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Which cruise lines require a Covid vaccine? Complete guide to major cruises

Author: Harriet Mallinson

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Cruise holidays may have returned but many rules still remain in place with most cruise lines requiring a Covid vaccine - which are they?

From P&O Cruises and Carnival to Royal Caribbean and Princess Cruises, this is what you need to know about what the major cruise lines require regarding Covid vaccination.

Carnival Cruise Line

Vaccine required? Yes

"Guests will not be able to sail unless they are fully vaccinated and received their final dose of the vaccine no later than 14 days prior to embarkation," says Carnival.

"Please take a few moments to review your vaccination record prior to your cruise and confirm you meet this important requirement. Guests who did not receive their final dose within the required time will not be allowed to sail and no refund will be provided."

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Celebrity Cruises

Vaccine required? Yes

Celebrity says: "We will sail with a vaccinated crew and at least 95 percent fully vaccinated guests. All guests 16 years and older must be fully vaccinated with all COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at least 14 days prior to sailing. 

"As of August 1, 2021, all guests age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. All UK guests sailing on Celebrity Silhouette 18 years and older must be fully vaccinated."

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Cunard

Vaccine required? Yes

For UK departures up to and including October 1, 2021 "all guests travelling, of all ages, must have a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing following the second dose of the currently approved Covid- 19 vaccines being administered or 14 days following the recently approved single-dose Janssen Covid-19 vaccine being administered."

Cunard added: "All guests will need to provide proof of vaccination and the dates given, and must show this at the terminal prior to boarding.

For all cruises departing from October 13 to December 31, 2021: "All guests 18 years old and over will be required to have completed their vaccination course 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 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. The PCR and Covid-19 test at the terminal will be provided on a complimentary basis. This vaccination and testing policy will be reviewed on a regular basis as the global situation continues to evolve."

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Cunard requires all passengers to have their Covid vaccine, no matter their age.

Fred. Olsen

Vaccine required? Yes

Fred. Olsen details: "It will be a requirement for all guests to be fully vaccinated to join us onboard this summer. We have made this decision following new research on the vaccine, which has found that those who are fully vaccinated are not only less likely to become seriously unwell, but also less likely to pass on the virus too.

"The safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew is always our utmost priority, and as a result, we will be requiring all guests to be fully vaccinated (with at least 10 days since the date of your second vaccination) to be able to sail with us."

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Holland America Line

Vaccine required? Yes

"Vaccinated cruises are available for guests who have received their final dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the cruise and have proof of vaccination," states Holland America Line.

"It’s important for guests to come prepared, as those who arrive at the embarkation terminal without the proper proof of vaccination will not be able to cruise, and no refund will be issued."

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Cruise holidays: Most cruise lines require a Covid vaccine. Credit: Shutterstock

MSC Cruises

Vaccine required? No

MSC clarifies: For MSC Virtuosa’ sailings around the British Isles from 24th July onwards, updated policies apply: Guests will be considered “fully vaccinated” 14 days after receiving a full course of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. Guests who are fully vaccinated will be required to present evidence of this status prior to embarkation (i.e. NHS app, vaccination certificate or card).

"All guests who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, specifically those who are under 18 years of age, who are medically exempt in relation to vaccination, who have not yet received their second vaccine dose, or who will be less than 14 days since their second dose at the time of departure of the cruise, will need to have taken a PCR (molecular) or antigen (lateral flow) test within the last 72 hours prior to arrival at the terminal for embarkation."

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Norwegian Cruise Line

Vaccine required? Yes

NCL says: "All guests and crew must be fully vaccinated, at least two weeks prior to departure, in order to board. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all sailings embarking through October 31, 2021- we will follow the science to make determinations on requirements for all other future sailings."

P&O Cruises

Vaccine required? Yes

P&O states: "The policy for the UK coastal cruises (departures from June 27 until September 24 2021) remains that all guests travelling, of all ages, must have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing (or 14 days prior to sailing if an approved single dose vaccine)."

The cruise line added: "For all holidays departing from September 25 to December 31, 2021, all guests aged 18 years and over will be required to have completed their vaccination course a minimum of 14 days prior to sailing. All guests aged 17 years and under 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."

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Princess Cruises

Vaccine required? Yes

Princess explains: "For guests on voyages sailing from Southampton between September 30 and November 3, 2021, on Regal Princess and between October 5 and November 5, 2021, on Sky Princess, all guests 18 years old and over will be required to have completed their vaccination course 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 14 days prior to sailing or will require a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to travel."

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Royal Caribbean

Vaccine required? Yes on select cruises

"Vaccination requirements vary by port of departure and by age group," says Royal Caribbean. "We are continually adding, monitoring and adjusting information on vaccination requirements as public health conditions evolve. Booked guests will be advised of the latest requirements for their port of departure before sailing."

Vaccine required cruises are as follows: cruises departing from Seattle, Washington; Nassau, Bahamas; Galveston, Texas; Barcelona, Spain and Limassol, Cyprus.

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Viking Cruises

Vaccine required? Yes

Until at least September 30, 2021, all Viking sailings will be available exclusively for vaccinated guests.

Viking details: "Currently, we will require vaccinations among guests for sailings scheduled to depart at least through September 30, 2021. Viking’s medical and operations teams will continue to monitor vaccination rates and entry requirements - and will adjust our protocol and policies as needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew."

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Virgin Voyages

Vaccine required? Yes

Virgin states: "Our intention is that all Crew and Sailors are vaccinated since this is aligned with the recommendation from the CDC and UK government for resuming cruise travel.

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