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ROYAL CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL’S VACCINE POLICIES

Updated July 7, 2021

 

For cruises departing from all U.S. ports (except Florida ports), Royal Caribbean requires all guests 16 years of age and older to be fully vaccinated, and from Aug. 1, all guests 12 years of age and 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.

On cruises departing from Florida ports, all guests are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated. Based on our guest surveys, we expect 90% of all our guests to be fully vaccinated. Guests eligible but not fully vaccinated or able to show proof of vaccination will be subject to testing and additional health protocols at their own expense. Children not eligible for vaccines will be subject to complimentary testing and health protocols.  

Vaccine requirements are one of the many layers that safeguard the well-being of our guests, crew and the communities we visit. Additional health and safety measures include our fully vaccinated crew, testing, the robust onboard ventilation system and enhanced cleaning.

As we work to finalize all protocols for cruises departing from U.S. ports, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well state and local authorities, our goal is to fully comply with federal, state and local laws, as we always have. Royal Caribbean will continue to evaluate and update its health and safety measures as circumstances evolve and in compliance with federal, state and local government and health authorities.

Guests and travel advisors looking for information on our measures can visit our website: cruises from the U.S. and Bahamas, cruises from the UK and Cyprus, cruises from Spain and Italy, cruises from Singapore, and cruises from Hong Kong. The vaccine policies, which are in line with local regulations, are currently the following:

  • Cruises from Washington and The Bahamas: Guests who are 16 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and those 12 and older as of Aug. 1.
  • Cruises from Florida: It is strongly recommended that guests set sail fully vaccinated, if they are eligible. Those who are unvaccinated or unable to verify vaccination will be required to undergo testing and follow other protocols at their own expense. Based on our guest surveys, we expect 90% of all our guests to be fully vaccinated.
  • Cruises from Texas: Guests who are 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Cruises from the UK: Sailing UK residents age 18 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and those under the age of 18 are required to receive negative test results.
  • Cruises from Spain, Italy and Cyprus: Guests age 18 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and those under the age of 18 are required to receive negative test results.
  • Cruises from Singapore: Sailing Singapore guests are not required to be vaccinated but must follow the protocols outlined by the Singapore government.
  • Cruises from Hong Kong: Sailing Honk Kong residents age 16 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and those 12 and older as of Oct. 15. All guests are required to receive negative test results before boarding.

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Royal Caribbean International is applying the recommendations of its Healthy Sail Panel of public health and scientific experts to provide a safer and healthier cruise vacation on all of its sailings. Health and safety protocols, regional travel restrictions and clearance to visit ports of call, are subject to change based on ongoing evaluation, public health standards, and government requirements. For more information on the latest health and travel alerts, U.S. government travel advisories, please visit https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates or consult travel advisories, warnings or recommendations relating to cruise travel on applicable government websites.
NOTICE: For U.S. cruises and guests: Prior to booking, please consult all applicable U.S. Centers for Disease Control travel advisories, warnings, or recommendations relating to cruise travel, available at www.cdc.gov/travel/notices. If a certain threshold level of COVID-19 is detected onboard your cruise ship during your voyage, your voyage will be ended immediately and the ship will return to the port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted or delayed. For cruises and guests worldwide: Health and safety protocols, guest conduct rules, as well as regional travel restrictions and clearance to visit ports of call, are subject to change without notice based on ongoing evaluation, public health standards, and government requirements. Onboard and destination experiences, features, itineraries and guest conduct rules vary by ship and destination and are subject to change without notice.