What We Know: Which Cruise Lines Will Require A COVID-19 Vaccine for Passengers and Crew?

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Latest Update: July 20, 2021. As cruise lines begin rolling out their new health and safety protocol prior to a return to sailing, vaccine requirements have been a major topic of discussion around the cruise industry. At this time, no industry requirement has been set by the CDC, however, lines have slowly been announcing their own requirements for passengers and crew regarding vaccines. The following is what we know so far regarding vaccine requirements by each cruise line. 

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways will require all guests and crew to complete an online health questionnaire. At embarkation, temperature checks will be made and if any further testing is deemed necessary, passengers will be referred to a nearby shoreside medical center. All luggage handles will be sanitized prior to stateroom delivery. For more information, please refer to AmaWaterways protocol information.

American Cruise Lines 

American Cruise Line will require a COVID-19 vaccine for all passengers sailing on any cruise after April 10, 2021. 

American Queen Steamboat Company & Victory Cruise Line

American Queen Steamboat Company and sister brand Victory Cruise Line announced that beginning July 1, 2021, all crew and passengers traveling with the lines, will be required to provide proof of the COVID-19 vaccination before sailing. This announcement made these two lines the first in North America to stipulate this requirement. Read More: Two North American Cruise Brands Announce Vaccine Requirements

Avalon Waterways 

Avalon will require all passengers to present digital or printed proof of vaccination prior to sailing with the line. 

Azamara 

All guests ages 18 and over traveling with Azamara will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Carnival Cruise Line 

Carnival Cruise Line has announced a vaccine requirement for all cruises slated through the end of October. However, there is an exemption process to accommodate a small number of guests (5%) who are unable or ineligible to be vaccinated (children under 12 and other exceptions as required by federal law). These passengers must submit a request and be approved by Carnival prior to sailing. 

Carnival has yet to release vaccine protocol for sailings beyond October at the time. 

Celebrity Cruises 

Celebrity has confirmed that for its Caribbean sailings out of St. Maarten this June, the Celebrity Millennium will sail with a vaccinated crew and will be available to vaccinated adult guests and children under the age of 18 with a negative test result within 72 hours of embarkation. Guests on Celebrity Apex Summer 2021 Mediterranean cruises will also have to present proof of vaccine to sail. Guests over age 16 will have to present proof of vaccine for all Summer 2021 Alaska cruises with Celebrity.

For the line's first cruises out of the United States, in all states but Florida, passengers over 16 will be required to have been fully vaccinated two weeks prior to boarding and starting in August, that requirement includes all passengers ages 12 and up. Unvaccinated guests sailing from Florida will be subject to additional testing protocol, mask guidelines, book Celebrity sponsored excursions while in port, and will be subject to restrictions in certain venues such as dining rooms, theatres, and casinos. 

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises will require all of its passengers to have received the COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks prior to sailing. Each passenger will be required to present proof of vaccine prior to boarding any Crystal ship. This requirement is in addition to the Crystal Clean+ 4.0 measures, which include a negative COVID-19 test and a health screening questionnaire. Read More: Crystal Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Cunard 

For all cruises departing from October 13 to December 31, 2021, Cunard will require all guests 18 years old and over to have completed their vaccination a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing. All guests 17 years old and below will need to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel. All guests will also require a negative Covid-19 test at the terminal to board. 

Disney Cruise Line 

All guests ages 18+ sailing on Disney's 2021 Summer UK cruises will be required to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Disney Cruise Line has yet to release vaccine protocols for its U.S. sailings. 

Emerald Waterways 

Emerald Waterway will require all passengers to present proof of receiving the vaccine at least 14 days prior to cruising. 

Holland America Line

Holland America will require all passengers to have received the COVID-19 vaccine prior to cruising and to present proof prior to embarkation. Requirements for 2022 voyages have yet to be released by the line. 

MSC Cruises 

MSC Cruises will not have a vaccine requirement for its cruises out of the U.S., however the line strongly encourages all passengers to be fully vaccinated prior to sailing. Unvaccinated passengers will be subject to testing at an additional cost of the guest, health and safety measures, and will be subject to an insurance requirement. Children under 12 will have all fees waived. MSC will not have a vaccine requirement for passengers on its Summer 2021 series of cruises for UK residents out of Southampton, however, guests will have to have received a negative COVID test result prior to sailing. 

Norwegian Cruise Line 

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the parent company of Norwegian Cruise Line, will require all guests and crew to have received the COVID-19 vaccine prior to sailing for all cruises through October 2021. According to an official statement from Norwegian by, "requiring full and complete vaccinations of guests and crew, the Company believes it shares in the spirit and exceeds the intent of the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order (“CSO”) to advance mutual public health goals and protect guests, crew and the communities it visits." 

Oceania 

Oceania will require all guests and crew to have received the COVID-19 vaccine prior to sailing. According to an official statement from parent company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings by, "requiring full and complete vaccinations of guests and crew, the Company believes it shares in the spirit and exceeds the intent of the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order (“CSO”) to advance mutual public health goals and protect guests, crew and the communities it visits." 

P&O Cruises

P&O will require passengers to have received the vaccination prior to boarding its Summer 2021 UK cruises departing from Southhampton. Passengers must have received both doses of the vaccine (if applicable) at least one week prior to sailing. 

Princess Cruises 

All passengers sailing with Princess will be required to present proof of vaccine prior to cruising. The line will allow a small number of unvaccinated passengers to sail on a case by case basis.

