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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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As the cruise industry resumes operations around the world, lines have introduced mandates that require some, or all, passengers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 -- and that can include children, as well.

But not all cruise lines have the same policies and cruise requirements vary from port to port, ship to ship, itinerary to itinerary, country to country and state to state. To complicate things even more, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on July 18 that it was dropping its blanket COVID-19 requirements for cruise lines. That means that lines will have more leeway than ever to come up with their own policies.

Additionally, many cruise lines are beginning to modify testing requirements on short, U.S.-based departures, as of August 2022.

Here is a list of all the cruise lines that require proof of vaccination before cruising -- and what you need to know in order to be able to board without a hitch (Note: These requirements differ in the United Kingdom, please see our article: When Will Cruising Restart in the U.K.?).

These requirements can make things difficult for families traveling together (we have a separate article: Can Families With Young Children Cruise in Summer 2022?).

Also worth noting: these requirements, particularly in terms of vaccines that are accepted and required antigen and PCR testing, can -- and do -- change regularly. Check with your cruise line frequently to ensure you meet all the current requirements for embarkation, as their information may be updated sooner than our guide.

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 March 1, 2022, all passengers must be fully vaccinated and boosted. Azamara requires vaccine-eligible passengers to be fully vaccinated with all initial doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing; fully vaccinated passengers must get a booster dose when they become eligible.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? 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: Masks are recommended but not required.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Carnival Cruise Line

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

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers 12 years of age or older for all sailings from Seattle, Long Beach, Galveston, Miami and Port Canaveral. In addition, the following voyages require fully vaccinated passengers who are more than six months past the last dose of their initial vaccine series to be boosted in order to sail:

• Carnival Pride and Carnival Celebration – all 2022 Europe departures

• Carnival Splendor’s 23-day Carnival Journey (Transpacific) – September 6, 2022

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

Bahamas Sailings: The Bahamas is now requiring proof of vaccination for all travellers under the age of 12. Any cruiser embarking from Atlantic or Gulf ports (including Florida) with a port of call in the Bahamas must present full proof of vaccination in order to board.

Florida Sailings Only: Proof of vaccination cannot be required by Florida state law, but Carnival is surveying passengers several weeks before sailing about their status. Failure to fill out the survey can result in your reservation being canceled. You will be asked if you want to show your card in port. Those not providing proof of vaccination will likely be subject to additional health and safety measures.

Mandatory COVID-19 Insurance?: Yes, for non-vaccinated passengers sailing on departures out of Florida and Texas.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes -- with exceptions. Exemptions to the vaccination rule must be pre-approved by Carnival, by request, after bookings are confirmed and paid for in full. Exemptions are subject to capacity controls and may not be granted; the line specifically states that most will be given to children who are not eligible for vaccination. Exemptions are not offered on embarkation day. All unvaccinated passengers will have to adhere to specific testing requirements and health protocols, communicated in advance, as a condition of travel.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? As of August 4, 2022, fully vaccinated passengers on sailings 5 days or less do not need a COVID-19 test. Passengers on sailings six days or more can provide a test taken no more than three days before embarkation.

Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 within 3 months of their sailing date do not need the required pre-cruise test if they are at least 10 days past their positive test result date, have no symptoms and produce documentation of recovery from COVID-19.

Documentation of Recovery is accepted from both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated guests and consists of the paper or electronic copy of the positive viral test result from a certified laboratory (dated no more than 90 days ago).

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 May 5, 2022, all crew and passengers who are eligible to be vaccinated must be fully vaccinated with all initial doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing including passengers 12 years of age and older on all Celebrity Cruises sailings globally.

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.

Florida Sailings Only: Proof of vaccination cannot be required by Florida state law. Providing proof of vaccination will be voluntary. Those not providing proof of vaccination will be subject to additional health and safety measures, including mandatory mask usage and limits on entry into select public areas, along with required testing totalling $178 per person. Sailings calling on the Bahamas will require proof of full vaccination.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes -- primarily unvaccinated children under the age limits specified above.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? As of August 8, 2022, U.S. departures will only require fully vaccinated passengers to provide a negative COVID-19 test on voyages of 5 nights or longer. Unvaccinated passengers are still required to provide a negative COVID-19 test.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No, unless passengers (children) are unvaccinated. Unvaccinated children will be given a complimentary Antigen test pierside.

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.

