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Vaccines, Masks and Testing: What Cruise Lines Require Now (2022)
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Vaccines, Masks and Testing: What Cruise Lines Require Now (2022)

Vaccines, Masks and Testing: What Cruise Lines Require Now (2022)
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Cruise lines have begun modifying their vaccination and testing policies surrounding COVID-19, with numerous cruise lines once again allowing unvaccinated passengers to set sail as of September 2022, provided they test negative for COVID-19 first.

Also, fully vaccinated passengers now no longer need to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to setting sail on many voyages.

Keep in mind, however, that policies on testing and vaccination requirements vary from cruise line to cruise line, and that sailings to, from, or calling on ports in Canada, Bermuda, Greece, Australia and New Zealand will still require most passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

As protocols change rapidly, here is our rundown of current cruise line COVID-19 practices and policies:

Ocean Cruise Lines

Alaskan Dream Cruises

Chichagof Dream

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers 18 years of age and over.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No - no exceptions.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? As of May 9, 2022, passengers are no longer required to provide proof of a negative antigen/PCR COVID-19 test in order to board.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are optional.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Atlas Ocean Voyages

World Explorer (Photo: Atlas Ocean Voyages)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers need to be vaccinated.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Yes -- passengers must provide proof of a negative molecular-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to embarkation or a valid negative antigen test taken no more than 24 hours prior to embarkation.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are not required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Azamara

Azamara Pursuit (Photo: Azamara Cruises)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: As of December 1, 2022, Azamara will allow unvaccinated passengers on European and Caribbean sailings. Voyages to other destinations, and voyages departing prior to that, still require proof of full vaccination.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? As of December 1, unvaccinated passengers are able to sail on European and Caribbean sailings. Children 12 and under are not required to be vaccinated.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? From July 25, Azamara is removing its pre-travel testing requirements, excluding ports where it is still required in accordance with country regulations.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No, except in ports where pre-testing is required.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Recommended but not required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Welcome Home(c)2021 Robert Mihovil6481 (lower res)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: As of September 6, 2022, passengers on voyages to Canada, Bermuda, Greece and Australia, plus voyages of 16 nights or longer, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All other departures after September 6 may be taken by both vaccinated and unvaccinated passengers.

Acceptable Vaccines: Carnival allows entry to anyone who has received mixed doses of FDA or WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccines.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, as of September 6, 2022, provided they have a negative COVID-19 test result taken no more than 72 hours prior to embarkation, on voyages not scheduled to call on Canada, Bermuda, Greece and Australia.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? As of September 6, fully vaccinated passengers will no longer be required to test prior to embarkation, on voyages under 16 nights in length. Unvaccinated passengers will be required to present proof of a negative antigen or PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to embarkation.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No - pierside testing is no longer available as of August 4, 2022.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are recommended in crowded venues, but not required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Edge (Photo: Celebrity Cruises)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Effective September 5, unvaccinated passengers can sail on most voyages from Europe and the U.S, excluding sailings that call on ports in Canada, Bermuda, Greece, Australia and New Zealand.

Acceptable Vaccines: Celebrity accepts passengers fully vaccinated if they have proof from CDC-recognized companies: Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac and Sinopharm. U.S.-Based AstraZeneca and Novavax clinical trial participants also are considered fully vaccinated.

Proof of Vaccination: Vaccination cards and electronic proof of vaccination are accepted.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, as of September 5, 2022, on most U.S. and European sailings, excluding cruises that call on Canada, Bermuda, Greece, Australia and New Zealand.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? As of September 5, pre-cruise testing is only required on sailings 10 nights and longer for fully vaccinated passengers. Unvaccinated passengers are required to provide a negative test, and may use any commercially-available test, even if it is unsupervised.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Face masks are optional on board for all vaccinated passengers. Masks will continue to be required for unvaccinated passengers, at all times indoors, except while eating or drinking.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Celestyal Cruises