Princess will require all guests sailing on its Summer 2021 Alaska and UK cruises to have received the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14-days prior to sailing. As a result of this requirement, Princess has made the decision to not sail with unvaccinated children on Alaska cruises for Majestic Princess when it begins sailing July 25, 2021.

Regent Seven Seas

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the parent company of Regent Seven Seas, will require all guests and crew to have received the COVID-19 vaccine prior to sailing. According to an official statement from Norwegian by, "requiring full and complete vaccinations of guests and crew, the Company believes it shares in the spirit and exceeds the intent of the CDC’s Conditional Sailing Order (“CSO”) to advance mutual public health goals and protect guests, crew and the communities it visits." 

Royal Caribbean International

For cruises departing from all U.S. ports (except Florida ports), Royal Caribbean will require all guests 16 years of age or older to be fully vaccinated, and from Aug. 1, all guests 12 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated. Younger travelers not yet eligible for the vaccine will be able to sail with a negative test result and must follow certain protocols to be shared by cruise line. These are Royal Caribbean's current vaccine policies for ports around the world:  

  • Cruises from Seattle: Guests who are 16 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and those 12 or older as of Aug. 1.
  • Cruises from Florida: For all August cruises from Florida, the line says "strongly recommend all guests 12 years and older be fully vaccinated. To be considered fully vaccinated, the final dose of the vaccine must be completed at least 14 days before sailing. Those who are 12 years and older and do not have or are unable to provide documentation will be considered unvaccinated. Our unvaccinated guests must undergo additional COVID-19 testing at their own expense, provide proof of a valid insurance policy with sufficient medical coverage for needs related to a positive COVID-19 test result, and follow the health protocols described below, which are based on guidance from the CDC." Children ages 2-11 will undergo additional testing at no additional charge, as well as additional health and safety protocols, including a PCR test. onboard antigen testing, required to take Royal Caribbean-sponsored port visits, and are subject to additional health protocol onboard. 
  • Cruises from Texas: Guests who are 12 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Cruises from The Bahamas: Guests who are 16 years of age or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those 12 or older as of Aug. 1
  • Cruises from the UK: Sailing UK residents above the age of 18 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and those under the age of 18 are required to receive negative test results.
  • Cruises from Cyprus: Guests above the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and those under the age of 18 with negative test results can sail.
  • Cruises from Spain: Guests above the age of 18 who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those under the age of 18 with negative test results can sail.
  • Cruises from Singapore: Sailing Singapore guests are not required to be vaccinated but must follow the protocols outlined by the Singapore government

Seabourn

Seabourn will require proof of vaccination for its Summer 2021 Greek Isles cruises out of Athens. At this time the line has not announced vaccine requirements for additional sailings. 

SeaDream

At this time, no official announcement has been made by SeaDream regarding vaccine requirements for passengers or crew.  

Silverseas Cruises 

Silverseas has announced they will require all passengers and crew to be fully vaccinated prior to sailing. The vaccine requirement is for all sailings except for those departing from Australia.

Viking Ocean and River Cruises

Viking Ocean and River Cruises will require all passengers on its Icelandic, Bermuda, U.K., and Europe cruises to present proof of COVID vaccination. 

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages has announced that all passengers and crew must be vaccinated prior to boarding any Virgin Voyages ship. This official requirement will go into effect for all Virgin Voyages departures once the line begins sailing operations. Virgin has not specified details regarding what passengers will need to present to sail to prove they have received the vaccine. Read More: Virgin Voyages to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for All Passengers & Crew

Uniworld Cruises 

At this time, no official announcement has been made by Uniworld Cruises regarding vaccine requirements for passengers or crew. 

Windstar Cruises 

Windstar has announced all guests sailing with the line will be required to present proof of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to embarkation. 

 

5 Comments

Posted by GGmatexan

I'm surprised that Royal Caribbean says nothing about the crew being fully vaccinated.

Posted by MilissaJ

What a great way to kill off business by requiring customers to take a dangerous set of shots. I'll miss cruising, but not enough to risk the documented side effects of these shots.

Posted by GGmaRose

I'm shocked by MilissaJ's comment! I sat in the ICU with my husband of 48 years gasping to breath as this terrible virus killed a healthy 67 year old man! Luckily I didn't catch it, but I darn sure was vaccinated as soon as I could! The chances of some side effects are the same chances you take when you fill any RX ( just read the warnings if you don't believe me!). This virus kills in a way that is terrifying plus leaves the few survivors with lifelong issues in their hearts, lungs, etc. So yes, I agree that cruises should require both the crews and passengers to prove they care enough about each other's life to try and protect each other! It's obvious she hasn't lost anyone to this nasty virus.

Posted by NoLongerCruisin

I feel there are 2 things very wrong with requiring people to show proof of being vaccinated. 1. It should be against our Hepa rights to require us to show proof of any of our medical records including but not limited to vaccinations. 2. These vaccines are still in the trial phase and we should not be REQUIRED to enter into a medical trial. Oh and what happened to our constitutional right of freedom of choice. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE THE SHOT... I HAVE THE RIGHT NOT TO TAKE THE SHOT!!!

Posted by missiej2000

I pity the woman that would give up her essential freedom for perceived security. I'm sorry for her loss, but as a person in the age group with a less than .2% chance of dying from this, I will forgo cruising and if they continue this nonsense, I won't be back. I know many many people that feel the same way. It will be a pity if this is what kills the cruising industry.

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