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? Effective from April 29, 2022, everyone over six years must arrive with their own COVID-19 Rapid Antigen negative test certificate. This will need to be taken on the day before 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 are required for all passengers once outside their staterooms, except when actively eating and drinking. Masks are required in all tenders to shore, and on areas of the open deck where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes, including booster dose.


Cunard

Queen Mary 2 (Photo: Cunard)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers aged 16 and over must be fully vaccinated, including boosters. 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? Yes, passengers 4 or under who are unvaccinated must take a PCR test taken between 3 days and 24 hours prior to embarkation. This is at the expense of passengers. Approved guests who with proof of recovery from a recent COVID-19 infection within 90 days of sailing are exempt.

From June 7, 2022, fully vaccinated passengers on sailings departing from U.S. and Canadian ports must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the guest) taken no more than 2 days before setting sail to be exempt from embarkation testing at the terminal. Pre-trip test results must be uploaded to the Safe Passage website by midnight prior to embarkation day.

The test must be a rapid antigen test professionally observed by a medical professional or telehealth provider, a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), a rapid PCR test or a lab-based PCR test.

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: Disney became the first line to announce it will require all passengers over the age of 5 to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination on all sailings beginning January 13, 2022.

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? Fully vaccinated passengers on sailings departing US and Canadian ports must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by the guest) taken no more than two days before setting sail to be exempt from embarkation testing at the terminal. Guests ages 4 and under, who are not vaccine-eligible because of age, must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result (paid for by a parent or guardian) taken no more than three days before their sail date.

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: All passengers over 12 are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Acceptable Vaccines: Holland America will only accept passengers vaccinated fully with either Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Covaxin, or Novavax.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes. Children under 5 years of age do not need to be vaccinated. Children between 5-11 years of age may be unvaccinated, but will need to go through an exemption process.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? All guests aged two and older are required to take a pre-travel COVID-19 test. The type and timing of the test is dependent on the embarkation country and vaccination status.

Passengers up to date with their vaccines (this includes a booster dose) may take their test within three days prior to sailing. If a passenger is fully vaccinated, but not up to date with their vaccines (i.e., is eligible for a booster but has not received one), they must take their pre-cruise COVID-19 test within two days prior to sailing.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Testing upon embarkation is no longer required.

Masking and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are recommended onboard but not required, except on Alaska cruises that sail to/from Whittier and Vancouver.

Crew Vaccinated?: Ongoing on a ship-by-ship basis, with crew fully vaccinated as ships return to service.


Lindblad Expeditons

National Geographic Explorer

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers aged 5 and older must be vaccinated. All passengers 12 years of age and over who completed their primary vaccine series more than five months ago are required to present proof of booster prior to embarkation.

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.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Yes, at Lindblad's expense.

Masking and Physical Distancing Requirements: No.

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: All passengers aged 12 and above must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccination requirement is also applicable to guests who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days. There is no requirement for a vaccine booster shot.

Bahamas Sailings: The Bahamas is now requiring proof of vaccination for all travellers under the age of 12. Any cruiser embarking from Atlantic or Gulf ports (including Florida) with a port of call in the Bahamas must present full proof of vaccination in order to board.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, though passengers who are unvaccinated, or who are unwilling to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination -- will face additional health and safety restrictions, including additional testing (at cost to the cruiser), and the requirement to purchase MSC Cruises Travel Insurance & COVID-19 Protection Services. Fees will be waived for unvaccinated children under 5 who are currently ineligible to be vaccinated.

Mandatory COVID-19 Insurance?: Yes, for non-vaccinated passengers sailing on departures out of Florida only.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? For short cruises under 5 nights, vaccinated passengers do not have to take a test., but all unvaccinated guests ages 2 or older must take one within 3 days of the sailing. All passengers, including those who are vaccinated, must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of embarkation if the cruise is 6 nights or longer. Pre-embarkation or embarkation testing is not required for guests under two years of age.

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

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 sailinsg 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 reqired 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? Yes, no later than three days prior to embarkation.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Yes, at Ponant's expense.

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

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes


Princess Cruises

Sky Princess (Image: Princess Cruises)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers over five.

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, under fives. Additional testing will be required, along with other health and safety protocols.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required?Yes. Requirements vary depending on vaccination status. 

For full-vaccinated (no booster): Antigen within 2 days or PCR within 3 days of departure. 

Up to date (received booster): Antigen or PCR within 3 days of departure. 