Celestyal Olympia

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All crew and passengers over the age of 12 vaccinated must be fully vaccinated with all initial doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing including passengers five years of age and older on sailings departing the U.S. Passengers are required to have received their booster dose if they received the second dose of the initial vaccine more than 270 days before embarkation. From March 2, 2023 the line will remove its COVID-19 vaccination, proof of COVID recovery and pre-departure testing requirements for all guests unless required by local regulations.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Passengers under 5 years of age are exempt from pre-travel testing.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? From August 26, 2022, passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to embarkation. Self-tests will not be accepted. Celestyal Cruises has partnered with Bioiatriki which provides tests for just €10 per person at locations across Athens and Thessaloniki seven days a week.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No, passengers must carry out the pre-arrival test.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks no longer mandatory.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes, including booster dose.


Costa Cruises

Costa Deliziosa Franz Neumeier

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers aged 12 and over need to present proof of full vaccination.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Passengers under the age of 12 only.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? All passengers over 2 years of age will be required to present proof of a negative antigen or PCR test taken no more than 48 hours prior to boarding. Departures from Greece are required to test no more than 24 hours prior to embarkation.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No

Passengers Embarking in Spain: If you are boarding in Spain and are from a foreign country or territory, prior to entering the country you will have to fill out the FCS form. This is available at: www.spth.gob.es (website available in English, French, Spanish, and German). This is not required if you are in transit.

Onboard Testing: No longer required.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Face masks are optional.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Cunard

Queen Mary 2 (Photo: Cunard)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers aged 16 and over must be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot if the intial doses of vaccine were over 270 days prior to sailing. Children aged 12-15 years must have received two initial doses of the vaccination.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, children aged 11 and under.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? From Tuesday September 6, 2022 self-testing prior to travel will change from "mandatory" to "highly recommended" for vaccinated guests on the vast majority of cruises. However, many sailings will still require a negative COVID-19 test, including many transatlantic crossings aboard Queen Mary 2. Cunard keeps a list of all voyages requiring proof of negative COVID-19 test here.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Yes, for unvaccinated under 4 to 11-year-olds, provided complimentary at the terminal.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are optional for fully vaccinated passengers and recommended but not required for unvaccinated children.

Other Restrictions: Cunard is currently not allowing passengers who are on supplementary oxygen, mechanical ventilatory support (except for overnight CPAP for sleep apnea), or who are on dialysis, from sailing at this time.

Crew Vaccinated?: Ongoing.


Disney Cruise Line

Disney Magic (Photo: Disney Cruise Line)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: As of September 2, 2022, only passengers 12 years of age and older will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on sailings from the U.S. and Canada. Previously, Disney had mandated proof of vaccination for all passengers aged 5 and older.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, unvaccinated passengers under the age of 5, provided they have taken a negative PCR test at their own expense prior to embarkation.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? As of September 23, 2022, fully vaccinated passengers aboard U.S. sailings of Disney Wonder, Dream, Fantasy and Wish will no longer need to provide a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated passengers 11 and younger will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test (NAAT or PCR, antigen NOT accepted) taken 1-3 days prior to departure.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Children ages 4 and under will also be required to complete a test at the terminal prior to embarkation (paid for by Disney Cruise Line). Fully vaccinated passengers who do not upload pre-trip test results to the Safe Passage website by midnight prior to embarkation day will be tested at the terminal before boarding. This will be charged to the passenger.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Face coverings are optional in most indoor locations throughout the ship. Guests ages 2 and up, including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, will still be required to wear face coverings in the Walt Disney Theater. Guests under 5 years of age who are currently ineligible to be vaccinated will be required to wear face coverings in Youth Activity spaces and in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Holland America Line

Eurodam TA Listings Page Image

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Passengers on voyages 16 nights or over in length, or those that visit Canada, Greece or Australia, will need to be fully vaccinated as of September 6, 2022. Guests on sailings under 16 days in length will no longer need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, on voyages under 16 days in length that do not visit Canada, Greece or Australia. Panama Canal cruises are excluded.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Fully vaccinated passengers on sailings under 16 days do not need to present a pre-arrival COVID-19 test. Passengers who are unvaccinated do, however, require a test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Pre-cruise testing is still required for voyages 16 days and above.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are recommended but not required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes.


