. Vaccinated guests will still be required to show their vaccine cards to forgo any testing requirements. Unvaccinated guests will be required to take a PCR or antigen test for Covid-19 no more than three days prior to sailing. Due to local guidelines, testing is still in place for all guests regardless of vaccination status for sailings to Canada, Bermuda, Greece and Australia. Guests ages five and under are exempt from vaccination and testing requirements on sailings from the United States and under the age of 12 from Australia. For the full details on Carnival’s Have Fun. Be Safe. Covid-19 Guest Protocols please review our help center.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises is continuously updating their protocols to provide continued safety for guests, crew and the communities they visit. Beginning September 5, 2022, all guests regardless of their vaccination status are welcome back on cruises departing from US ports and Europe (with the exception of cruises visiting Bermuda & Canada.) Testing for Covid-19 no more than three days prior to sailing is required on all sailings for unvaccinated guests and sailings 10 nights or longer for vaccinated guests. Celebrity Cruises will begin accepting self-tests on sailings from U.S. ports that don’t visit Canada and Bermuda, and on many Europe sailings. Those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 may present a Certificate of Recovery and proof of the positive PCR or Antigen test result taken between 11-90 days prior to the sail date in order to board and be exempt from testing. To read more about Celebrity Cruises’ Healthy at Sea protocols visit our help center.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line has recently updated their Sail Safe protocols to make is easier for guests to return to sea with them. For sailings beginning September 3, 2022, or later, all travelers are invited to sail with Norwegian Cruise Line, regardless of vaccination status. For guests ages 12 and older that are unvaccinated, proof of a medically supervised negative PCR or antigen test taken no more than 3 days prior to embarkation is still required. There are no other testing requirements in place for vaccinated guests or guests ages 11 years and younger. Guests may be denied boarding if all country specific requirements are not met. It is the responsibility of the guest to ensure they meet the entry requirements for each destination. For more information on Norwegian Cruise Line’s new updates to their Sail Safe protocol please visit our help center.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean is welcoming back all cruises regardless of vaccination status on sailings from US ports (with the exception of cruises visiting Bermuda and Canada) and Europe beginning September 5, 2022. Pre cruise testing is no longer required for vaccinated guests sailing on voyages of 9 days or less. Unvaccinated guests and guests sailing on voyages 10 nights or longer are required to show a negative test result 3 days prior to boarding. Royal Caribbean will begin accepting self-tests on sailings from U.S. ports that don’t visit Canada and Bermuda, and on many Europe sailings. As with other cruise lines, there are separate protocols for guests sailing to Bermuda and Canada to align with local regulations. To learn more, visit our help center.


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Please note: All vaccination and testing restrictions are under the control of the cruise lines and local government and are subject to change without advance notice, so we encourage guests to research before embarkation. This article was last updated on August 15, 2022.

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