Unvaccinated (i.e. children): PCR within 3 days PLUS Antigen at the cruise terminal. 

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 August 8, Royal Caribbean will welcome unvaccinated guests onboard select sailings. Some sailings will still require full vaccination for all passengers over the age of 12.

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.

Bahamas Sailings: The Bahamas is now requiring proof of vaccination for all travellers under the age of 12. Any cruiser embarking from Atlantic or Gulf ports (including Florida) with a port of call in the Bahamas must present full proof of vaccination in order to board.

Florida Sailings Only: Royal Caribbean strongly recommends passengers voluntarily disclose proof of vaccination at check-in. In accordance with Florida state law, providing proof of vaccination will be voluntary. However, passengers who elect to not provide proof of vaccination will be considered "unvaccinated" and will be subject to additional health and safety measures. These include mandatory mask usage, restrictions on access to public areas throughout the vessel, and additional COVID-19 testing that will be billed at $136 per person to passengers' SeaPass accounts.

Mandatory COVID-19 Insurance?: Yes, for non-vaccinated passengers sailing on departures out of Florida only.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, though with some conditions in place, such as the requirement to provide a negative pre-cruise COVID-19 test.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Beginning August 8, fully vaccinated passengers will not need a test for sailings five days or less. Unvaccinated passengers, and all passengers on sailings six days and over, will still need a pre-arrival COVID-19 test.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? No, unless passengers are unvaccinated. Unvaccinated children will be given a complimentary test pierside. Children under two are exempt from pierside testing.

Masks and Physical Distancing Requirements: Masks are optional for fully vaccinated passengers. Unvaccinated children over the age of two are expected to continue wearing masks indoors and in crowded settings. Masks are required for all children age 2 and older while at the Adventure Ocean youth program.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes.


Seabourn

Seabourn Ovation (Photo: Seabourn Cruises)

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers over the age of 12.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, children under five do not need to be vaccinated. Children between five - 11 years of age may sail if unvaccinated, but will need to go through an exemption process and may be subject to additional testing, fees and protocols. However, exemptions are very limited on all cruises and not available for guests 12 years of age and older on cruises that go to a Canadian port.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? All passengers over 2 will be required to produce a negative viral COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) result taken within three days of their embarkation if up to date with vaccinations (including booster) or within two days for passengers who are vaccinated without booster or unvaccinated.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Only for passengers who receive a vaccination exemption. Only pre-travel PCR tests (and not Antigen tests) are accepted for unvaccinated passengers. Unvaccinated guests will continue to be charged $150 per person for testing and administration.

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

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes, and vaccinations ongoing.


Silversea

Silver Spirit

Who Needs to Be Vaccinated: All passengers aged 12 and over need to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 at least two weeks before travel. From March 1, 2022, all passengers will need to have received the COVID-19 booster dose if they received their second dose of the vaccine more than 90 days before embarkation date, in order to sail.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? Yes, under-12s.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Yes, all passengers are required to present a negative PCR test result, administered by a verified third party within two days prior to boarding for fully-vaccinated passengers and up to three days prior to boarding for up to date vaccinated passengers.

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 (Victory Cruise Lines)

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 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? For sailings departing July 1, 2022 and beyond Windstar requires guests to arrive at the pier with a negative COVID-19 test result in hand. Windstar will accept antigen tests taken within two days of boarding or PCR tests within three days of boarding. This replaces previous testing at the pier.

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?: Ongoing

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.

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.

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.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail?Yes, children, however, they will be asked to provide a negative PCR or Antigen test result taken within 72 hours of embarkation.

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: All passengers sailing on Viking's river journeys need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Are Any Unvaccinated Passengers Able to Sail? No.

Is A Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Test Required? Yes. Passengers can opt to take a COVID-19 PCR test (with a laboratory-certified proof of negative result) within 72 hours prior to boarding the first outbound flight from the passenger’s home country or take a COVID-19 antigen test (with a laboratory-certified proof of negative result) within 24 hours prior to boarding the first outbound flight from the passenger’s home country.

Is A Pierside, Pre-Embarkation COVID-19 Test Required? Yes, for some itineraries.

Onboard Testing: Daily non-invasive, saliva-based PCR testing is required of all passengers.

Masking and Physical Distancing Requirements: Face masks are optional.

Crew Vaccinated?: Yes

Updated August 08, 2022

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