Lindblad Expeditons

National Geographic Explorer

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers aged 5 and older must be vaccinated. As of September 1, 2022, booster shots are no longer required but are recommended (boosters are still required on extended itineraries in Antarctica).

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, passengers aged 4 and under.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Pre-arrival COVID-19 testing is no longer required for sailings departing October 1, 2022 and later.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Yes, at Lindblad's expense. This will end for all voyages as of October 1, 2022.

Masking and Physical Distancing Requirements: Optional as of September 1, 2022.

Crew Vaccinated?: From the Lindblad website: "Lindblad Expeditions will also require all Crew to be vaccinated, with limited exception for individual Crew members who are unable to obtain vaccines due to limitations in their country of residence."


MSC Cruises (USA Departures Only)

MSC Divina (Photo: MSC)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: As of September 1, 2022, all non-U.S. citizens must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. U.S. residents do not need to provide proof of vaccination.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Unvaccinated U.S. residents are permitted to sail on U.S. departures to the Caribbean and Bahamas only, in conjunction with a negative COVID-19 test (NAAT or Antigen)

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required?: For U.S. Residents, Pre-cruise testing is recommended, but not required for travelers who are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated guests are still required to show proof of vaccination at embarkation. Unvaccinated guests are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test (NAAT or antigen) taken within 3 days of embarkation. Guests under the age of 2 are exempt from testing requirements. Non-U.S. Residents Over the Age of 2 are still required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (NAAT or antigen) prior to embarkation.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are optional but recommended.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Getaway (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Passengers sailing from U.S. ports do not need to show proof of vaccination for sailings departing September 3, 2022 or later. All passengers aged 12 and over must be fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to departure in order to board, for all cruises departing from and returning to non-U.S. ports.

Acceptable Vaccines for U.S. Sailings: Norwegian accepts a mixed vaccination series consisting of doses from different manufacturers, as long as the series meets the following requirements: Must consist of at least two doses of vaccines that are fully approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA or the World Health Organization. The 2 doses must be administered at least 28 days apart. The final dose must be completed at least 14 days before sailing.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, depending on embarkation port, with a pre-cruise COVID-19 test.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? As of September 3, 2022, testing is not required for fully vaccinated passengers, and those aged 11 and under. Unvaccinated passengers 12 and up must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? As of September 3, 2022: no.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Face coverings are not required, though they are recommended when indoors, except when actively eating or drinking, or seated at a table in a dining setting, or when in their stateroom.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes.


Oceania

Oceania Regatta (Photo: Oceania)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: As of September 3, 2022, passengers departing from most ports do not need to show proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated passengers, however, and those 11 and younger, will not need to pre-cruise test.

Acceptable Vaccines for U.S. Sailings: Two administered doses/shots of AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Sinopharm or Sinovac, etc; or a single shot of a single dose vaccination + 15 days equals fully vaccinated.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Beginning September 3, 2022, with a negative COVID test.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Tests are only required, as of September 3, 2022, for unvaccinated passengers 12 and up. Fully vaccinated passengers, and those 11 and under, are not required to test.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: None

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes.


Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin (Photo: Paul Gauguin Cruises)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster dose. Passengers over five are required to have had two doses. Those over 18 are required to have received the booster dose IF they received the initial two rounds more than nine months before the embarkation date.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Yes, a negative laboratory Covid-19 RT-PCR test (at guest expense) performed less than 24 hours prior to departure or Antigen Test is required by all passengers.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Yes. Masks are required when outside passenger cabins, and physical distancing is to be maintained onboard.

Crew Vaccinated:? Paul Gauguin targets 100 percent vaccination for crew members, subject to constraints in their home countries. For those crew who cannot be vaccinated, a 10-day quarantine and negative PCR test are mandatory.


