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

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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

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

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, have 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 

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

Azamara 

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

Carnival Cruise Line 

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

Celebrity Cruises 

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

Costa Cruises  

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

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 

Cunard will require all guests sailing on its UK summer voyages to have received the COVID-19 vaccine at least 7 days prior to sailing. All other voyages on sale from Cunard currently do not specify if they will require vaccination.

Disney Cruise Line 

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

Emerald Waterways 

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

Holland America Line

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

MSC Cruises 

At this time, no official announcement has been made by MSC Cruises regarding vaccine requirements for passengers or crew. MSC will not have a vaccine requirement for passengers on its Summer 2021 series of cruises for UK residents out of Southampton. 

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. 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 

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd, the parent company of Oceania, 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." 

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 

At this time, no official announcement has been made by Princess Cruises regarding vaccine requirements for passengers or crew. However, Princess will require all guests sailing on its Summer 2021 UK cruises to have received the COVID-19 vaccine prior to sailing. 

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

Royal Caribbean will offer “fully vaccinated sailings” on the Odyssey of the Seas starting this May out of Haifa, Israel. According to the line, this will make Royal Caribbean “the first to offer fully vaccinated sailings, where both crew and guests above the age of 16 will be vaccinated against COVID-19.” Royal Caribbean has also stipulated all passengers over 18 must present proof of the COVID-19 vaccine who are sailing on its Summer 2021 cruises out of Nassau and Bermuda. 

At this time, no official announcement has been made by Royal Caribbean regarding vaccine requirements for passengers or crew for any of its other sailings. 

Seabourn

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

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

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

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. 

Latest Update: April 5, 2021

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