Ponant

Expedition lines protect the environment (Photo: Ponant)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Passengers aged 5 or over must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. For the over 12s, this includes a booster dose where eligible.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, passengers aged under 5.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? No

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No, beginning September 9.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Recommended but not required as of September 9.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


P&O Cruises

Iona (Image: P&O Cruises)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All guests aged 16 years and over need to be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to travel. Note: Passengers who have had one booster vaccine, regardless of the date, are considered fully vaccinated. At this time, a second booster vaccination is not required.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, passengers aged under 12.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Yes. All passengers aged five years and over must take a lateral flow/antigen test within two days prior to embarkation of the ship.

*Note: From Tuesday September 6, 2022 self-testing prior to travel will change from "mandatory" to "highly recommended" for vaccinated guests on the vast majority of cruises. Only passengers sailing on longer, more complex itineraries will be required to have an observed or in person antigen or PCR test with a fit to travel certificate prior to departure. These include a number of cruises of 16 nights or more and other specific voyages.

These new guidelines apply to all Cunard itineraries sailing from Southampton and all other departure points with the exception of countries where government regulations and protocols may vary including Canada and Australia.*

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Recommended but not required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Princess Cruises

Sky Princess (Image: Princess Cruises)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: As of September 6, unvaccinated passengers may sail (with pre-cruise testing) to all Princess destinations except where local regulations prohibit it, including voyages to Canada, Greece and Australia.

Acceptable Vaccines: Passengers can have two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm or Sinovac; one dose of Johnson & Johnson; or mixed doses of AstraZeneca with Moderna or Pfizer; and mixed doses of Pfizer and Moderna. In Europe, the line says guests will also be considered fully vaccinated if they receive one dose of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca 14 days after a previous COVID infection, with a Digital COVID Certification of Vaccination.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, to most destinations excluding Canada, Greece and Australia, as of September 6. Passengers will need to present proof of a pre-arrival COVID-19 test.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? As of September 6, 2022, only unvaccinated passengers and children under five will be required to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than three days prior to embarkation, on voyages 15 days and under. Sailings 16 days and longer will still require passengers to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. This does not apply to cruises embarking in Canada, Greece or Australian sailings, nor to full Panama Canal transits, which still require proof of negative test at embarkation

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Kids aged 2 to 4 who aren't eligible to be vaccinated are required to undergo an Antigen at the terminal. Kids under 2 years of age are not required to test.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are recommended, but not required in the vast majority of venues.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes.


Regent Seven Seas

Seven Seas Navigator (Photo: Seven Seas)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: As of September 3, 2022, unvaccinated passengers may now sail with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Acceptable Vaccines for U.S. Sailings: Regent accepts a mixed vaccination series consisting of doses from different manufacturers, as long as the series meets the following requirements: Must consist of at least two doses of vaccines that are fully approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA or the World Health Organization. The 2 doses must be administered at least 28 days apart. The final dose must be completed at least 14 days before sailing.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Beginning September 3, 2022, with proof of negative COVID-19 test.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Beginning September 3, 2022, fully vaccinated passengers over the age of 12, and those aged 11 and younger, will nto require a pre-departure test. Unvaccinated passengers 12 and over will need to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, and pre-cruise tests may be required to embark in countries like Canada.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: None

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes.


Royal Caribbean

Adventure of the Seas COVID test

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Beginning September 5, Royal Caribbean will welcome unvaccinated passengers on all sailings, excluding voyages sailing to or from Australia, Bermuda, Canada or Singapore. Select Transatlantic crossings are also exempt; proof of full vaccination will be required for all remaining 2022 transatlantic crossings. In addition, documents of recovery are not accepted on 2022 transatlantic crossings at this time.

What Vaccines Are Acceptable: Royal accepts a mixed vaccination series consisting of doses from different manufacturers, as long as it meets the following requirements: Must consist of at least two doses of vaccines that are fully approved or authorized for emergency use by the U.S. FDA or the World Health Organization. The 2 doses must be administered at least 28 days apart. The final dose must be completed at least 14 days before sailing.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, as of September 5, on all sailings excluding those starting, ending, or calling on ports in Australia, Bermuda, Canada or Singapore. Remaining 2022 transatlantic crossings are also excluded.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Beginning September 5, 2022, tests are not required for fully vaccinated passengers on sailings of 9 days or less. Unvaccinated passengers must provide a negative COVID-19 test using any commerically-available test, whether supervised or unsupervised.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are recommended.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes.


Seabourn

Seabourn Ovation (Photo: Seabourn Cruises)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Passengers on voyages over 16 nights in length, or those that visit Canada, Greece or Australia, will need to be fully vaccinated as of September 6, 2022. Guests on sailings under 16 days in length will no longer need to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, on voyages under 16 days in length that do not visit Canada, Greece or Australia.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Fully vaccinated passengers on sailings under 16 days do not need to present a pre-arrival COVID-19 test. Passengers who are unvaccinated do, however, require a test, taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Pre-cruise testing is still required for voyages 16 days and above.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are recommended but not required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes.


Sea Dream Yacht Club

Sea Dream II TA Listings Page Image

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: As of September 2022, vaccination is recommended but not required.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, as of September 2022.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? No longer required.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No longer required.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: No.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes - vaccinated and boosted.


Silversea

Silver Spirit

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Beginning September 5, Silversea will welcome unvaccinated passengers on all sailings, excluding voyages sailing to or from destinations that still require a vaccine, including Australia, Canada and Greece.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, s of September 5, on all sailings excluding those starting, ending, or calling on ports in Australia, Canada or Greece.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Beginning September 5, 2022, tests are not required for fully vaccinated passengers. Unvaccinated passengers must provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of embarkation.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Mask wearing is at the passenger’s discretion, with the exception of the casino, the theatre, and during muster drills where masks remain mandatory.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Tauck

Le Boreal

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers over the age of 12 must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. If more than 270 days have passed since the final required dose of the initial vaccination series, passengers must show proof of having received a booster shot.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, vaccination is not required for passengers under 12; however, they must present a negative PCR test taken within three days of departing for their Tauck trip.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Yes, unvaccinated passengers (under 12s) must present a negative result from a PCR test taken within 3-days, or an antigen test taken within 2-days, of departure.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Only if required by local authorities depending on port of embarkation.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Depends on the destination.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


UnCruise Adventures

Safari Endeavour TA Listings Page Image

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers need to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, including a booster shot.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Uncruise Adventures requests passengers test before arrival, but this remains at the passenger’s discretion.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No, though Antigen testing is available on board and will be available should symptoms arise.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Yes, masks have been reintroduced in all public areas outside of cabins.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


American Queen Voyages

M/V Victory II cruises in Montreal, Quebéc (Photo: Victory Cruise Line)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers, with no exceptions, need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? River passengers (American Queen, American Duchess, American Countess and American Empress) must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within three days of the embarkation day.

Lakes, oceans and expedition passengers (Ocean Voyager, Ocean Navigator and Ocean Victory) must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test within two days of the embarkation day.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? From March 19, 2022, passengers will check-in at the pre-cruise hotel on the day prior to embarkation and take a free COVID-19 test (Antigen).

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are not required onboard, unless mandated by governments and municipalities.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Viking Cruises

Viking  Venus in  Portsmouth 2

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Viking's current ocean and river cruise offerings are, for now, strictly for fully vaccinated passengers only.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Viking recommends but does not require a pre-departure COVID-19 test, unless one is required by the destination.

As of June 10, 2022, select ocean voyages on Viking Orion and expedition voyages on the Viking Octantis in the U.S. and Canada will continue to require a pre-departure COVID-19 test.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No longer required.

Onboard Testing: No longer required.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Face masks are optional.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Virgin Voyages

Scarlet Lady

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: In line with CDC guidance, 90 percent of passengers are required to be vaccinated.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, up to 10 percent of unvaccinated passengers will be able to sail. Unvaccinated passengers wishing to sail will need to contact Virgin Voyages to apply for a vaccine exception.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Virgin Voyages will remove pre-embarkation testing for sailings in Europe from July 24 and in the U.S. from July 27.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No longer required.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are no longer required onboard.


Windstar Cruises

Star Pride TA Listings Page Image

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers sailing aboard Windstar's ships will still need to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in order to set sail.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No. No exceptions will be made to the vaccination policy.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Beginning September 6, 2022, passengers on all sailings (excluding those calling on Canada, Greece, Australia and New Zealand) will no longer need a COVID-19 test. Proof of full vaccination will still be required.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are no longer required to wear masks onboard.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes

River Cruise Lines

AmaWaterways

AmaSiena (Photo: AmaWaterways)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Possibly required as a condition of entry by air into countries of departure. A pre-arrival PCR test result is recommended by AmaWaterways as a precautionary measure.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: masks are no longer required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


American Queen Steamboat Company

American Countess exterior

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers, no exceptions, need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? All passengers will undergo a complimentary COVID-19 test during the pre-cruise hotel stay prior to embarkation.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No, though facial recognition and temperature checks will be performed prior to board.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are not required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes -- American Queen is even vaccinating its shoreside employees.


Avalon Waterways

Avalon Envision (Photo: Avalon Waterways)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all passengers for sailings through 2022 and early 2023. This will end as of March 1, 2023.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, children who do not qualify for vaccination. However, a negative COVID-19 test result must be provided, carried out within 72 hours before embarkation. Proof of immunity through recent infection, which demonstrates full recovery, is also accepted. Unvaccinated passengers will be accepted as of March 1, 2023.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? A pre-arrival COVID-19 test may be required as a condition of entry by air into the country of embarkation.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No, though a temperature check will be performed.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks must be worn when physical distancing isn't possible. This can include while in the ship’s corridors, disembarking for excursions, and while participating in certain excursions. Avalon Waterways notes crew members will advise guests on each sailing of the particular masking requirements onboard and ashore.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Emerald Waterways

Emerald Sun TA Listings Page Image

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers sailing aboard Emerald Waterways need to have received full vaccination against COVID-19, including any booster doses when eligible.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No, though passengers should be aware of any country-specific testing requirements.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Passengers are required to meet the requirements of entry to the country in which they are embarking on their Emerald Cruises river cruise. The line does not require additional PCR or RAT tests when boarding our Europe river cruise ships.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks may be required when physical distancing is not possible.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Grand Circle

Boarding Area on River Adagio

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers are required to present proof of full vaccination. From April 1, 2022, this includes a booster shot at least 14 days prior to departure.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Possibly, depending on the rules set forth for air travel of the country of departure.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Not noted.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Grand Circle recommends wearing a face mask.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes.


Scenic

The Sun Deck on Scenic Jasper

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to setting sail, including a booster dose when eligible.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? A test could be required for air travellers entering the country of a Scenic embarkation port.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Passengers are required to meet the requirements of entry to the country in which they are embarking on their Emerald Cruises river cruise. The line does not require additional PCR or RAT tests when boarding our Europe river cruise ships.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks may be required in public areas on the ship when physical distancing is not possible.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Tauck

ms Andorinha

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers over the age of 12 must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. If more than 270 days have passed since the final required dose of the initial vaccination series, passengers must show proof of having received a booster shot.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, vaccination is not required for passengers under 12; however, under 12’s must present a negative PCR test taken within three days of departing for their Tauck trip.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Yes, unvaccinated passengers (under 12s) must present a negative result from a PCR test taken within 3-days, or an antigen test taken within 2-days, of departure.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? If required by local authorities.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Depends on the destination.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Uniworld

River Empress

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers, with the exception of young children that are currently not eligible to receive the vaccine, at least in 2022. The line is dropping vaccine requirements in 2023.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail?Yes, children in 2022, however, they will be asked to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test result taken within 72 hours of embarkation. In 2023, unvaccinated travelers are welcome.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? If required as a condition of entry into the country of embarkation.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Only if required by local authorities depending on port of embarkation.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are encouraged but not required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Viking River

Viking Helgrim on the Douro River (Photo: Adam Coulter)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: Viking's current ocean and river cruise offerings are, for now, strictly for fully vaccinated passengers only.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Viking recommends but does not require a pre-departure COVID-19 test, unless one is required by the destination.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No longer required.

Onboard Testing: No longer required.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Face masks are optional.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes

Updated September 21, 2022

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